Some Calgary flights cancelled after Canada grounds Boeing 737 MAX jets

Some Calgary flights cancelled after Canada grounds Boeing 737 MAX jets

Grounding the 737 MAX reportedly came at the direction of Boeing itself, despite the company asserting its certainty in the plane's safety.

The Boeing 737 Max 8 was involved in a fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash this past weekend, which killed all 157 people on board.

Sunday's crashcame less than five months after a Lion Air Boeing 737 Max 8 - the same type of plane - plunged into the Java Sea minutes into the flight from Jakarta, Indonesia, killing all 189 people on board.

There are about 350 MAX 8s now in service around the world.

Industry experts had long speculated that it was only a matter of time before the US Federal Aviation Administration, FAA, made the order.

The European Union and 50 other countries grounded the Max 8 before Canada, pending the outcome of an investigation into Sunday's tragedy.

Seabrook anticipates West Jet will redeploy other planes in its fleet while the Max 8 planes - and the less-widely used Max 9 jets - are banned from Canadian and American airspace. "They didn't fly them into Jacksonville", Booth said. But he told reporters at a press conference in Ottawa the new satellite data received Wednesday morning prompted the department to re-evaluate.

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"Thus far, our review shows no systemic performance issues and provides no basis to order grounding the aircraft", acting FAA Administrator Daniel K. Elwell said in a statement.

American and Southwest airlines said the MAX series planes are a very small part of their operations, but the airline companies are rerouting planes to cover all of the flights.

Trump is calling the decision to ground the Max 8 and 9's more precautionary than mandatory, but Powell understands the reasoning for erring on the side of caution.

Earlier on, the United Kingdom's (UK) and China announced they would not be allowing Boeing 737 Max 8 planes in their skies until the safety issues were satisfactorily addressed.

Passenger-rights advocate Gabor Lukacs said Wednesday that it would be prudent for Garneau to suspend use of the aircraft until questions are answered about what caused the Ethiopian crash.

USA airlines that operate the 737 MAX, Southwest Airlines Co, American Airlines Group Inc and United Airlines, said they were working to re-book passengers.

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