Grounding of Boeing 737 Max 8 has air passengers on edge

Norwegian Air Shuttle to demand Boeing pay for grounding of planes

"The United States Federal Aviation Administration is not mandating any further action at this time, and based on the information now available, we do not have any basis to issue new guidance to operators", a Boeing spokesperson said in a March 12 statement. Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) acting administrator Dan Elwel said its review had shown "no systemic performance issues and provides no basis to order grounding the aircraft".

It wasn't immediately clear how many flights at Chicago's two airports would be affected.

The grounding of the Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9 airplanes has the potential to create "lots of disruption" at the city's two airports, an area expert said.

"We make our own decisions in Canada and occasionally those decisions may be different from our colleagues south of the border", Garneau said.

Mr Trump described the decision as a "very rough" one for an "incredible" company, which was working on an answer.

The airline has published a travel advisory on its website at Southwest.com.

"It's a relatively small impact - but the ripple effect is not known", Meyer said.

"We are doing everything we can to understand the cause of the accidents in partnership with the investigators, deploy safety enhancements and help ensure this does not happen again", Boeing president and chief executive Dennis Muilenburg said.

"Better safe than sorry", he said.

The United States and Canada have not issued grounding orders, and American Airlines, Southwest and Air Canada continue to board and book passengers on their 737 Max 8s.

Southwest is arguably the USA carrier most exposed to the event.

"Our goal is to operate our schedule with every available aircraft in our fleet to meet our customers' expectations during the busy spring travel season", Southwest said in a statement.

At Miami International Airport, American Airlines was forced to cancel 19 flights Wednesday, said airport spokesman Jack Varela.

According to Wallace, air traffic during March Break can be as much as double or triple that of normal times. The Dallas-based airline and United fly the Max across their route networks. She adopted a philosophical view that has enabled her to overcome her fear of flying.

"I thought maybe it would fall on our village", he said. "You can't let something like this dictate your life".

Just three Canadian airlines were operating 737 Max 8's before this week - Air Canada, WestJet and Sunwing.

Amid the confusion, airlines scrambled to field calls and rebook passengers. As the European Union imposed its grounding, a number of 737 MAX aircraft were forced to turn around in flight because they were no longer considered airworthy at their destinations.

Are airlines waiving fees for flight changes or cancellations?

"We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause some of our customers", American said Wednesday.

A lot of emphasis in the Ethiopian Airlines crash investigation will be centred on what can be learned from the flight data recorders.

After decades of using outside experts to certify the safety of aircraft, the FAA changed its approach in 2005 with the creation of a new program through which Boeing and other USA aircraft manufacturers could select their own employees to help certify their planes.

"That brings a lot of questions that are very hard to answer because if you are on one of these holidays, including a hotel. these have been prepaid by the tour company [and are] 100 per cent non-refundable for the tour company".

Garneau said evidence about multiple Boeing 737 Max 8 flights suggests a worrying correlation between the Ethiopian Airlines crash and the tragedy in Indonesia less than five months ago.

This decision was made after consultation with the US Federal Aviation authority (FAA) and the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

Shortly after, and possibly because, details of that telephone conversation surfaced, and with Canada bringing down the ban hammer, the FAA was allowed to ground 737 Maxes.

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