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13:41  13 march  2019
13:41  13 march  2019 Source:   msn.com

Sunwing temporarily grounds Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft

Sunwing temporarily grounds Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft MONTREAL - Sunwing Airlines is temporarily grounding its four Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft in the wake of the Ethiopian plane crash that killed all 157 people on board. The Canadian low-cost airline says in a statement Tuesday night that it made the decision for "evolving commercial reasons" unrelated to safety, including airspace restrictions being imposed in other countries. Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau will provide an update on Canada's Boeing 737 MAX 8 plan on Wednesday morning in Ottawa.

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The fallout from the second crash of Boeing ’s newest 737 passenger jet has reached Australian shores as it becomes the latest country to ground the aircraft .

Sunwing temporarily grounds Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft© Provided by thecanadianpress.com A Sunwing Boeing 737-800 passenger plane prepares to land at Pearson International Airport in Toronto on Wednesday, August 2, 2017. Transport Minister Marc Garneau faced an escalating dilemma Tuesday over Boeing's 737 Max 8 aircraft, which a growing number of countries have grounded or banned in the wake of the Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157 people Sunday. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov)

MONTREAL - Sunwing Airlines is temporarily grounding its four Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft in the wake of the Ethiopian plane crash that killed all 157 people on board.

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Air Canada has 24 Boeing 737 MAX 8 s, WestJet Airlines Ltd. has 13 and Sunwing Airlines flies four MAX 8 s, according to Transport Canada’s civil aircraft register. Airlines remain confident. Garneau’s comments came as the country’s two largest attempted to reassure passengers about the safety of

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The Canadian low-cost airline says in a statement Tuesday night that it made the decision for "evolving commercial reasons" unrelated to safety, including airspace restrictions being imposed in other countries.

Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau will provide an update on Canada's Boeing 737 MAX 8 plan on Wednesday morning in Ottawa.

But he is facing an escalating dilemma over the aircraft, which a growing number of countries have grounded or banned after the crash that also claimed the lives of 18 Canadians.

Before clearing his schedule to meet with experts, Garneau said Tuesday he has no plans to ground Canada's fleet of 737 Max 8 aircraft, but that "all options are on the table."

Sunday's Ethiopian Airlines crash has raised concerns over parallels to a Lion Air crash of the same model of aircraft in Indonesia that killed 189 people last October.

NewsAlert: Feds order grounding of Boeing Max 8s

NewsAlert: Feds order grounding of Boeing Max 8s OTTAWA - Transport Minister Marc Garneau is grounding all Boeing 737 Max 8 airplanes in Canada over safety concerns arising from the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines flight that killed all on board, including 18 Canadians. Garneau says the decision to ground the plane was made after a review of the evidence about the aircraft. Garneau has faced a dilemma over the aircraft that has been ordered out of the skies for the time being by the European Union, China, New Zealand, and Australia, among other countries. Canada and the United States had been notable outliers as more and more jurisdictions have restricted the use of the planes.

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The aircraft manufacturer Boeing faces further questions over the safety of its 737 Max 8 jets as Ethiopian Airlines joined carriers in China and elsewhere in grounding the planes after their second fatal crash in months.

Earlier Tuesday, authorities from more than half a dozen countries and regulators, including the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), announced grounding orders or airspace bans on the aircraft. By Tuesday evening, dozens of airlines had grounded the Max 8, leaving the majority of the nearly 390 Max 8s currently in service around the world confined to the hangar.

Air Canada, along with Southwest and American Airlines, are the major outliers.

Robert Kokonis, president of Toronto-based consulting firm AirTrav Inc., said EASA's suspension of all Max 8 and Max 9 planes puts "massive pressure" on Garneau.

"It's really going to give the minister pause for thought," he said. "I think they've been feeling an unprecedented level of heat from social media — both airlines and aviation regulators."

Adding to the pressure, the Canadian Union of Public employees — which represents more than 8,000 Air Canada flight attendants — said late Tuesday that its members have safety concerns as a result of the recent crash and don't want to be forced to fly on the Max 8.

QuickFacts: Boeing 737 Max 8 ban in Canada

QuickFacts: Boeing 737 Max 8 ban in Canada MONTREAL - Facts and figures about the Boeing 737 Max 8 ban and how it affects Canadian passengers and airlines. - Passengers affected daily: About 12,000 (between 9,000 and 12,000 Air Canada passengers, and 1,400 WestJet passengers) - Number of Max 8s operated by Air Canada: 24- Number of Max 8s operated by WestJet: 13- Number of Max 8s operated by Sunwing Airlines: 4 - WestJet cancelled 11 flights on Thursday, affecting 1,400 passengers, three-quarters of whom were rebooked on flights that day, with the remainder departing Friday or Saturday.

A Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX 8 plunged into the Java Sea shortly after taking off from Jakarta, Indonesia, in October, killing all 189 people on board. Still, the U.S. FAA said Monday that it still considered the 737 MAX aircraft to be airworthy. Boeing said in a Monday statement that it planned

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"The Air Canada Component of CUPE who represents flight attendants at Air Canada mainline and Rouge is calling on the company to at a minimum continue to offer reassignment to crew members who do not want to fly on this type of airplane," said component president, Wesley Lesosky, in a statement. "The safety of passengers and crews must be the absolute priority."

Air Canada did not respond to a request for comment by time of publication.

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

A grounding order in Canada would prove costly for Canadian airlines, said Karl Moore, a professor at McGill University's Desautels Faculty of Management.

