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Fiji Airways Suspend All Boeing 737 MAX 8 Operations To/From Australia

Fiji Airways will be changing the aircraft type operating to/from Sydney, Brisbane. Melbourne and Adelaide until further advised. Some schedule changes are likely and affected customers will be notified.
13 Mar 2019 09:53
Fiji Airways Suspend All Boeing 737 MAX 8 Operations To/From Australia
Fiji Airways new B737 MAX 8 named Island of Kadavu that was recently doing its test flights from the Boeing Everett Factory, in Everett, Washington, USA.

Fiji Airways has suspended all Boeing 737 MAX 8 operations to/from Australia.
This is in compliance with the directive by Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).

In a statement Fiji Airways said that while they are confident in the airworthiness of our Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft and their robust training programme, they respect CASA’s position.

“As such, we will be changing the aircraft type operating to/from Sydney, Brisbane. Melbourne and Adelaide until further advised. Some schedule changes are likely and affected customers will be notified.

“We will continue to monitor the situation closely, and remain in constant contact with all relevant state regulators and authorities. The safety of our passengers and crew is, and always will be, our number one priority.”

Yesterday CASA issued a statement that it has temporarily suspended the operation of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft to or from Australia.

While no Australian airlines operate the Boeing 737 MAX, Fiji Airways and Singapore based SilkAir are the only two operators that fly the Boeing 737 MAX to and from Australia.

SilkAir has already temporarily suspended operation of its 737 MAX aircraft

Fiji Airways has two Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, as well as other aircraft types in its fleet that will be substituted for the 737 MAX.

CASA’s CEO and Director of Aviation Safety, Shane Carmody, said that in light of the two recent fatal accidents, the temporary suspension of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft operations was in the best interests of safety.

“This is a temporary suspension while we wait for more information to review the safety risks of continued operations of the Boeing 737 MAX to and from Australia.” Mr Carmody said.

“CASA regrets any inconvenience to passengers but believes it is important to always put safety first.”

CASA is closely monitoring the situation and the suspension will be reviewed as relevant safety information becomes available from Boeing, the United States Federal Aviation Administration and accident investigators.

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