Comair has decided to temporarily remove its 737 MAX from its flight schedule, although neither the regulatory authorities nor the manufacturer had required it to do so.

China, Indonesia and other airlines announced on Monday that they had grounded their 737 MAX jets following the crash of an Ethiopian Airline plane on Sunday. All of the 157 people on board the plane died during the crash, which took place just after take-off.

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In October last year, one of the jets crashed while flying from Indonesia, killing all 189 passengers.

In a statement issued on Monday, Comair airline division executive director Wrenelle Stander said that while Comair had done extensive preparatory work prior to the introduction of the first 737 MAX into its fleet –  and remained confident in the inherent safety of the aircraft – it decided temporarily not to schedule the aircraft while it consulted with other operators, Boeing and technical experts.

“The safety and confidence of our customers and crew is always our priority,” Stander said.

According to Comair, The MAX was the latest iteration of the most common commercial aircraft ever manufactured. It was well-established around the world, particularly in the fleets of large carriers in the United States.

There are currently over 370 Boeing 737 MAXs in operation, with 47 airlines. The type operates approximately 1 500 flights a day and has accumulated over 250 000 flights in total with an excellent record of daily reliability.

– African News Agency