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SilkAir (SIA) will bring its B-737 MAX aircraft to Australia

Decision taken in view of the rainy season

Today the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (Casa - Civil Aviation Safety Authority) has declared that the request to transfer its B-737 MAX aircraft to the Singaporean SilkAir (Singapore Airlines, SIA) has been approved a storage center located in Alice Springs. The global grounding of the B-737 aircraft took place following two fatal accidents: one, in March in Addis Ababa, killed 157 people (see AVIONEWS) and the second, in Jakarta, caused 189 victims (see AVIONEWS).

Tom Vincent, managing director of Apas (Asia Pacific Aviation Services Limited), said: "We are a facility dedicated to the storage and maintenance of aircraft for companies up to new provisions". He declared that the decision stems from the need to protect the aircraft from the structural damage they would suffer in Singapore with the arrival of the tropical rainy season and the engineers are already working on the mandatory maintenance and correction procedures to be able to certify the aircraft again. However, he added, he could not be sure that one day they could return to fly.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency