These countries have suspended the Boeing 737 Max planes [UPDATE]

These Countries are Grounding All 737 Max Planes, Following Ethiopian Airlines Crash

Following Sunday’s deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash, these countries are banning the aircraft model from their airspaces.

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In Singapore, thousands of air travellers flying through Changi Airport will be affected by Singapore’s decision to suspend all Boeing 737 Max 8 flight operations.

As of 2PM 13 March 2019, airlines are no longer allowed to fly all variations of the model in or out of Singapore, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS).

This temporary suspension follows the deadly crash of an Ethiopian Airlines flight on Sunday, which operated with B-737 Max 8, that killed all 157 people aboard. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

This is the second crash of a 737 Max 8 plane in less than five months; the Lion Air crash tragedy last October also involved the same aircraft, with some experts observing similarities which led to the two accidents.


Currently, there are approximately 350 737 MAX 8 planes in service around the world. Major airlines affected by Singapore’s grounding include Silk Air, China Southern Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Shandong Airlines, and Thai Lion Air.

Although this suspension means there will be some flight cancellations, most affected airlines have said that the first option is to switch their aircraft type instead to avoid inconveniencing travellers. (To find out if you’re flying on a Boeing 737 Max 8, you can visit or SeatGuru, which lets you determine your plane type.)

Image credit: Gusti Fikri Izzudin Noor

Here’s the list of the countries that have grounded the Boeing 737 MAX 8 operations [UPDATED]:

  1. Singapore
  2. Belgium
  3. China
  4. Malaysia
  5. Indonesia
  6. South Korea
  7. Mongolia
  8. Ireland
  9. Iceland
  10. Norway
  11. Australia
  12. Argentina
  13. United Kingdom
  14. Germany
  15. France
  16. Ireland
  17. Austria
  18. Netherlands
  19. Turkey

Singapore is among the first to have grounded the B737 plane. The growing list of countries and airlines around the world that have now suspended its operations of the model include France, Australia and Germany.

Neither Boeing or the United States, however, has yet to ground the flight, with Boeing continuing to claim that its planes are safe to fly. In a statement, the US-based manufacturer says, “The investigation is in its early stages, but at this point, based on the information available, we do not have any basis to issue new guidance to operators.”

Watch this space for real-time updates.

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