In the aftermath of Ethiopian Airlines' Boeing 737 Max 8 plane crash, Boeing is facing heat over safety concerns and a lot of airlines have grounded their planes.
Singapore is the latest one to join the group of airlines and countries who have suspended Boeing 737 Max 8 operations. In fact, Singapore has gone one step ahead and it has suspended all Boeing 737 Max family operations into and out of the country, affecting the operations of SilkAir, China Southern Airlines, Thai Lion Air among others. There are other airlines such as Brazil’s Gol Airlines, airlines from Mexico and Argentina who have also suspended the Max 8 operations today.
Yesterday, China, Indonesia, Ethiopian Airlines have already taken their Max 737 8 aircraft out of service thereby affecting the operations in those countries.
Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on the other hand has just ordered additional safety measures, have asked SpiceJet and Jet Airways to only allow commanders and first officers with 1,000 and 500 hours respectively of Boeing 737 Max experience.
There are 12 active Max planes flying in the country under SpiceJet. One important point to note here will be: how many pilots SpiceJet has with such kind of experience to fly the Max.
All the Max of Jet Airways are grounded, so thereby Jet currently doesn’t have to worry about that. However, everyone is widely expecting that DGCA would probably go one step ahead and either implement strict measures in terms of pilot training or would rather go another step ahead and ground these planes.