"It would have a considerable impact on both of them, because that's a lot of flights every day," he said.

"You'd have to cancel some flights. You'd try to use other planes, which are suboptimal. A Q-400 is too small. You could use two big planes, which means that you're wasting money on fuel and you're not making money."

The airlines are also facing concerned passengers who want to re-book their flights to avoid the Max 8.

Here’s how the Boeing 737 MAX 8 ban is impacting Canadian flights

Here’s how the Boeing 737 MAX 8 ban is impacting Canadian flights A day after Canadian officials prohibited the aircraft from flying, WestJet said 11 of its flights were cancelled, affecting about 1,200 travellers. The airline said in a statement that three-quarters of those passengers are being re-booked on same-day flights, while most of the others will be re-booked on Friday, with only a "handful" flying on Saturday. WestJet said it will be rebooking passengers until Monday, when it expects to have its scheduled rejigged to accommodate the removal of the MAX 8 aircraft.

Indonesia also grounded 11 737 Max 8 s for inspections to ensure flight safety and that the planes are airworthy, said director general of air transportation Polana B. Pramesti. Cayman Airways also said it was temporarily grounding two Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft . Real time flight radar apps showed

Indonesia will temporarily ground Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft operating in the country for inspection, the director general of aviation said on Monday, in the wake of the deadly crash of one of the planes in Ethiopia. A Nairobi-bound Boeing 737 MAX 8 operated by Ethiopian Airlines crashed minutes after.

Flight Centre travel agency said Canadian airlines are not waiving flight-change or cancellation fees for passengers who want to switch to another aircraft.

Sunwing temporarily grounds Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft© Provided by thecanadianpress.com An Air Canada Boeing 737 Max aircraft arriving from Toronto prepares to land at Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C., on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. Air Canada cancelled London-bound flights from Halifax and St. John's Tuesday and Wednesday after the United Kingdom banned all Boeing Max 8 jets in its airspace. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Air Canada and WestJet did not respond to requests for comment on fee waiving.

"We continue to monitor the situation and based on current info, and recommendations by government safety regulators, Transport Canada, the FAA, and the manufacturer, we will continue to operate our normal B737 schedule and our current re-booking policies remain in place," Air Canada said in a tweet Tuesday.

Larry Vance, an aviation consultant and former Transportation Safety Board investigator, cautioned against drawing too many comparisons between Sunday’s disaster and Lion Air Flight 610, which plunged into the Java Sea on Oct. 29.

The main similarities appear to be the aircraft model and the way the plane swiftly lost elevation after takeoff, briefly recovered and then plummeted to the ground.

Air Canada grounds its Max 8s until July 1

Air Canada grounds its Max 8s until July 1 MONTREAL - Air Canada says it intends to remove its grounded Boeing 737 Max 8 jets from service until at least July 1 in order to provide more certainty for passengers that wish to book flights in the coming months. Airlines around the world have been working to redeploy their fleets since their Max 8s were grounded last week following the deadly crash of an Ethiopian Airlines flight that killed all 157 people on board, including 18 Canadians. Air Canada says it has now adjusted its schedule through to April 30 to cover 98 per cent of its planned flights. It is also updating its May schedule to re-accommodate customers and optimize its fleet.

Air Canada has 24 Boeing 737 MAX 8 s, WestJet Airlines Ltd. has 13 and Sunwing Airlines flies four MAX 8 s, according to Transport Canada’s civil aircraft register. On Tuesday, Boeing released a statement saying it has “full confidence in the safety of the MAX” and that the Federal Aviation

4, 2017, file photo, SilkAir's new Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft is seen through a viewing gallery window parked on the tarmac of Singapore's Changi China's civilian aviation authority has ordered all Chinese airlines to temporarily ground their Boeing 737 Max 8 planes after one of the aircraft

"If I had a ticket to fly this afternoon and it was on that airplane, I would go to the airport, I would check in normally, I would get aboard the flight and go to sleep and enjoy my flight and get on with my day," Vance said.

"The odds of me meeting my maker on that flight are as close to zero as you can get."

At Halifax Stanfield International Airport on Tuesday, Air Canada passengers arriving from London gave mixed reactions about flying on the aircraft.

Angela Taylor, whose 22-year-old daughter was flying alone for the first time, said she felt the aircraft should be grounded in Canada.

"I was a bit perturbed Air Canada hadn't suspended flights when Australia is not even letting any in or out," said Taylor.

"You might be on the bandwagon, but for safety? Come on."

Patricia Little, who was on the same flight as Taylor's daughter, said riding the Max 8 didn't worry her at all.

"I think it's a whole lot of hype. I think there's hundreds of thousands of planes that go, only one or two of them crash," said Little, who lives in Saint John, N.B.

"Get a grip. You could die walking out there to your car."

With files from Aly Thomson and Alison Auld

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WestJet has no plans to cancel Max 8 order.
TORONTO - WestJet Airlines plans to stick with deliveries of Boeing 737 Max aircraft once regulators approve the plane for re-entry into service. The Calgary-based airline says it won't follow the lead of Indonesia's flag carrier, which cancelled its multibillion-dollar order for 49 Max 8 jets, citing a loss of confidence after two deadly crashes in the past six months. WestJet had expected to add two more of the planes this year to increase its fleet to 13, but Boeing has suspended all future deliveries. Spokeswoman Lauren Stewart says the 37 remaining deliveries in its order won't take place until the grounding is lifted and it thoroughly evaluates any upgrades.

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