No grounding of MAX8, says Fiji Airways

Fiji Airways in response to Islands Business enquiries says it has full confidence in the airworthiness of its fleet of Boeing 737 MAX 8.

“We have reviewed all the information currently available and have determined that there is no basis to alter operations. Accordingly, all our MAX operations are continuing as per schedule,” says a spokesperson for the airline.

The affirmation was made following the crash overnight in Ethiopia of a MAX 8 aircraft operated by Ethiopian Airlines. All 149 passengers and 8 crew-members died.

The spokesperson added: 

“We are incredibly saddened to hear of the tragic accident involving Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, and are following the situation closely. We extend our deepest sympathies to everyone affected and our thoughts are with them at this very difficult time.

“Fiji Airways followed a comprehensive induction process for our new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft and we have full confidence in the airworthiness of our fleet. We continue to ensure that our maintenance and training programme for pilots and engineers meets the highest safety standards. The safety of our passengers and crew is, and always will be, our number one priority.”

Fiji Airways currently has two MAX8 in its fleet with the first delivery made on 30 November last year. The airline has ordered five MAX 8.