Monday, March 11, 2019

India not grounding Boeing 737 Max aircraft as DGCA issues fresh guidelines

New Delhi: Putting to rest speculations over the future of Boeing 737 MAX planes being operated by domestic airlines, Aviation regulator DGCA Monday decided against grounding the planes and issued additional directions for its operation. The new guidelines come in the wake of Sunday’s deadly Ethiopian flight crash in which 157 passengers, including four Indians, were killed. The airline was operating the ill-fated Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.
The pilot commanding the aircraft should have at least 1,000 hours of flying experience and co-pilot should have 5,00 hours of flying experience, according to the DGCA directions.
It is to be noted that Jet Airways and SpiceJet operate the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in its fleet and had provided all information to the DGCA about the same.
Jet Airways has recently placed orders for 225 737 MAX planes with Boeing and some have already been delivered. Meanwhile, SpiceJet, which has embarked on ambitious expansion plans, has a deal with Boeing for up to 205 aircraft, including at least 155 737 MAX 8 planes. As of now, SpiceJet operates 12 737 MAX 8 planes and Jet Airways has 5 such aircraft in their fleets, DGCA said in a statement.
Last December, the DGCA asked Jet Airways and SpiceJet to immediately report any “abnormal” issues related to the MAX plane’s Manoeuvring Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), following the Lion Air crash.
11/03/19 Indian Express

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