Fiji Airways says it is confident that it’s Boeing 737 Max 8 planes – are ‘airworthy’.
The airline says the planes are certified by their engineering team in accordance with the Fijian and US Federal Aviation Administration standards.
This comes after a similar plane used by Ethiopian Airlines – had crashed a few minutes after taking off, killing 157 people on board, a few days ago.
A similar incident happened last October where – a Lion Air Boeing 737 Max 8, crashed in the Java Sea and killed 189 people on board.
In a statement, Fiji Airways spokesperson – Shane Hussein said, they are sad to hear of the tragic accident, and are closely following the situation as the world awaits the cause, of the Ethiopian Airline plane crash.
Hussein said Fiji Airways follows a comprehensive induction process for all its new aircrafts, including its new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircrafts.
He said the Airline’s Boeing 737 pilots and cabin crew receive extensive ground and simulator training, over and above the mandatory training set for the MAX 8 by the manufacturer.
He added that the safety of its passengers and crew – will always be Fiji Airway’s top priority.
The Fijian and US Federal Aviation Administration has also issued a Continued Airworthiness Notification to the International Community regarding the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, stating that the aircraft is airworthy and the previous directive issued in November 2018 should continue to be complied with.
Fiji Airways is and will remain fully compliant with the Fijian and US Federal Aviation Administration Airworthiness Directive.