(CMR) Cayman Marl Road has just received information that Cayman Airways has suspended any further operations with the Max 8. This comes less than twenty-four hours after a fatal Ethiopian Airlines disaster with the Max 8.
As CMR reported earlier many locals were very concerned given the fact that this was the second fatal accident with the new Boeing aircraft in less than six months.
In a press release late today they have noted that:
In the wake of the tragic loss of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 on March 10, 2019, which was being operated by a Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, Cayman Airways extends its condolences to the families and loved ones of the passengers and crew on board that flight.
“While the cause of this sad loss is undetermined at this time, we stand by our commitment to putting the safety of our passengers and crew first by maintaining complete and undoubtedly safe operations, and as such, we have taken the decision to suspend operations of both our new Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, effective from Monday, March 11, 2019, until more information is received,”
said Cayman Airways President and CEO, Fabian Whorms.
Mr. Whorms said Cayman Airways is currently working in coordination with both the Boeing Corporation and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands (CAACI) to monitor the investigation into Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302.
“We offer our valued customers our continued assurance that all prudent and necessary actions required for the safe operation of our Max 8's will be accomplished before the aircraft are returned to service,”
he said, adding that some relatively minor, but necessary schedule and capacity changes will be needed over the next few days to manage the flight schedule in instances where the national airline may be short on available aircraft.
“We appreciate the understanding and support of our customers as we implement these changes, and apologize in advance for any inconveniences that may be caused,” he said.