A fleet of thirty 737 MAX 8s are on route for an Australian carrier - the very same aircraft as the Ethiopian Airlines one, which crashed over the weekend. All 157 people on board the flight were killed in the accident.
Virgin Australia has thirty of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes on order, along with another 10 of its larger version.
Bloomberg has reported that China has temporarily grounded it's entire fleet of the said aircraft, citing it's "zero tolerance for safety hazards and strict control of safety risks," outlined by a notice issued by China's Civil Aviation Authority.
Both Strategic Aviation Solutions chairman, Neil Hansford, and a spokesperson from Virgin have said it's too early to comment on the cause of the most recent crash. An investigation is currently underway, which will likely examine the MAX 8's new Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS). It's speculated this feature may have malfunctioned and could be a leading cause to the flight disruption and subsequent crash.
A total of 350 MAX planes have been delivered to airlines all over the world, and a further 4,661 are on order/to be delivered. A spokesperson for Australia's largest airline, Qantas, has said that it doesn't operate or maintain any MAX planes, nor does it have any on order.