New Delhi: Singapore and Australia have decided to ground Boeing 737 Max Planes following two deadly crashes in five months.
This comes a day after US regulators stood by the jet’s airworthiness, airlines and aviation authorities in South America and Asia are instead opting for a zero-risk approach.
Australia followed Singapore in temporarily barring the 737 Max from its airspace. This implies the newest version of Boeing’s best-selling model is now blocked from a key long-distance travel destination as well as Changi, Asia’s second-busiest international airport.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore has barred any Boeing 737 Max flight in and out of the city-state, resulting in a standoff between Boeing and airlines like Singapore Airlines Ltd.’s SilkAir, China Southern Airlines Co., PT Garuda Indonesia and Shandong Airlines Co.
While no Australian airlines operate the 737 Max, two foreign carriers currently fly them into the country, aviation officials said.