Cayman Airways Friday (9 November) defended the safety record of the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft following a crash in Indonesia.
Lion Air flight 610 crashed shortly after takeoff on 29 October, killing all 189 people on board.
The aircraft was practically brand new, which may be of concern to those in the Cayman Islands. Cayman Airways expects to have four of these types of planes in its fleet by the end of 2020.
Investigators have pointed to the plane’s automated systems as one contributing factor to the crash.
“The recent accident should not be considered a reference for comparison with operations at Cayman Airways,” CAL CEO and President Fabian Whorms is quoted as saying in a press release issued late Friday (9 November), adding the aircraft has hundreds of thousands of hours of safe operations.
CAL says it has already incorportated procedural and training elements necessary to comply with Boeing and FAA instructions.
That comes after the Federal Aviation Authority and the manufacturer issued bulletins emphasizing the need for flight crews to follow procedures in the aircraft’s operating manual.
“I can give a full assurance that our new aircraft will not be delivered or accepted unless it has thoroughly passed all required post production flight and ground tests successfully,” Mr. Whorms is quotes as saying in the release.
Earlier this week, the first Cayman Airways Boeing 737 Max 8 completed its first major flight tests.
CAL expected to have the first new aircraft join its fleet by year’s end.
It is expected to be the aircraft used in CAL’a newly announced route to Denver, Colorado.