Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Boeing 737 Max 8: SpiceJet says all addl DGCA safety measures in place

Budget carrier SpiceJet on March 12 said it has put in place all the additional precautionary measures issued by the aviation regulator following the crash of one such plane earlier this week.

The Gurugram-based airline, which has 12 Boeing 737 Max 8 planes in its fleet, also said, it is "actively engaged" with the directorate general of civil aviation (DGCA) and the aircraft manufacturer on the issue.

SpiceJet and Jet Airways are the only two domestic airlines which operate Boeing 737 Max 8 planes.
"We are actively engaged with both Boeing and the DGCA and will continue to put safety first, as always," SpiceJet said in a statement.
"We've already implemented all additional precautionary measures as directed by the DGCA Monday," the airline added.

The 737 Max had two fatal crashes since October last, the latest being Ethiopian Airlines' crash on March 10 six minutes after takeoff killing all the 157 on-board, including four Indians. The first crash last October when the same type plane operated by Indonesia's Lion Air crashed soon after takeoff killing all on-board.

Significantly, Jet Airways has not been operating them along with some other planes for quite some time now due to the liquidity crunch and subsequent default on lease rentals.
12/03/19 PTI/moneycontrol.com