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Thailand bans Boeing 737 MAX flights for 7 days

BANGKOK: The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand said today (Mar 13) it is suspending the use of the Boeing Co’s 737 MAX 9 due to safety concerns.

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By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 13 March 2019, 06:27PM


Boeing’s first 737 MAX 9 jet is seen at the company’s delivery centre before a ceremony transferring ownership to Thai Lion Air, in Seattle, March 21, 2018. Inset: Debris of the crashed airplane of Ethiopia Airlines, near Bishoftu, a town some 60 km southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on March 11, 2019. Photo: Bangkok Post

Boeing’s first 737 MAX 9 jet is seen at the company’s delivery centre before a ceremony transferring ownership to Thai Lion Air, in Seattle, March 21, 2018. Inset: Debris of the crashed airplane of Ethiopia Airlines, near Bishoftu, a town some 60 km southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on March 11, 2019. Photo: Bangkok Post

The regulator said it will temporarily suspend the use of Thai Lion Air’s Boeing 737 MAX 9s for seven days, starting on Thursday and will continue to investigate safety measures. Thai Lion Air’s three MAX 9 jets will be affected.

Its parent company, Lion Air, has confirmed reports it has put on hold the scheduled delivery of four Boeing 737 Max 8 jets while it waits for the outcome of the Indonesian investigation into its October crash that killed 189 people.

Speaking at a transport ministry news conference in Jakarta about the grounding of Max 8 planes, Lion Air executive Daniel Putut said the airline needs to know the “root cause” of the accident.

Lion Air ordered 222 Boeing Max planes, including 218 of the Max 8 model and four Max 9 planes. It currently has 10 Max 8 planes in its fleet.

Thailand is the last country in Asia where the jets are registered to issue a suspension, following the fatal crash of a MAX 8 jet in Ethiopia on Sunday (Mar 10).

Thai airlines do not operate MAX 8 jets.

Earlier today, Hong Kong barred Boeing 737 MAX airliners from its airspace.

Despite Boeing’s assurances in the wake of the disaster, the European Union, Britain and India joined China and other countries grounding the plane or banning it from their airspace as they await the results of the crash investigation.

The semi-autonomous Chinese city’s Civil Aviation Department (CAD) said it was imposing a temporary suspension from 6 pm local time (5pm in Thailand) on Wednesday until further notice on “operation of Boeing B737 MAX aircraft into, out of and over Hong Kong”.

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The ban is “solely a precautionary measure to ensure aviation safety and protect the public”, a CAD spokesman added.

The department added it had been in close contact in the past few days with the US Federal Aviation Administration and relevant organisations, including two airlinesIndia’s SpiceJet and Globus Airlines of Russiathat have recently used the 737 MAX for flights to Hong Kong.

SpiceJet had defended the jet on Tuesday, describing it as a “highly sophisticated aircraft”.

Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific does not have any 737 MAX aircraft in its fleet.

On Sunday, a new Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX 8 went down minutes into a flight to Nairobi, killing all 157 people on board.

The crash came after a Lion Air jet of the same model went down in Indonesia in October, claiming 189 lives.

Several airlines have grounded the MAX 8s in their fleets, but many others are continuing to fly the plane pending an investigation into the crash and possible guidance from Boeing itself.

 

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Rorri_2 | 25 March 2019 - 11:06:11

"You are going to have to read the article more closely. "Thai airlines do not operate MAX 8 jets," someone really needs glasses, the article clearly states Thai Lion airlines, which is a Thai airline... not to be confused, as you are, with Thai Airways.

Jor12 | 24 March 2019 - 10:43:45

You are going to have to read the article more closely. "Thai airlines do not operate MAX 8 jets."

Capt B | 23 March 2019 - 22:25:08

Garuda,  Indonesia's National Airline is trying to cancel order for 49 more 737 MAX 8s

Capt B | 23 March 2019 - 22:19:12

"Pilot Who Hitched a Ride Saved Lion Air 737 Day Before Deadly Crash". 
You may as well use your life jacket as a toilet seat cover

Kurt | 22 March 2019 - 15:50:24

Do the thai pilots already have Boeing 737 Max flight simulator training in usa? The Indonesian and Ethiopian pilots didn't. The young Ethiopian pilots were scheduled to go to usa for Max training by the end of March.  Thai Air is very silent, not open to society.

Kurt | 22 March 2019 - 12:00:50

Are the Thai Boeing Max planes flying again?  ( As the thai ban was until 20th)

Capt B | 18 March 2019 - 10:49:52

This may answer a lot of questions & doubts;  Moon of Alabama
Boeing, The FAA, And Why Two 737 MAX Planes Crashed

robertcoble | 17 March 2019 - 21:16:38

I’m not getting on the plane no matter what Thai air decides. 

Kurt | 17 March 2019 - 12:20:15

We still don't know what THAI is going to do on 20th, when the 7 days grounding are over. No decision yet?
Almost the whole world airspace is indefinite closed for 737 Max. And international press releases are clear, it can take months to know what troubled the 2 aircrafts. And not forget the complains of pilots who were able to touch down safely after experiencing difficulties in the air..

Capt B | 16 March 2019 - 11:06:45

The Boeing Co. (NYSE:BA)'s stock has gotten a $26.6 billion buzzcut since Sunday's 737 Max 8 crash, and more than a dozen countries have now ordered the jets taken out of service. What's more, in a stunning about-face, President Trump has ordered all 737 Max 8 and 737 Max 9 grounded & so has the USA's regulator F.A.A. God Bless President Donald Trump. 

Kurt | 14 March 2019 - 10:53:27

A ban for 7 days only?  That is possible in Thailand. The 2 black boxes are underway to Europe. Reading them out, analysing take at least a few weeks. Than still there will be not yet an full disaster report available with technical safety recommendations. All will take months.
Thailand and her 7 days ban. Laugh or cry? Anyway, after 7 days they still can't fly anywhere, only domestic.

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