With the Boeing 737 Max 8 in the spotlight since Sunday’s Ethiopian Airlines crash, passengers suddenly want to know what plane they’re booked on.

Here’s a snapshot of the three U.S. airlines that fly the Boeing 737 Max 8 and sibling Max 9, a newer version with more seats.

Note that just because a sample route is listed does not mean your upcoming flight between those two cities will be on a Max 8. Carriers often fly different planes on routes with multiple daily flights.

It’s relatively easy to check what plane you’re due to fly.  And remember, a Boeing 737-800 is not the same thing as a Boeing 737 Max 8.

Southwest Airlines

Number of Max 8s: 34

Daily flights on the Max 8: Approximately 160

Total daily flights: 4,000

Sample Max 8 routes:


Los Angeles-Oakland


St. Louis-New Orleans

Nashville-Los Angeles



Chicago-Las Vegas


Phoenix-San Francisco

San Diego-Portland


Fort Lauderdale-Houston

American Airlines

Number of Max 8s: 24

Daily flights on the Max 8: Approximately 90

Total flights: 6,700

Sample Max 8 routes:

New York-Miami


Washington, D.C. (Reagan)- Miami



Miami-Trinidad and Tobago

United Airlines

Number of Max 8s: 0

Number of Max 9s: 14

Daily flights on the Max 9: 40

Total daily flights: 4,800

Sample Max 9 routes:


San Francisco-Maui:

Houston-Los Angeles

San Francisco-Houston

Houston-Cancun, Mexico

Fort Lauderdale-Houston

Sources: USA TODAY research, FlightAware.com


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