The Ministry of Civil Aviation has called for a meeting with all airlines at 4 pm on Wednesday, 13 March, to prepare a contingency plan as a number of flights have been cancelled following the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, a senior government official told PTI.
On Wednesday morning, airline SpiceJet said that it had suspended Boeing 737 MAX operations following the Directorate General of Civil Aviation’s (DGCA) decision to ground the aircraft.
Air safety regulators in at least 40 countries have either grounded Boeing 737 MAX planes or banned them from their airspace after the 10 March crash in Ethiopia.
An emergency meeting of all airlines will be held at 4 pm on Wednesday in Delhi
DGCA has said that all 737 MAX 8 aircraft will be grounded by 4 pm on Wednesday
On 12 March, the DGCA said that it would “immediately” ground the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft
Kosovo Also Bans Boeing 737 MAX Aircraft from Airspace
Kosovo has barred the Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 738 MAX 9 airplanes from its airspace following the crash. The country’s Civil Aviation Authority said in a statement on Wednesday that the decision was taken because of “the investigation of the equipment” of the planes, adding that it is effective immediately.
Norwegian Air Shuttles to Seek Compensation from Boeing
Norwegian Air Shuttles said on Wednesday that it will seek compensation from aircraft maker Boeing after the low-cost carrier grounded its fleet of 737 MAX 8 aircraft, reported AP.
Carrier spokeswoman Tonje Naess told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the Oslo-based airline “should not have any financial burden for a brand new aircraft that will not to be used.”
Norwegian Air Shuttles had grounded its 18 Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft on recommendation from European aviation authorities on Tuesday.
Notice to Airmen Issued Banning Boeing 737 MAX Operators in Indian Airspace
A Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) has been issued for banning Boeing 737 MAX operators in Indian airspace effective from 1030 UTC or 1600 hrs (Indian time) on Wednesday till further order, reported ANI.
Lebanon Joins Ranks of Countries Banning Boeing 737 MAX
Lebanon’s state news agency reported on Wednesday that the country’s civil aviation authority has barred flights by Boeing 737 Max aircraft from landing or flying in Lebanese skies following the crash of the Ethiopian Airlines jetliner.
Black Box from Crashed Plane to Be Sent Overseas for Analysis
The black box from the Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed on 10 March will be sent overseas for analysis but no country has been chosen, an Ethiopian Airlines spokesman said on Wednesday, 13 March. Speaking to AP, the spokesperson Asrat Begashaw said that the airline has “a range of options” for the data and voice records of the flight’s last moments. “What we can say is we don’t have the capability to probe it here in Ethiopia,” he said.
Hong Kong Temporarily Suspends Boeing 737 MAX Aircraft
Hong Kong on Wednesday barred Boeing 737 MAX airliners from its airspace, the latest in a series of government bans worldwide in the wake of the crash. The Civil Aviation Department (CAD) said it was imposing a temporary suspension from 6 pm local time on Wednesday until further notice on “operation of Boeing B737 MAX aircraft into, out of and over Hong Kong”.
The ban is “solely a precautionary measure to ensure aviation safety and protect the public”, a CAD spokesman added.
SpiceJet, Jet Airways Shares Hit by Boeing 737 MAX Ban
Shares of SpiceJet slumped 8 percent in morning trade on BSE Wednesday, after India banned Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes. Following the announcement, shares of SpiceJet opened on a weak note at Rs 74, then fell further to touch an intra-day low of Rs 72.50, down 7.99 percent over its previous close of Rs 78.80.
Shares of Jet Airways also witnessed a similar trend. The stock opened at Rs 241.70, then lost further ground and fell to a low of Rs 236.70, down 3.64 percent over its last closing price of Rs 245.65 on BSE.
Accommodate Passengers, No Extra Charges: Aviation Ministry
The Civil Aviation Ministry has asked SpiceJet and Jet Airways to come up with a full plan on how to accommodate passengers of cancelled flights. They have been asked to make sure that they will not take extra charges from the passengers, reported ANI.
SpiceJet Cancels 14 Flights on Wednesday
SpiceJet has cancelled 14 flights for Wednesday, 13 March, and will be operating additional flights from Thursday, 14 March, a statement said. This decision comes after the DGCA directive to ground all Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft. The airline has around 12 such aircraft in its fleet.
“Of the 76 planes in our fleet, 64 aircraft are in operations and we are confident of minimising the inconvenience to our passengers and attain normalcy in our operations,” according to the statement, reported PTI.
Aviation Ministry Calls Meeting at 4 PM With All Airlines
The Civil Aviation Ministry will hold a meeting with all airlines at 4 pm on Wednesday to prepare a contingency plan as a number of flights have been cancelled following the grounding of Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, a senior government official told PTI.
DGCA Gives Till 4 PM to Ground Boeing 737 MAX 8 Aircraft
The DGCA on Wednesday, 13 March, said that all Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft would be grounded by 4 pm on the day. The aviation watchdog clarified that the time was given to cater to situations where aircraft needed to fly back to India or go to maintenance facilities for parking.
A DGCA spokesperson said, “Additionally, no B737 MAX aircraft will be allowed to enter or transit the Indian airspace effective from 1600 hrs Indian time or 1030 UTC.”
SpiceJet Announces Decision to Ground Boeing 737 MAX Aircraft
Shortly after the DGCA directive to ground all Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, airline SpiceJet announced that they would be suspending all the aircraft’s operations. It said in a statement: “Safety and security of our passengers, crew and operations are of utmost importance to us.”
US Says ‘No Basis’ for Grounding Aircraft
The US aviation regulator maintained that there was “no basis” for grounding Boeing’s 737 MAX aircraft.
“Thus far, our review shows no systemic performance issues and provides no basis to order grounding the aircraft,” Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Chief Daniel Elwell said in a statement, according to an AFP report.
“Nor have other civil aviation authorities provided data to us that would warrant action.”
“In the course of our urgent review of data on the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crash, if any issues affecting the continued airworthiness of the aircraft are identified, the FAA will take immediate and appropriate action,” the FAA added.
Wave of Countries Announces Ban on Boeing 737 MAX Aircraft
Air safety regulators in at least 40 countries have either grounded Boeing 737 MAX jets or banned them from their airspace. In addition, at least 10 airlines worldwide have stopped flying the planes.
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency, which covers 32 countries, announced on Tuesday, 12 March, that it would ban the planes from flying in its airspace. Other countries that have either grounded the planes or temporarily banned them include China, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Indonesia, Singapore, Oman, Malaysia and Australia.
Airlines that have stopped using the planes include Gol Airlines of Brazil, Cayman Airways, Ethiopian Airways, Jet Airways of India, Aeromexico, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Turkish Airlines, Eastar Jet of South Korea, Smartwings of the Czech Republic and LOT of Poland.