No Vietnam airline operates Boeing 737 MAX 9 planes

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(VOVWORLD) - Vietnam has not received an order from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to ground all Boeing 737 MAX 9 planes until they are carefully inspected, said Dinh Viet Thang, Director of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam on Sunday.

No Vietnam airline operates Boeing 737 MAX 9 planes - ảnh 1Alaska Airlines airplanes take off from Everett, Washington, US on February 1, 2023 (Photo: AFP/ VNA)

In principle, when the US Federal Aviation Administration, as the national aviation authority that oversees the Boeing 737 MAX 9, temporarily suspends the operation of this type of aircraft for inspection, airlines that are operating this type of aircraft will strictly comply with FAA's directive.

Mr. Thang said that up until now, no Vietnamese airline has operated the Boeing 737 MAX. Vietjet Air has signed a purchase contract but has not yet received any of the aircraft. Vietnam Airlines has signed just a memorandum of understanding on the introduction of 50 planes for sale.

On Saturday, the Federal Aviation Administration ordered airlines to ground many of their Boeing 737 MAX 9 planes for inspection after an exit panel blew off from an Alaska Airlines airplane mid-flight late Friday. The FAA said its directive will impact 171 planes around the world.