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SilkAir statement on Boeing 737 MAX 8 operations

We are deeply saddened by the loss of Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302, and our hearts go out to those affected by the accident.

SilkAir is temporarily withdrawing its Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet from service. SilkAir currently has six 737 MAX 8s. The safety of our customers and crew is our highest priority. As of this morning, all six aircraft have been grounded in Singapore and will not be returned to service until further notice. Its 17 Boeing 737-800NGs are not affected. The withdrawal from service of the 737 MAX 8 fleet will have an impact on some of the airline's flight schedules. Customers who may be affected by flight disruptions will be contacted for reaccommodation.

SilkAir is in close communication with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and Changi Airport Group (CAG) to manage the effects of flight disruptions. We will provide updates on affected flights when finalised.

We will continue to work closely with the regulatory authorities and will provide updates when there is new information.

Customers affected by the Boeing 737 MAX 8 flight disruptions who require assistance may email with their six-character booking reference number and contact details, or contact our Singapore hotline at +65 6223 8888. As we are experiencing high call volumes at our call centres, we strongly encourage customers to email for any assistance.

Customers are advised to update their contact details or subscribe to a mobile notification service to receive updates to their flight status here. Customers may also check our website regularly for updates.

First posted 12 March 2019, 1100hrs (GMT+8)