The union representing Air Canada’s flight attendants welcomes Transport Minister Marc Garneau’s decision to close the Canadian air space to Boeing 737 Max 8 airplanes.
The 737 Max 8 has had two deadly crashes in five months, most recently in Ethiopia, killing all 157 passengers on board. The victims came from 33 nations and included 18 Canadians.
Garneau closed the air space to the Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9 airplanes as a result of new information they received on the morning of Wednesday, March 13, and after an analysis of that information, they opted to join the many other countries that had already the airplanes. (The Max 9 has an extended fuselage, but uses the same systems as the Max 8s.) A similar announcement was made by the United States shortly there.
“In light of the new data received by the federal government, we welcome the Minister’s decision to err on the side of prudence until the analysis of the causes of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crash is completed,” sayd the president of the Air Canada Component of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Wesley Lesosky.
Today’s notice restricts commercial passenger flights from any air operator, both domestic and foreign, of the Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9 aircraft from arriving, departing, or flying over Canadian airspace.
The Air Canada Component of CUPE represents more than 8,500 flight attendants at Air Canada mainline and Rouge. The cause of the crash is yet unproven, this is ban is safety precaution.
SOURCE, in part, from Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
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