President Donald Trump says the U.S.is grounding the model of an American-made jetliner that crashed and killed 157 people Sunday, making it last high-profile country to pull the aircraft out of service.
With all Boeing 737-800 Max aircraft set to stop operating in Indian airspace from 4 p.m. on Wednesday, the Civil Aviation Ministry has called a meeting of various airlines to keep a check on fares from spiralling.
Of the top 10 countries by air passenger travel, all but the United States and Japan have halted flights of the 737 MAX. That tragedy also took place moments after takeoff and involved issues with the flight control.
"There must be a rigorous investigation into why the aircraft, which has critical safety systems that did not exist on prior models, was certified without requiring additional pilot training", he said.
Airlines have been notified that the Boeing Max aircraft are being taken out of circulation temporarily, and they are in agreement with the decision, Trump claimed.
Boeing did not respond immediately to a request for comment.
The move to ban the plane follows calls by a number of U.S. lawmakers to ground the plane on Tuesday, after two crashes of the 737 Max aircraft in the past five months. "We will send the bill to those who produce this aircraft".
Until the flight recorders from the Ethiopian Airlines aircraft are read out, much of what is being discussed in relation to cause is conjecture. Air Canada has 24 Max 8 aircraft, which it uses mainly for domestic and USA routes, while Calgary-based WestJet Airlines Ltd. has 13 Max 8s.
"The current waiver is through March 18 to support our Customers".
"We have no plans to make any changes in the deliveries", Norwegian spokeswoman Astrid Mannion-Gibson told DW.
The US Federal Aviation Administration has so far refused to ground the 737 Max fleet.
Since the Indonesia crash, there has been a focus on an automated anti-stall system in the 737 Max that dips the aircraft's nose down.
Eight flights out of Orlando International Airport were scheduled Thursday on 737 Max 8 and 9 aircraft, carrying about 1,400 passengers, said Kaplan, citing information from aviation data company Diio.
It's not the first time a Boeing aircraft has been grounded.
In 2013, it grounded the 787 Dreamliner because of problems with smoking batteries. Days later, an overheated battery aboard a Dreamliner operated by Japan's All Nippon Airways forced an emergency landing.
Investigators later found that the batteries had a design flaw and that it should not have been certified by the FAA.
Forensic DNA work for identifications of the remains recovered so far has not yet begun, according to an Ethiopian Airlines spokesperson.
The Trump administration had continued to resist growing domestic and worldwide calls to ground the 737 Max 8, even as Trump discussed the issue Tuesday in a phone call with Muilenburg.