13 Mar 2019

Fiji Air still confident in Max 8 despite Australian ban

10:50 am on 13 March 2019

Fiji Airways says it is still confident in the airworthiness of their two Boeing 737 Max 8 planes despite the suspension of flights using such aircraft in and out of Australia.

The MAX 8 series has only been operating commercially for less than a year.

The MAX 8 series has only been operating commercially for less than a year. Photo: Boeing

Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority has suspended all Max 8 operations until further notice.

This comes after the weekend crash of an Ethiopian Airline Max 8 which killed all 157 people on board, the second such disaster involving the aircraft in the last six months.

Fiji Airways said it would comply with the authority's directive and respects its position, however the airline said it was still confident in the aircraft and their associated robust training programme.

Fiji Airways is now changing the aircraft used for services to and from Australia until further advised.

The airline said it would continue to monitor the situation closely and remain in contact with all relevant state regulators and authorities.

New Zealand's Civil Aviation Authority has released a statement saying it is constantly reviewing all available information relating to the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft.

The authority will be having a conference call with their Washington based counterparts, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), this morning and will update their status on the issue later today.

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