Boeing 737 Max 8: Plane now grounded everywhere

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    Boeing’s 737 Max 8 remains in the news this week following the crash of one of the jets in Ethiopia on Sunday.

    American Airlines and Southwest had been the world’s only carriers still flying the 737 Max 8 version that was involved in two recent crashes. United also had been flying Boeing 737 Max jets in its fleet, though it has only the larger Max 9 version.

    But those flights came to an abrupt end Wednesday after the Trump administration issued an order to ground the Boeing 737 Max planes in the U.S. in the wake of recent catastrophic crashes in Indonesia late last year and in Ethiopia this week. 

    Prior to that, the only carriers still flying the jet had been in the U.S., where the Federal Aviation Administration had said there was no conclusive evidence that called for grounding the jet.

    Earlier Wednesday, Canada moved to ground the 737 Max from its airspace. 

    “This safety notice restricts commercial passenger flights from any air operator, both domestic and foreign, of the Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9 aircraft from arriving, departing, or overflying Canadian airspace,” Transport Minister Marc Garneau said in a statement to the CBC Wednesday.

    Here’s a rundown of who’s flying the 737 Max 8 and who’s not, plus who is flying the similar Max 9. Only carriers that currently have 737 Max jets in their fleets are listed.

    The data was gathered from a combination of government announcements, airline announcements, local press reports and information from the aviation site ch-aviation.com that specializes in aviation schedules and data. (Data accurate as of March 13, 2019). 

    North America

    Grounded: Air Canada, Aeromexico, Cayman Airways, Copa Airlines of Panama (Max 9s only), Sunwing Airlines of Canada and WestJet of Canada. 

    Now grounded after U.S. move: American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines (Max 9s only)

    Europe

    Grounded: Air Italy, Enter Air, Icelandair, LOT, Norwegian, Smartwings, S7, TUI fly, Turkish Airlines.

    In use: None.

    South America

    Grounded: Aerolineas Argentina, GOL Airlines

    In use: None.

    Asia

    Grounded: 9 Air, Air China, China Eastern, China Southern, Corendon Airlines, Eastar Jet, FlyDubai, Fuzhou Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Hainan Airlines, Jet Airways, Kunming Airlines, Lion Air, Lucky Air, MIAT Mongolian Airlines, Okay Airways, Oman Air, SCAT Airlines, Shandong Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Shenzen Airlines, Silk Air, SpiceJet, Thai Lion Air*, Xiamen Airlines.

    In use: None.

    *Thai Lion Air suspension effective March 14 through March 20, according to ch-aviation.com.

    Australia/New Zealand/Oceania

    Grounded:Fiji Airways.

    In use: None.

    Africa

    Grounded: Comair (flies under British Airways brand), Ethiopian Airlines, Royal Air Maroc.

    In use: None.

    TBD: Mauritania Airlines has one Max 8, but ch-aviation.com says it has been “inactive” since March 12.

     

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