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Boeing 737 Max 8 : What are the consequences of the airspace lockdown for travelers?

After the crash of a Boeing 737 Max 8 with 157 dead must remain machines of the same type in several countries on the ground. In the whole of Europe was locked down on Tuesday night, the air space for these aircraft. The crash of the Ethiopian Airlines plane after the Start in Addis Ababa on Sunday was the second of this model within a few months: in October a pilot of Indonesia's Lion Air had crashed in front of Java, 189 people died. World's airlines use more than 350 machines of the type 737 Max 8.

What do passengers have to expect in Germany now?

in Germany, travelers can take the arrangement in a more relaxed fashion. As the only German airline Tuifly wanted to use a machine of this type, starting in April, now MRP, you to exposed. "This is not a Problem," said a Tui spokesperson. Europe-wide, 15 machines are affected, with Europe's largest tour operator wanted to promote European customers in the holiday. Here, too, Tui is confident to find other aircraft as a replacement.

At the Berlin airports Tegel and Schönefeld, no machine of this type is currently. "It is neither a Boeing 737 Max 8 parked with us, which would have to be implemented, such aircraft is advised," said airport spokesman Daniel Tolksdorf. Although there are Airlines that would use this type of aircraft occasionally, but are not currently in Berlin. "I don't see any big problems," stressed Tolksdorf, flight cancellations are currently not foreseeable.

The air navigation, the air traffic controllers, the overflight would have to check the ban, is still waiting for written instructions from the Ministry of transport. "We still have nothing Concrete," said a spokeswoman. In the case of the authority, it is expected that not only the ATC, but also the Airlines and the pilots will be informed about the exact specifications.

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What is the Problem of the Boeing 737 Max 8?

twice a nearly new Boeing 737 Max 8 has crashed a few minutes after the Start. Both accidents have similarities, there were striking variations in the flight height. Into the twilight of a System, with the Boeing shortcomings in the model wanted to compensate for got. It is supposed to prevent crashes.

The so-called Schmalrumpfjets Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 are the success models of the respective manufacturers. Both decided to leave the aircraft with new, fuel-saving equip engines. The do, however, have a significantly larger diameter. What was the higher of the A320 without difficulty feasible, was for Boeing the Problem: in Order to get the drives with plenty of ground clearance to the wings, had to be extended in the chassis. In addition, the engines have been moved works to the front. This increased the inclination of the machine to lift the nose what is demolition with a to high angle of attack to a flow, a buoyancy loss and in the worst case to crash.

to prevent this, invented by Boeing for the Max, the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS). The System in certain flight an imminent lift to prevent loss by the nose of the plane pushes down automatically. The MCAS but also apparently to faulty sensor data. Close to the ground only seconds left to the pilots to disable the System. Cockpit crews accused the manufacturer in accordance with the Lionair Crash, not to be sufficiently in excess of MCAS has been informed. Boeing rejected the had to repair the corresponding manuals.

What are the airlines affected?

Paramount is the operator of the low-cost airline Norwegian with 18 machines. You have no doubt as to the safety of the aircraft, which would meet all requirements of the American and European authorities, said the head of flight operations, Tomas Hesthammer. Nevertheless, the company has pulled out all the 18 machines as a precaution. The operator of the Max in Europe, Turkish Airlines (eleven machines), the TUI flight operations in Belgium, great Britain, the Netherlands and Sweden (15), LOT (Poland/four), Icelandair (three), Air Italy (three), smart wings (Czech Republic/three), Corendon (Turkey/a) and S7 (Russia/two).

Boeing is afraid, apparently, that the United States could close its airspace, making significantly more airlines would be affected. According to media reports, the group was on the phone with chef Dennis Muilenberg, with US President Donald Trump. The New York Times reported, citing two talking to familiar people, Muilenberg have advertised in the case of Trump, impose no start prohibition for similar machines in the United States. Also, the transmitter CNN reported the telephone conversation of Tuesday, to report without, however, based on the content. An official confirmation it was initially.

The United States, however, continue to no reason for a prohibition. So far, the Reviews of the aviation authority would have given the FAA no "systemic power ban problems" in the type of aircraft and there is no basis for a start, informed the acting authorities chief Daniel Elwell on Tuesday on Twitter. Also the aviation authorities of other countries, the FAA would have provided no data, and the measures required.

it was said in the message, "urgent evaluation" of the data of the on Sunday crashed Boeing 737 Max 8 of Ethiopian Airlines is continuing. Should result in information that questioned the airworthiness of the machines in question, would take the FAA to "take immediate and appropriate action".

What can be done by travellers who have already booked?

On the UK Twitter Account of the Norwegian unsettled passengers check to see if your flight successes, for instance with a Max. Anyone who wants to withdraw from the flight and the money demand, must have the "will to fight" and a long breath, says the air transport law expert Ronald Schmid. A method that would be sure to go to the Federal court, could drag on for a good two to three years, with an open outcome.

Because it moves in a grey zone. At the time of booking of package tours, many organizers call anyway, only vaguely, the airline said Schmid. If it is not specifically the Name of the Airline and the used type of aircraft to be called, had to accept the travellers, "what is to come," criticizes the expert.

That in the current Situation, the insurance of a carrier is not liable for a flight, with a Max, and not have to worry about a passenger, however, explained Schmid. To the traveller it is in any case a duty, in theory, you could take the airline concerned in Regress.

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After crash in Ethiopia, Europe with its air locked space for the Boeing 737 Max 8

Already, in 2013, Boeing has had with its newly developed model 787 "Dreamliner" significant problems, to a multi-month flight ban. Previously there had been two fires due to the on-Board Lithium-ion batteries. Only after extensive modifications, the machine could start again, today, the 787 is already a model of success. (with dpa)

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