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Fallout continues for American, Southwest after FAA grounds Boeing Max jets

16 March 2019
Fallout continues for American, Southwest after FAA grounds Boeing Max jets

Both major Canadian airlines relied heavily on the 737 Max planes, and warned the groundings would cause delays and disruptions as they deployed other aircraft.

More than 300 Boeing 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 passenger jets around the world have been taken out of service following two fatal crashes over the past five months in Ethiopia and Indonesia that killed nearly 350 people combined.

But in the meantime, the 737 MAX jets that had been in service will remain grounded indefinitely - all 371 of them. "Given the fact that Boeing and the NTSB went out to this latest crash and have all but said, they suspect the MCAS system to be culprit here".

American's fleet includes 24 MAX 8 aircraft, responsible for 85 daily flights, all of which had to be canceled as a result of the Federal Aviation Administration's directive issued on Wednesday. At a minimum, aviation experts say, the plane maker will need to finish updating software that might have played a role in the Lion Air crash.

Boeing earlier assured that this type of aircraft was safe.

Boeing however, said that it would still continue building the planes, which came as good news for thousands of the company's employees who work on the assembly line.

Vietnamese air carrier VietJet has also said it will decide on its future orders after the probe, while the Indian government announced that it wouldn't take deliveries of 737 MAX series jets until safety concerns are cleared. A separate division also provides interior systems for the Boeing 737 Max, including lavatory and oxygen systems. 737 Max that crashed last Sunday in Ethiopia indicates the plane was configured to dive, a piece of evidence that helped convince USA regulators to ground the model, a person familiar with the investigation said late Thursday night.

Indonesia's Lion Air, after the deadly crash of October 2018, has dropped a business order for 737 MAX worth $22 billion. "The safety and security of our customers and colleagues will never be compromised, and once authorities advise to cease operations we will of course comply". According to the report, the pilot asked to turn back only three minutes into the flight.

"Overall, we view the interruptions from the 737 MAX grounding as a temporary, one-off issue", Spracklin wrote.