Boeing 737 Max 8 planes grounded after Ethiopian crash
Daniel K. Elwell, the acting administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, said it has conducted a review of the Boeing 737 Max 8 and found "no basis" to ground the aircraft.
"Thus far, our review shows no systematic performance issues and provides no basis to order grounding the aircraft," Elwell said in a statement.
Read his full statement:
Kuwait’s Directorate General for Civil Aviation said it is suspending operation of all Boeing 737 Max 8 flights until further notice.
The DGCA said it is taking the action after two planes of the same type crashed in the past five months.
The ban applies to all Boeing 737 Max 8 flights, including those in transit, the DGCA said.
Boeing said the call between its CEO Dennis Muilenburg and President Trump occurred after Trump’s morning tweets about how flying has become too complicated.
“Dennis reiterated to the President our position that the MAX aircraft is safe,” a company spokesperson said.
Here's what Trump tweeted earlier today:
The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) of the United Arab Emirates banned all operation of Boeing 737 Max 8s and 9s from flying in its airspace following the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash.
The planes are not allowed to fly until further notice.
"No operator shall operate the Boeing 737-8 'MAX' and Boeing 737-9 'MAX' aircraft from, in to or over the United Arab Emirates Airspace," the GCAA said in a statement.
The only two nations still flying a substantial numbers of Boeing 737 MAX 8s are the United States and Canada.
India’s aviation authority is grounding the Boeing 737 MAX immediately, according to a tweet from the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
"These planes will be grounded till appropriate modifications and safety measures are undertaken to ensure their safe operations," the tweet reads.
Fly Dubai said on its Facebook page that its fleet of Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 9 was also grounded, on a directive from UAE's General Civil Aviation Authority. It will use its fleet of Boeing 737-800 aircraft for flights instead to minimize disruption.
A growing number of airlines around the globe have announced they won't fly the planes until they know what happened in Sunday's fatal crash of an Ethiopian Airlines jet, which killed all aboard.
Yet Boeing said no grounding is needed.
The cost of grounding all 737 MAX planes could be between $1 billion and $5 billion, according to estimates from Wall Street firms Melius Research and Jefferies.
Boeing could afford that cost: It posted record revenue of $101 billion last year, and a $10.6 billion profit. It had forecast even stronger results this year. But Boeing's stock has fallen 11% this week.
The FAA and Boeing both say a software upgrade will give pilots greater control over plane in case problems emerge with the planes' safety systems. That fix is due in April.
And two US airlines flying the 737 MAX 8 — American Airlines and Southwest — say they will continue to fly those planes.
President Trump and Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenberg spoke by telephone today, following the president’s tweet about how flying has become too complicated, according to two sources familiar with the conversation.
Muilenberg, who has talked to Trump frequently and appeared alongside him several times during the first two years of his presidency, spoke to the president after he tweeted, "Airplanes are becoming far too complex to fly."
Why it matters: This would be the first known conversation between the Boeing CEO and the president since the crash of the Ethiopian Airlines plane Sunday, which has led countries around the world to ground the 737 Max 8.
The officials did not share details of their conversation, but both confirmed the call to CNN.