Boeing has warned some of its 737 Max operators of a possible electrical issue with its aircraft, reports say, and the alert has impacted the fleet of some Canadian airlines.
According to the Globe and Mail, WestJet and Sunwing are among the 16 companies that received a notice from Boeing instructing customers to ground certain aircraft to investigate a possible problem related to the Max’s electrical system.
In statement to the Globe, WestJet said 14 737 Max in its fleet has been pulled from service.
WestJet resumed flying the 737 Max on Jan 21, taking what it says is a ““phased and transparent approach” to reintroducing the aircraft to customers. WestJet told the Associated Press on April 9 that its 13 other 737 Max aircraft "are not affected."
Sunwing said two of its four 737 Max are affected by the suspension whereas Air Canada said none of its 24 737 Max are impacted.
Meanwhile, airlines outside of Canada have pulled some airplanes from service.
On Friday (April 9). Southwest Airlines pulled 30 Max airplanes from its schedule, American Airlines pulled 17 of its 41 MAX models, United Airlines removed 16 of its 30 Max airplanes and Alaska Airlines removed four.
Canadian carriers began reintroducing the Boeing 737 Max in January after Transport Canada completed its review of the trouble aircraft model, which was grounded worldwide in March 2019 following two deadly crashes that killed 346 people, including 18 Canadians.
The disasters involving the MAX in Indonesia and Ethiopia were said to be caused by a faulty sensor system.
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