Sunwing first Canadian airline to 'temporarily suspend' Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes

Mar 13 2019, 12:33 pm

Sunwing has decided to temporarily suspend the operations of its 4 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircrafts.

According to the airline, “the FAA has issued a statement of continued air-worthiness of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 and we have confidence in the investigative process as well as the handling of this matter by Transport Canada and the other Canadian operators of the MAX 8.”

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But, Sunwing continued to say that “for evolving commercial reasons unrelated to safety, including airspace restrictions being imposed by some of our partner destinations, Sunwing Airlines has taken the decision to temporarily suspend the operations of our 4 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.”

The airline is now revising their flight schedule to accommodate the removal of their MAX aircraft from service.

The Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes make up less than 10% of their fleet.

On Tuesday, Air Canada flight attendants expressed concern about the safety of Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplanes.

In a statement, the Air Canada Component of CUPE said that Air Canada flight attendants “don’t want to be forced to fly on Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplanes” because they have “safety concerns” after the Ethiopian Airlines tragedy.

The Boeing Company said it has been developing a flight control software enhancement for the 737 MAX for the past several months in a statement issued following the Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed all 157 passengers and crew on board, including 18 Canadians.