All Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 planes have been banned from UAE airspace.
The UAE joins 33 countries in the decision, according to Wam.ae following two fatal accidents in less than six months; a Lion Air Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed soon after takeoff near Indonesia, killing 189 people and an Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed soon after takeoff from Addis Ababa, killing 157 people on Sunday.
The move is a ‘precautionary measure aimed at protecting public safety in the air and on the ground’ according to the The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).
The GCAA will monitor the situation as more information comes through.
THE UAE is cooperating with US authorities to gather data
In a statement released on Tuesday, the GCAA said that it is “working closely with the FAA and Boeing to gather more information about the Ethiopian Airways B737 Max 8 accident for taking appropriate safety actions.”
Countries that have grounded the jet include the following: European Union (28 countries) Australia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Airlines that have grounded its jets: China Southern Airlines, Air China, Shanghai Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Xiamen Airlines, Lion Air, GOL Airlines, Shandong Airlines, Aerolineas Argentinas, China Eastern Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines ,Lucky Air Cayman Airways, Fuzhou Airlines Kumming Airlines, Okay Airways, Eastar Jet Royal Air, Maroc 9 Ai, Comair MIAT, Mongolian Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Turkish Airlines, Iceland Air, Aeromexico Cayman Airways, Jet Airways, LOT Polish Airlines.
flydubai grounded its Boeing 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 fleet and released this statement
Following the directive issued by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) flydubai’s fleet of 11 Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 2 Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft have been grounded.
flydubai is adjusting its schedule to minimise disruption to passengers and will operate flights with its fleet of Next-Generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Where there are flight cancellations flydubai will contact passengers directly.
flydubai continues to be in touch with the manufacturer and regulator.