TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Indonesian low-cost air carrier Lion Air announced that it will wait for an official instruction before reintroducing its Boeing 737 Max fleet after the United States’ Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) lifted the 20-month ban imposed on the aircraft.
“We, as operators or customers of the aircraft, will wait for a decision to be made by the aircraft producer and regulators,” said Danang Mandala Prihantoro, Corporate Communications Strategic of Lion Air Group, on November 19.
Lion Air has 10 fleets of Boeing 747 Max 8. The ten jets are all grounded following two tragic accidents that saw Ethiopian Airlines ET 320 and Lion Air JT 610 fall from the sky due to technical setbacks in the aircraft’s software within 5-months in 2018 and 2019.
Reuters reported today that the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration chief Steve Dickson signed an order lifting the longest jet grounding in commercial aviation history. The agency released final details of the software, system, and training upgrades Boeing and airlines must complete before carrying passengers.
When flights resume, Boeing will be running a 24-hour war room to monitor all Boeing 737 Max flights for potential problems, from stuck landing gear to health emergencies, three people familiar with the matter said.
FRANCISCA CHRISTY ROSANA | REUTERS