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Ethiopia to send 737's black boxes to Europe in snub to US

Ethiopia to send 737's black boxes to Europe in snub to US

A Norwegian spokesperson said: "We would like to apologise to customers booked to travel to NY from Edinburgh as we work to reallocate our fleet options with other aircraft types and re-route passengers in response to the suspended operations of the Boeing 737 Max by European aviation authorities".

The process was underway before the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crash over the weekend, which killed 157 people and also involved a 737 Max.

United States aviation regulators have signalled their confidence in the safety of Boeing's embattled 737 Max jetliner, issuing a global notice of "continued airworthiness" a day after the model's second deadly crash in less than five months.

He added all airlines and affected pilots had been notified.

Air Canada said in a statement that it would comply immediately with the order, and attempt to rebook passengers from the Max jets, which typically have more than 160 seats.

British regulators said they based their decision on the fact that "we do not now have sufficient information from the flight data recorder we have".

Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau said a comparison of vertical fluctuations found a "similar profile" to the Lion Air crash that killed 187 people in October.

Boeing, which makes the Max8, issued a statement saying it supports the action to temporarily ground the plane. Air Canada has 24 Max 8 aircraft, which it uses mainly for domestic and US routes, while Calgary-based WestJet Airlines Ltd. has 13 Max 8s.

Air Canada has 24 Max 8 aircraft, which it uses mainly for domestic and US routes, while Calgary-based WestJet Airlines Ltd. has 13 Max 8s.




Before Sunday's crash, the 737 Max planes were heavily used, taking more than 9,000 flights in a single week and reaching nearly every continent.

The pilots said they were able to recover quickly following the aggressive dive by disconnecting the autopilot.

Reuters and other media outlets have reported that Boeing has for months planned design changes after the Lion Air crash in Indonesia but the FAA notice was the first public confirmation.

Customers who are concerned about whether they'll be flying on a Boeing 737 Max plane can check their flight at SeatGuru.

Almost 40 percent of the in-service fleet of 371 Boeing 737 MAX jets globally is grounded, according to industry publication Flightglobal. He said that in the case of the Lion Air crash off Indonesia, the pilot fought against computer software that wanted to drop the nose of the plane. Others moved faster after Sunday, when an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737-8 crashed just after takeoff. That delivered a one-two punch for an aircraft type that has ranked among the world's safest since it started flying in the 1960s.

The MAX has a bigger and more efficient engine compared with earlier 737 models.

A Boeing 737 Max takes part in flyng display during the 52nd Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport near Paris, France, June 22, 2017.

Boeing tumbled the most on the S&P 500 Index as questions swirled around the newest version of its 737 family, a cash cow that generates nearly a third of the company's operating profit. Including regional aircraft, American has more than 1,500 planes, while United has more than 1,300.

The pilots' union for Southwest Airlines, which has the largest 737 MAX fleet in the world with 34 aircraft, said on Wednesday that it remained confident in the model even after Canada's decision to ground the jet.

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