In the last few moments, Copa Airlines has confirmed to AviationSource that 21 of their Boeing 737 MAX 9s have been temporarily grounded.
Copa Airlines Temporarily Grounds 21 Boeing 737 MAX 9s…
Following a request for comment by AviationSource, a spokesperson for the airline said the following:
“Copa Airlines informs that, following the Airworthiness Directive issued by the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), it has temporarily suspended the operations of twenty-one (21) 737 MAX9 aircraft, as per the mentioned directive, until they undergo the required technical inspection.”
“Copa has initiated the necessary technical inspections and expects to return these aircraft
safely and reliably to the flight schedule within the next 24 hours.”
“The airline’s team is working to minimize the impact on our passengers, although some delays and
cancellations are expected due to this situation beyond the airline’s control.”
“Copa Airlines will make every effort to provide timely information and support to passengers affected by this situation.”
“We recommend our passengers to check their flight status on copa.com or on the Copa Airlines mobile app.”
This now means that Alaska Airlines, United Airlines, Turkish Airlines & now the Panama-based carrier is now affected by these temporary groundings due to the notice put out by the Federal Aviation Administration this evening, affecting a total of 171 aircraft.
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