UAE's Flydubai says fleet not affected by possible 737 MAX electrical issue

Glitch is not related to computer design problems that contributed to a 20-month safety ban after two deadly crashes

  
A Boeing 737 MAX aircraft bearing the logo of flydubai is parked at a Boeing production facility in Renton, Washington, U.S. March 11, 2019. Image used for illustrative purpose.

A Boeing 737 MAX aircraft bearing the logo of flydubai is parked at a Boeing production facility in Renton, Washington, U.S. March 11, 2019. Image used for illustrative purpose.

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DUBAI - United Arab Emirates airline flydubai said on Sunday its 14 Boeing 737 MAX jets were not affected by a potential electrical problem in certain jets.

Other airlines withdrew dozens of 737 MAX aircraft from service on Friday after Boeing warned of a possible electrical insulation fault in the recent production of some aircraft.

The glitch is not related to computer design problems that contributed to a 20-month safety ban after two deadly crashes.

The new problem, regulators said, involved the electrical grounding - or connections designed to maintain safety in the event of a surge of voltage - inside a backup power control system.

“Following a briefing from Boeing we can confirm that none of flydubai’s fleet of MAX aircraft are affected," an airline spokeswoman said in an email.

Flydubai resumed 737 MAX services last Thursday.

(Writing by Alexander Cornwell; Editing by Susan Fenton) ((Alexander.Cornwell@thomsonreuters.com;))

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