Monday, November 22, 2021

Boeing 737 MAX Aircrafts Are Safest In The World, Says SpiceJet Chief

Having endured more than two years of wait after the Boeing 737 MAX jetliner was grounded in the aftermath of an Ethiopian Airlines plane of the same make crashing in March 2019, budget airlines SpiceJet has commenced its flights using the aircraft and is all set to acquire more of them in the coming days. 

Chairman and managing director of SpiceJet, Ajay Singh told NDTV that all the safety concerns have been resolved related to Boeing 737 MAX aircrafts and “it is the safest aircraft in the world”. 

He said that SpiceJet currently has a fleet of 13 Boeing 737 MAX aircrafts and two of them are flying as of now. By December 10, he informed that all the remaining aircrafts will be back in operation and deliveries of new aircrafts will also start from next month. The domestic carrier has a total order of 205 jets worth $22 billion.

“It (Boeing 737 MAX) has gone through the greatest ever scrutiny any aircraft may have undergone in the history of aviation. Our regulators have gone through every little piece of it in the last two years and now it is flying in many parts of the world. It can be called as the safest aircraft in the world,” Mr Singh said. 

He informed that SpiceJet started flying the aircraft two days ago and so far no issue has been encountered at all. 

Elaborating about the problem being encountered with this particular model of the jet, the SpiceJet chief said that it was basically a software modification.  

“There is a stabilising mechanism in the aircraft which always pushes its nose up…There was a glitch in the software and has now been rectified. The aircrafts have been tested for thousands of hours and even (our) pilots underwent a two-hour training module,” he informed. 

22/11/21 Vishnu Som/NDTV

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