Taipei, No Taiwanese airlines use the Boeing 737MAX in their fleets, local carriers said Monday after an Ethiopian Airlines plane of that model crashed shortly after takeoff Sunday, killing all 157 people on board.
Safety concerns were raised about the popular singleaisle model following two deadly air crashes in about five months, but local carriers said they have no plans to obtain the plane in the near future, apart from Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT), which announced last year that it will lease two 737MAX by the end of 2019.
After the deadly accident, however, FAT said it has not yet signed a contract for the lease and will suspend related procedures until Boeing provides details to assure the safety of its jets.
Other local airlines declined to comment on whether the latest crash will affect their future jet order plans, and said they will make relevant decisions based on their separate development strategies.
The 737MAX is the same model used by a Lion Air flight that crashed into waters off the north coast of Java Island last October, killing all 189 people on board.
Following the latest tragedy, Boeing said it is postponing its March 13 777X external debut but will look for an opportunity for the new plane to make its mark in the world in the near future.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel