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Safety first - says Caribbean Airlines

Caribbean Airlines (CAL) says it will not acquire the Boeing 737 MAX-8 aircraft if  it is found that it does not meet required safety standards.
 
In a statement yesterday, Caribbean Airlines said it does not fly the Boeing 737 MAX-8 aircraft and will not introduce any plane into its fleet that does not meet the most stringent international and domestic regulations.
 
According to CAL, its international aviation consultants, attorneys, and management are closely monitoring the situation, and will take all required steps to continue to safeguard the airline, its customers and staff.
 
Caribbean Airlines says it will try to accommodate passengers of  other air carriers who may be affected by the grounding of  the Boeing 737 MAX-8.
 
The statement follows mounting concern about the safety of  the aircraft in the aftermath of  Sunday's Ethiopian Airways crash in which all 157 passengers were killed.
 
Boeing has since grounded its entire global fleet of  737 Max aircraft.
 
Jamaica has also restricted that model plane from its airspace.
 
And the Washington Post has reported that pilots for U.S. airlines submitted several complaints about the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft and voiced concerns directly with Boeing executives months before the same model crashed in Ethiopia.
 
It said the union representing U.S. airline pilots met with Boeing executives last November in Fort Worth, Texas, to discuss concerns over an anti-stall system in Boeing's bestselling MAX 8 aircraft.
 
The meeting followed closely on the heels of  the Lion Air tragedy, when a MAX 8 aircraft crashed into the ocean off  Indonesia shortly after takeoff, killing all 189 passengers.
 
Pilots were reportedly upset that Boeing failed to disclose the MAX 8 was equipped with new software, known as the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System. 
 
Introduced in 2017 with the 737 MAX 8 model, the system is designed to automatically lower the nose of  the plane to prevent it from stalling, based on information sent from external sensors.
 
A 737 captain and spokesman for the Allied Pilots Association, said Boeing executives admitted they had not told pilots about the system because they did not want to inundate them with information.
 
A Boeing spokesman denied any executive made the statement. 


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