Fares Skyrocket in Fastest-Growing Market on Boeing 737 Max Ban

Sergio Conner
March 15, 2019

"In these two crashes it became apparent that Boeing wasn't telling them everything that the FAA needed to know... and the FAA did not proactively go and ask questions".

French investigators took possession on Thursday of the black boxes recovered from the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash, seeking clues about the causes of a disaster that has grounded Boeing's 737 Max fleet worldwide. He also noted that investigators have not yet drawn a clear link between the system that malfunctioned prior to the Lion Air crash and the Ethiopia accident.

"Garuda is reconsidering its upcoming order of 20 Boeing 737 MAXs after the two Boeing crashes", CEO Ari Askhara told reporters on Thursday, adding its only Boeing 737 MAX would stay grounded until "there's notification from the FAA".

"The Ministry has ordered the grounding of all Boeing 737/8 Max aircraft by 4 pm on Wednesday".

Ethiopian Airlines, Africa's largest carrier, sent the black boxes to France because it does not have the equipment to analyse the data.

The decision to prevent airlines from using their 737 MAX comes after an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed on Sunday and killed all the 157 people from 35 nations on board shortly after taking off from Addis Ababa.

"Rosaviatsia has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) stating that the flights of this type of aircraft [Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 9 - TASS] in Russian airspace are banned until further notice", he said. The cause of that accident is still under investigation.

He said the trend in US courts was in Boeing's favor.

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The MAX series is Boeing's fastest-selling model, but it is still relatively new with fewer than 500 in service.

"We continue to build 737 MAX airplanes while assessing how the situation, including potential capacity constraints, will impact our production system", Boeing spokesperson Chaz Bickers said.

The low-priced carrier, a launch customer of the MAX 8 in 2017, said it was servicing those flights with available 737-700s and 737-800s.

Mr GebreMariam said all employees were given new training after the Lion Air disaster.

It was unclear if U.S. transport authorities review the database or investigated the incidents.

Questions about the Lion Air crash have honed in on an automated stall prevention system, the MCAS, created to automatically point the plane's nose downwards if it is in danger of stalling.

Yared Getachew, captain of the flight, was told to return to base after he experienced flight control problems minutes after the beginning of his journey to Nairobi, Kenya, as records of the last exchange between the pilot and air traffic control show.

Boeing was criticized after the Lion Air crash for allegedly failing to adequately inform 737 pilots about the functioning of the stall prevention system.

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