Boeing Co. grappled with more groundings of its most important airliner as operators from Brazil to South Korea idled the 737 Max following a second deadly crash, throwing the US manufacturer deeper into crisis.
In a sign that the tragedy in Ethiopia, which killed everyone on board, threatens to become a commercial fiasco for Boeing, launch customer Lion Air is said to be considering a complete switch to Airbus SE planes, sources said.
After China became first major market to halt take-offs and landings of Boeing’s latest single-aisle model, flight halts quickly cascaded around the globe. Singapore barred all 737 Max service in and out of the city-state, a move that was followed by Australia and Malaysia.
The UK also blocked flights by 737 Max plane until more information becomes available about why an Ethiopian Airlines aircraft crashed. Germany, France, the Netherlands and Ireland took similar steps.
A South Korean carrier suspended 737 Max planes, while two airlines in Latin American also halted operations of the jet. The suspensions have put about a third of the 350-strong global fleet out of action.
UAE cooperates with FAA,
Boeing on Ethiopian Air crash
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The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has announced that it is cooperating with US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Boeing, to collect data aimed around the reason behind the Ethiopian Airlines jet that crashed minutes after take-off from Addis Ababa two days ago, killing all 157 aboard.
In a statement on Tuesday, the GCAA said that it is “working closely with the FAA and Boeing to gather more information about the Ethiopian Airways B737 Max 8 accident for taking appropriate safety actions.”