China orders its airlines to suspend use of Boeing 737 Max aircraft

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CHINAS FLEETChinese airlines have 96 737 MAX 8 jets in service China Southern Airlines and Hainan Airlines. Cayman Airways said it had grounded both of its new 737 MAX 8 jets until it got more information. But no other airlines with 737 MAX 8s in their fleets or on order told Reuters they were grounding the aircraft or cancelling orders. Only highly experienced pilots will operate the Boeing 737 MAX and the aircraft will not be released for commercial flying when certain systems are inoperative something that is routinely allowed for aircraft under minimum equipment list where the plane can fly and the snag be rectified within a given time. Also the B737 MAX will be thoroughly checked to ensure that systems like autopilot and stall management are working perfectly. These are among the interim safety measures issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation. The European Union has joined Australia and others in grounding Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft in the wake of the Ethiopian Airlines tragedy. There are currently five 737 Max aircraft registered and operational in the UK and sixth due to commence operations later this week. Fiji Airways has two Boeing 737 MAX aircraft as well as other aircraft types in its fleet that will be substituted for the 737 MAX. China ordered all Boeing 737 MAX 8s grounded soon after Sundays crash pending further investigation

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