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FACTBOX-Boeing 737 MAX 8 groundings spread around the world

Wed 13th March, 2019 5:30pm
(Updates Southwest; adds WestJet, Nigeria, Ukraine) March 13 (Reuters) - Aviation regulators around the globe are grounding Boeing's BA.N 737 MAX aircraft following Sunday's deadly plane crash in Ethiopia. Regulators in the United States, where Boeing is based, remained an exception. Boeing reiterated that the investigation into the crash remains in its early stages and it has no basis to issue new guidance to operators. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL3N20Y01C The U.S. aviation regulator said it would not ground the planes and that a review "shows no systemic performance issues and provides no basis to order grounding the aircraft", but will "take immediate and appropriate action" if issues are identified. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL1N20Z10B Here is what airlines and regulators worldwide have said: AEROMEXICO AEROMEX.MX The Mexican airline said it suspended the operation of its six MAX 8 planes and those flights would be covered by the rest of its fleet. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nE1N1YT00E AMERICAN AIRLINES AAL.O The company said it remained fully confident in the aircraft. Mechanics' union TWU has urged the company's chief executive to ground MAX 8s. AUSTRALIA'S CIVIL AVIATION SAFETY AUTHORITY The regulator said it had suspended the operation of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft to or from the country. BERMUDA CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY The British overseas territory's aviation authority said it prohibited MAX 8 and MAX 9 aircraft from its airspace. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nE1N1S801A BRAZIL'S AIR TRAVEL REGULATOR, GOL LINHAS AEREAS INTELIGENTES SA GOLL4.SA The Brazilian regulator said it was not grounding the aircraft. Gol, which operates seven MAX 8s, said it was suspending use of the aircraft. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nE6N20K007 CANADA'S TRANSPORT MINISTRY, AIR CANADA AC.TO , WESTJET AIRLINES WJA.TO Canada Transport Minister Marc Garneau said Ottawa would stop 737 MAX 8 and 9 planes from flying into, out of or over Canadian airspace. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL1N2100Z4 Air Canada said customers could expect delays in re-booking and in reaching its call centres. Its 737 MAX operations on average fly 9,000-12,000 passengers every day. WestJet said it is contacting impacted passengers to arrange alternate travel plans. CAYMAN AIRWAYS The airline said it had grounded both its MAX 8 jets. CHINA'S AVIATION REGULATOR The regulator grounded 96 MAX 8s including those operated by Air China 601111.SS , China Eastern Airlines 600115.SS , China Southern Airlines 600029.SS and Hainan Airlines 600221.SS . COMAIR COMJ.J The South African airline said it would remove 737 MAX 8 jets from its schedule. It has ordered eight aircraft of this type but has only received one. EUROPEAN AVIATION SAFETY AGENCY The European Union's aviation safety agency has suspended all flights in the bloc by 737-8 and 737-9 airplanes. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL8N20Z6CP ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES The airline whose plane crashed on Sunday, killing all 157 on board, grounded the remaining four of its 737 MAX 8 fleet on Monday. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL3N20Y12R The company's chief executive officer said Boeing should ground all of its 737 MAX 8 jets until it is established that they are safe to fly. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL8N2102TM CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY OF FIJI, FIJI AIRWAYS The airline and the authority temporarily grounded the carrier's two 737 MAX planes, saying they had confidence in the model's airworthiness but would suspend flights out of deference to public concern and regulatory action around the world. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nS9N1WY00W HONG KONG'S CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT The agency said operation of all 737 max aircraft into, out of and over Hong Kong will be temporarily prohibited. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nH9N20R01Q INDIAN MINISTRY OF CIVIL AVIATION, SPICEJET SPJT.BO , JET AIRWAYS JET.NS India says it will not allow 737 MAX aircraft to enter or transit its airspace. SpiceJet, which has 12 MAX 8s and another 155 MAX planes on order, said it expects to complete the grounding of those planes on Wednesday. Jet Airways said it is not flying the aircraft. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL3N2100YO IRAQ'S CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY Iraq banned 737 MAX aircraft from entering or transiting its airspace. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nS8N1ZN08G KAZAKHSTAN'S CIVIL AVIATION COMMITTEE Kazakhstan suspended 737 Max flights. Only one aircraft of that make is registered in the Central Asian nation, belonging to a privately-owned Scat airline. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL8N2100IZ KUWAIT CIVIL AVIATION The aviation authority banned MAX 8 aircraft from its airspace, state news agency KUNA said. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL8N20Z6R8 MACAU'S CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY The regulator says it is suspending approvals of requests by airlines to use the 737 MAX. There are no such aircraft currently registered in Macau. