Boeing 737NG, Airbus A330 to replace Boeing 737 MAX 8 flights

One of the Fiji Airways Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft at Nadi International Airport. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

FIJI Airways says the temporary grounding of its two Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft may impact some flights.

In response to queries from this newspaper, a spokesperson from the airline said Boeing 737NG and Airbus A330 aircraft will be used to replace flights previously operated by the MAX 8s.

The national carrier says while it hopes for a smooth transition with minimal disruptions to passengers, any changes to flight schedules would be communicated to passengers.

Fiji Airways announced yesterday the temporary grounding of its Boeing 737 MAX 8s in the wake of the Ethiopian Airlines aircraft crash in Addis Ababa Sunday which claimed the lives of 149 passengers and eight crew.

Countries around the world banned Boeing 737 MAX aircraft from entering their airspace and airlines grounded their fleet immediately after the Sunday crash.

Concerns were raised because the incident was the second involving the state-of-the-art aircraft.

In October last year a Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashed into the Java Sea killing 189 passengers and crew.

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