Lion Air CEO Edward Sirait considers cancel of Boeing 737 MAX orders

Lion Air CEO Edward Sirait considers cancel of Boeing 737 MAX orders

Lion Air CEO Edward Sirait considers cancel of Boeing 737 MAX orders

India's Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said Jet Airways and SpiceJet, which operate 737 Max jets in the country, have not experienced any major issue with the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) and its advice is an interim measure until there is clarity from Boeing.

Meanwhile, Indonesian aviation authorities also announced on Wednesday that they will immediately impose new requirements for simulator training for the 737 MAX.

Boeing Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg told a CNBC interviewer on Thursday he was "very confident" in the safety of the 737 MAX, the newest version of a jet that has been a fixture of passenger travel for decades.

Crash investigators are focusing on the possibility that a new anti-stall system that repeatedly pushed the Lion Air jetliner's nose down was being fed by erroneous data from a faulty sensor left in place after a previous hazardous flight.

"This year, as we celebrate 50 years of safe and reliable service, we take great pride in introducing the first Boeing 737 Max 8 to our fleet", said Fabian Whorms, president of Cayman Airways.

The last flight before the crash of Lion Air's Max 8 (registration PK-LQP) was from Bali to Jakarta on Sunday.

The Seattle-based aeroplane maker is weighing plans to launch a software upgrade for the 737 MAX that would help address the issue faced by the Lion Air crew, it was reported earlier. "In case of any snag or feared snag with the MCAS, pilots will revert to manual trimming (not depend on or use MCAS) and then land at nearest suitable airport".

The Indian regulator said airlines must instruct the crew to divert to the nearest possible airport in case there is a MCAS defect in the flight.

"While so far the Max in India have not given any cause for concern, we have asked the two airlines to report about any issue with MCAS on their Max to us and we are doing a daily monitoring", the official was quoted as saying by The Times of India.

The DGCA said that if an aircraft has had any MCAS-related issues, the airline would need to carry out a verification flight, meaning one without passengers, before undertaking any commercial flight.

Lion Air was reported to be reviewing Boeing airplane purchases and had not ruled out canceling orders as relations worsen in a spat over responsibility for the crash, according to sources.

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