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nB9N1OJ04P MIAT MONGOLIAN AIRLINES The state airline, which rented one 737 MAX from Feb. 1, grounded the aircraft. It had signed a contract to rent three Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft and was planning to rent the other two later this year. NIGERIA'S MINISTER OF AVIATION Nigeria has issued a warning to all airline operators not to operate 737, MAX 8s and 9s into and outside any airport in the country until the cause of the crashed Ethiopian Airline plane is made known, the minister said. NORWEGIAN AIR NWC.OL The company will temporarily ground its MAX 8 passenger jets at the advice of European regulators. It operates 18 MAX jets. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nO9N207020 Norwegian also said it will seek compensation from Boeing for costs and lost revenue. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL8N21012O NEW ZEALAND'S CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY The regulator suspended MAX aircraft from flying to or from the country, saying Fiji Airways would be the only airline affected. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL3N20Z50U] S7 AIRLINES Russian S7 Airlines said it would ground its two MAX 8 planes starting Wednesday and that the decision would not affect its flight schedules. SINGAPORE CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY, SINGAPORE AIRLINES SIAL.SI Singapore's Civil Aviation Authority suspended operations of all Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in and out of the country. Singapore Airlines said its unit Silk Air, which operates 6 MAX 8 planes, has temporarily withdrawn them from service. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nS7N1ZI008 SOUTH KOREA TRANSPORT MINISTRY, EASTAR JET South Korea said it is conducting an emergency inspection on Eastar Jet's two MAX 8 jets. Budget carrier Eastar Jet said it would temporarily ground its two 737 MAX 8s from Wednesday. SOUTHWEST AIRLINES LUV.N Southwest, the world's largest operator of the 737 MAX 8, said it remained fully confident in the aircraft and was closely monitoring the investigation, but would waive any fare-difference charges for customers who wish to switch to another aircraft. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL1N210141 SWISS FEDERAL OFFICE OF CIVIL AVIATION The EU's suspensions of all flights by Boeing 737 MAX 8 is also valid for Switzerland, the Swiss federal office of civil aviation said. CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY OF THAILAND The regulator said it is suspending the use of the Thai Lion Air's Boeing 737 MAX 9 for seven days due to safety concerns. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL3N210256 TUI AIRWAYS TUIGn.DE Germany's TUI Group, the largest leisure, travel and tourism company in the world, said it was discontinuing all Boeing 737 MAX 8 flights. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nS8N20S01Z TURKEY TRANSPORT MINISTRY, TURKISH AIRLINES THYAO.IS The ministry has suspended all flights by the 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 models, Anadolu news agency said. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nI7N20U00P The announcement came after Turkish Airlines THYAO.IS said it had suspended its 12 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nI7N20U00O UAE GENERAL CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY, FLYDUBAI The civil aviation regulator banned the operation of all MAX models in UAE airspace, Emirates News Agency (WAM) said. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL8N20Z5TN Flydubai, which has 11 MAX 8 aircraft in its fleet, according to Flightradar24, is the only UAE airline operating the MAX 8 and MAX 9 aircraft. UK CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY Britain suspended flights of the 737 MAX aircraft over its territory. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL8N20Z4QY UKRAINE AVIATION AUTHORITY Ukraine has suspended all flights of 737-8 and 737-9 MAX aircrafts inside its territory. UZBEKISTAN'S CIVIL AVIATION AGENCY Uzbekistan's civil aviation agency on Wednesday barred 737 Max jets from taking off or landing at local airports for one month. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL8N21023N VIETNAM'S CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY The agency said it banned 737 MAX aircraft from Vietnamese airspace. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL3N21017K VIRGIN AUSTRALIA VAH.AX The Australian airline said it would continue to work with Boeing; the airline, which does not have any 737 MAX 8 aircraft, said its first delivery was not due until November. <^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ GRAPHIC-Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft by country https://tmsnrt.rs/2NWeU90 GRAPHIC-Ethiopian Airlines crash interactive https://tmsnrt.rs/2ChBW5M ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^> (Compiled by Alexander Cornwell in Dubai, Chandini Monnappa and Uday Sampath in Bengaluru and Sayantani Ghosh in Singapore Editing by Alexander Smith and Robert Birsel) ((sayantani.ghosh@thomsonreuters.com; https://twitter.com/Sayantani82; +65 6870 3803; Reuters Messaging: sayantani.ghosh.reuters.com@reuters.net))
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