Middle Eastern carrier flydubai declared on Thursday that the Boeing 737 MAX, grounded after two fatal crashes in five months, will stay an integral part of its future strategy.
Government-owned flydubai is one of the largest customers of the MAX airplane, having prepared 250 of the new model narrow-body jets ever since 2013. It presently operates 13 MAX 8 and MAX 9s.
“We recognize this is a distinctive and intricate situation underpinned by safety and regulation. There are a number of procedural features that our experienced teams are working through,” an airline spokeswoman said.
“Flydubai continues to function personally with its regulator and Boeing and we value our long-standing relationship with these partners. Our MAX airplane stays an essential part of our strategy for the future.”
The 737 MAX is expelled from flying in most countries following an Ethiopian Airlines crash on Sunday that killed all 157 people on board.
A different sort of 737 worked by flydubai crashed in Russia in 2016, killing all 62 people on board. That event remains under investigation through an initial report suggested pilot error was to blame.