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FACTBOX-Global airlines' reaction to Ethiopian Airlines crash

Tue 12th March, 2019 11:00am
(Adds comments and fleet details)
    March 12 (Reuters) - Authorities across the globe have taken
steps to ensure airlines refrain from operating the Boeing 737
MAX 8 aircraft in the aftermath of the fatal crash of a plane of
the same type operated by Ethiopian Airlines on
Sunday. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL8N20X0CZ
    China and Indonesia have grounded Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft
operated by their airlines, Singapore and Australia suspended
operations of all Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in and out of their
airports and Ethiopian Airlines has also grounded its MAX 8
jets. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL3N20Z0R6
    Boeing has said 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
    Other airlines continue to operate the narrowbody jet. Here
is what airlines and regulators have said so far:
    

    AIR CANADA  AC.TO 
    "We have offered our assistance and are following closely
the investigation. We have operated this aircraft type since
2017 and currently have 24 in our fleet. These aircraft have
performed excellently from a safety, reliability and customer
satisfaction perspective."
    
    AMERICAN AIRLINES  AAL.O  
    The company said it remained fully confident in the aircraft
and that it was closely monitoring the investigation.
    
    Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority
    The regulator said it had temporarily suspended the
operation of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft to or from the country.    

    BRAZIL'S AIR TRAVEL REGULATOR 
    The regulator said it was not grounding the aircraft and
that it was following the investigation. 
    
    CAYMAN AIRWAYS 
    The airline said it had grounded both of its MAX 8 jets
until it got more information on the crash.
    
    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 .
    Air China, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern
Airlines operate 45 MAX 8 planes.
    
    COMAIR  COMJ.J  
    The South African airline said it would monitor
investigations into Sunday's crash. It has ordered eight models
of the aircraft and took delivery of the first one last month.
    
    FIJI AIRWAYS 
    The airline which operates 2 MAX 8 planes said it was
confident in the jet.    
    
    FLYDUBAI
    "We are monitoring the situation and continue to be in touch
with Boeing. We remain confident in the airworthiness of our
fleet."
    The airline has 12 MAX 8 jets in its fleet.
    A flydubai spokeswoman said that post review of the
continued airworthiness notification received from the Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA), no further action was required.
    
    INDIA'S DIRECTORATE GENERAL OF CIVIL AVIATION (DGCA) 
    The regulator said it would issue additional safety
instructions to Indian carriers operating the MAX 8. Jet Airways
 JET.NS  and SpiceJet Ltd  SPJT.BO  operate the plane.
    
    NORWEGIAN AIR  NWC.OL 
    The company said it would continue to operate 737 MAX 8 jets
as normal. The airline has 18 MAX jets in its fleet of 164
aircraft at the end of 2018, and is expected to take delivery of
dozens more the coming years. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL8N20Y0SC
    
    Singapore's Civil Aviation Authority (CAAS)
    Singapore's Civil Aviation Authority suspended operations of
all Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in and out of their airports 
    Singapore Airlines  SIAL.SI  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 
    South Korea is conducting an emergency inspection on Eastar
Jet's two MAX 8 jets, a ministry official said.
    The South Korean budget carrier Eastar Jet said it would
temporarily ground its two 737 MAX 8s from Wednesday to better
cooperate with the government's required emergency safety
inspections, an airline spokesman said on Tuesday.
    
    SOUTHWEST AIRLINES  LUV.N  
    The airline said it remained fully confident in the aircraft
and was closely monitoring the investigation
    
    SPICEJET  SPJT.BO  
    The low-cost Indian airline said all 12 of its MAX 8s were
currently flying and the company has ordered another 155 MAX
planes.
      
    TUI  TUIGn.DE 
    "From our experience we can operate the aircraft safely," a
TUI spokesperson said. The airline operates 17 MAX 8 jets.
  
    TURKISH AIRLINES  THYAO.IS 
    "We are in contact with Boeing, the aircraft producer, on
the operations of the Boeing 737 Max," CEO Bilal Eksi tweeted. 
"Flight safety is our priority. We are closely monitoring
developments. We are carrying out all our operations by keeping
flight safety at the highest level."
    The airline operates 13 MAX 8 planes
    
    Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV)
    Vietnam state media reported the aviation regulator will not
issue licences to local airlines to operate the 737 MAX until
the cause of the Ethiopian crash is determined. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL3N20Z1NS
    
    BAMBOO AIRWAYS
    The Vietnamese airline, which announced last month it was in
talks to buy 25 Boeing 737 planes, declined to comment.   
    
    Virgin Australia  VAH.AX  
    The Australian airline said it will continue to work with
Boeing, the airline does not have any 737 MAX 8 aircraft
currently and said its first delivery was not due until
November.   

    WESTJET  WJA.TO 
    "We are monitoring the situation closely and will not
speculate on the cause of the incident at this time. We have 13
MAX aircraft in our fleet of 121 Boeing 737s."

 (Compiled by Alexander Cornwell in Dubai and Chandini Monnappa
in Bangalore; Editing by Mark Potter and Shreejay Sinha)
 ((Alexander.Cornwell@thomsonreuters.com;))
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