Nigeria bans Boeing 737 Max 8 planes from flying over its airspace

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According to Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines Tewolde Gebremariam, Boeing should ground all of its 737 MAX 8 jets until they are proven to be safe. The pilot had also reported flight-control problems, an airline representative said Wednesday.

Dubai, the world's busiest airport for global travel, will no longer allow the Boeing 737 MAX 8 or 737 MAX 9 to take off or land on its runways after the controversial models were banned by the United Arab Emirates government.

Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9 planes will remain grounded for "weeks" at a minimum until a software upgrade could be tested and installed in all of the planes, US lawmakers said on Thursday.

Air Canada and WestJet Airlines Ltd. confirmed Wednesday they were in the process of grounding their Max 8s.

Earlier this week, the American aeroplane manufacturer's model 737 MAX 8 faced an nearly worldwide airspace ban following a deadly crash in Ethiopia, which resulted in the deaths of at least 157 people.

Kenya Airways will consider switching to Airbus or could opt to take more of the older 737-800 version of the Boeing jet, which doesn't feature the suspect system, Chairman Michael Joseph said in an email, without ruling out sticking with the Max.

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"We believe investors were pricing in very limited risk to the 737 ramp-up profile, which now has greater risk within the wide range of possible outcomes following these incidents", Mr. Poponak said in a research note.

The Boeing 737 MAX crash in Ethiopia looks increasingly likely to hit the planemaker's order book as mounting safety concerns prompt airlines to reconsider purchases worth about US$55 billion.

The FAA then said that the jets might stay ground for "months" while admitted that the series apparently has a software problem that poses a risk to flight safety.

Garneau said he will reverse the ban when he sees the "smoking gun that will explain what happened with this particular flight". "Air Canada Component of CUPE always believes that the safety of passengers and crew must come first", said president Wesley Lesosky.

And Turkish Airlines, one of the largest carriers in the world, said it was suspending use of its 12 MAX aircraft from Wednesday, until "uncertainty" was clarified. A total of 18 Canadians were killed in the latest crash.

Air Canada said it will grant affected customers on its roughly 75 daily Max 8 flights a full fee waiver - though that may not cover higher fares for a rebooked flight - along with "the ability to obtain a full refund". Eastern time to include additional information and quotes from Garneau, Air Canada, the pilots association and the flight attendants union.

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