Passengers flying to and from the UK could find themselves on board a model of plane suspected to be to blame for Sunday’s deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash.
A number of airlines – some UK-based – have yet to announce plans to ground the Boeing 737 Max 8. This includes British holiday operator TUI Airways, formerly Thompson, which ordered 32 of the aircraft. The carrier received its first delivery in January this year and plans to roll out its orders over the next five years.
TUI said they were in “close contact” with Boeing while the investigation into the cause of the crash is underway.
Other operators today made the decision to discontinue use of the model, following the disaster that killed 157 people at the weekend.
The airlines still using the Boeing 737 Max 8
Other airlines flying in and out of the UK which operate the Max 8 include Canadian airline WestJet, Fiji Airways, Air Italy and Norweigan Air Shuttle.
WestJet has said it will not speculate on the cause of the crash. Ryanair has ordered some of the aircraft, but has not yet taken delivery of any of the planes.
Passengers on British Airways flights in Africa could also be flying on the same model after the airline brought eight of the aircraft into service last month.
Although BA does not operate any of the Max 8 in its own fleet, it franchises African airline Comair. A Comair spokesperson said the company had no plans to stop operating the plane.
The 737 Max 8 plane crashed on Sunday shortly after takeoff from Bole airport in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa en route to Nairobi.
The aircraft was also involved in a Lion Air crash in October, when a two month old plane crashed into the sea, killing 189 people.
Airlines to ground the Max 8 include Ethiopian Airline, Indonesian airlines Garuda and Lion Air and all Chinese-regulated airlines.
An investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing.