MIAMI — The government of China has asked all Chinese airlines to suspend all flights operated by the Boeing 737 MAX. The news was first reported by Caijing Magazine.
The news comes less than 24 hours after Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 crashed on departure from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. The flight, operated by a recently delivered Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, is the second 737 MAX aircraft to crash in recent months.
Vice-Chief of CAAC Li Jian said today: It is a hard decision to ground all 737 MAX in China and it is unrelated to China-US trade dispute. We have consulted with Boeing and FAA before making the decision and we are working with them closely to solve the issue. pic.twitter.com/A81ySpUMZW— ChinaAviationReview (@ChinaAvReview) March 11, 2019
China Eastern Chairman Liu Shaoyong said today to reporters: both China Eastern and Shanghai Airlines are grounding Boeing 737 MAX indefinitely until Boeing promises safety of 737max and the accident is unrelated to aircraft system. pic.twitter.com/qoiFRIroko— ChinaAviationReview (@ChinaAvReview) March 11, 2019
.@flightradar24 currently showing no domestic 737 MAX flights operating within China right now, giving credibility to the Chinese grounding claim. pic.twitter.com/CHIQJvx8Tp— Jason Rabinowitz (@AirlineFlyer) March 10, 2019
Cayman Airways, who operates a fleet of two 737 MAX 8 aircraft, announced that it has suspended 737 MAX flights indefinitely. In a statement, Cayman’s CEO Fabian Whorms said: “While the cause of this sad loss is undetermined at this time, we stand by our commitment to putting the safety of our passengers and crew first by maintaining complete and undoubtable safe operations, and as such, we have taken the decision to suspend operations of both our new Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, effective from Monday March 11, 2019, until more information is received.”