The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)
published an Airworthiness Directive on Tuesday evening,
suspending all flight operations of all Boeing 737-8 MAX and 737-9
MAX aeroplanes in Europe.
In addition EASA has published a Safety
Directive suspending all commercial flights performed by
third-country operators into, within or out of the EU of the above
Earlier on Tuesday,
Singapore banned all Boeing 737 MAX variants from flying in its
airspace and other countries such as Indonesia, China, India
and Australia have made similar decisions.
EASA says it is continuously analysing the data
as it becomes available.
On Tuesday, Boeing issued the following
statement, "Safety is Boeing’s number one priority and we have
full confidence in the safety of the 737 MAX. We understand that
regulatory agencies and customers have made decisions that they
believe are most appropriate for their home markets. We’ll
continue to engage with them to ensure they have the information
needed to have confidence in operating their fleets. The United
States Federal Aviation Administration is not mandating any
further action at this time, and based on the information
currently available, we do not have any basis to issue new
guidance to operators."