SINGAPORE: Details of four canceled SilkAir flights between Singapore and Yangon on March 24 were announced by Singapore Airlines (SIA) on Monday (March 18).
Flights MI518, MI519, MI520 and MI521 were canceled due to the relocation of aircraft to the SilkAir fleet after the grounding of all six Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets on March 12, the courier said in a release.
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SIA will set up two additional flights between Singapore and Yangon – SQ995 and SQ996 – on the same date, it added. They will be operated using Boeing 777-200ER aircraft.
SIA said on its website that the public will be "gradually updated" with information about its flight changes and that it is also "in close communication with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and Changi Airport Group (CAG) to manage the. effects of flight disruptions ".
SINGAPORE TO KUALA LUMPUR
This is the second wave of flights from SilkAir after the courier announced on March 12 that he had six flights between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur from March 18 to March 30, excluding March 19 and March 26.
The cancellation included flights MI323, MI324, MI325, MI326, MI327 and MI328.
SIA said it would set up two additional flights between the two cities in the same period – SQ108 and SQ109 – with the exception of March 19 and March 26.
Flight tracking site Flightradar24 showed that SIA had used the Boeing 787-10 to serve SQ108 and SQ109.
The announcement came after CAAS ordered the provisional suspension of all Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft in and out of the country following the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines aircraft on March 10, killing all 157 crew members and passengers on board. The crash involved a Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet.
It was the second time in less than six months that a Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet crashed. In October last year, an Indonesian Lion Air flight crashed after taking off and took 189 people on board.
On March 11, Boeing said it was developing an extension of the control software for the 737 MAX 8, including updates to Flight Management Lawaces (MCEA), pilot views, operating manuals and crew training.
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"Boeing has worked closely with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the development, planning and certification of software improvements, and it will be deployed in the 737 MAX fleet in the coming weeks," the pilot said.