Spicejet shares tank 8% in morning trade after DGCA bans Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes; Jet Airways stock plunges too

SpiceJet has around 12 such aircraft in its fleet. Jet Airways has five, which have been already grounded.

Press Trust of India March 13, 2019 11:48:29 IST
Spicejet shares tank 8% in morning trade after DGCA bans Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes; Jet Airways stock plunges too
  • On Tuesday night, DGCA announced its decision to immediately ground Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft

  • SpiceJet has around 12 Boeing 737 MAX such aircraft in its fleet and Jet Airways has five such planes

  • SpiceJet said it has already initiated grounding of its MAX fleet after the directions of DGCA

New Delhi: Shares of SpiceJet slumped 8 percent in morning trade on BSE on Wednesday, after the country banned Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes following the Ethiopian Airlines crash.

On Tuesday night, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) announced its decision to "immediately" ground the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.

Spicejet shares tank 8 in morning trade after DGCA bans Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes Jet Airways stock plunges too

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The decision came days after a 737 MAX 8 aircraft operated by the Ethiopian Airlines crashed near Addis Ababa killing 157 people, including four Indians.

Following the announcement, shares of SpiceJet opened on a weak note at Rs 74, then fell further to touch an intra-day low of Rs 72.50, down 7.99 percent over its previous close of Rs 78.80.

Shares of Jet Airways also witnessed similar trend. The stock opened at Rs 241.70, then lost further ground and fell to a low of Rs 236.70, down 3.64 percent over its last closing price of Rs 245.65 on BSE.

SpiceJet has around 12 such aircraft in its fleet. Jet Airways has five, which have been already grounded.

In a statement on Wednesday, SpiceJet said, "Consequent to the regulatory directive on the Boeing 737 MAX, SpiceJet has already initiated grounding of its MAX fleet."

"In order to cause least inconvenience to its passengers and also bring these aircraft to its maintenance base we expect to complete this exercise on or before 4 pm today (Wednesday)".

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