On March 13, the Boeing company supported action to temporarily ground 737 MAX operations after US President Donald Trump announced the Federal Aviation Administration’s decision about keeping the 737 Max planes out of the skies after two deadly crashes.
Having ‘full confidence in the safety of the 737 MAX, Boeing has determined — ‘out of an abundance of caution’ — to recommend to the Federal Aviation Administration the temporary suspension of operations of the entire global fleet of 371 737 MAX aircraft.
“Safety is a core value at Boeing for as long as we have been building airplanes; and it always will be. There is no greater priority for our company and our industry,” Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing’s president and CEO, said.
The US companies United Airlines, American Airlines and Southwest Airlines have the use of these planes. The European Union, Ukraine, China and other countries also suspended Boeing 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 flights.
Over the weekend, an Ethiopian Airlines flight operating with one of those 737s crashed and killed 157 people — a catastrophe that came less than six months after another aircraft of that variety crashed over Indonesian seas.
Belarus’ state-owned Belavia company has not had such planes at its disposal, but, according to earlier reports, it was expected to get two new Boeings 737 MAX8 under leasing agreements.
When reached by belsat.eu, Belavia’s press service said that the company would be taking a final decision on Boeings’ operation after the release of findings of experts’ review.
“The investigation into the causes of the crash in Ethiopia has not been completed yet. Therefore, it is still premature to say anything. We keep working in normal mode and do everything to make our flights safe,” Belavia said.