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Does your favourite airline fly the Boeing 737 Max? Find out

BY: Graphic.com.gh

The plane that crashed on Sunday outside Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, revived questions about a new Boeing model that is growing in popularity among airlines.

The crash was the second in just five months involving the model, a Boeing 737 Max 8. Concerns first surfaced after a Lion Air flight crashed near Indonesia in October, killing all 189 people aboard.


The 737 class is a workhorse for airlines worldwide, and the single-aisle 737 Max has been Boeing’s best-selling plane ever. More than 340 of the Max 8 planes are currently registered, and many more are on order.

Max 8 planes flew more than 8,500 flights worldwide in the week beginning Feb. 25, according to Flightradar24, a flight tracking service. The most popular routes were in North America and China.

Routes Boeing 737 Max 8 Planes Fly Most Often

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Note: Only routes with 40 or more flights per week on a given airline are shown

Two American carriers that use the planes heavily — Southwest Airlines and American Airlines — have said they will continue to fly them. But on Monday, China and Indonesia ordered their airlines to ground all of the Max 8 jets they operate. Some other carriers, including Cayman Airways and Comair, followed suit.

Status of Max 8 flights by airline as of March 12

AIRLINE

STATUS

No. OF 737 MAX 8S IN FLEET

Southwest Airlines

In use

34

Air Canada

In use

24

American Airlines

In use

24

China Southern Airlines

Grounded

22

Norwegian Air

In use

18

Air China

Grounded

15

TUI fly

In use

15

SpiceJet

In use

13

WestJet

In use

13

Hainan Airlines

Grounded

11

Shanghai Airlines

Grounded

11

FlyDubai

In use

11

Turkish Airlines

In use

11

Xiamen Airlines

Grounded

10

Lion Air

Grounded

10

Smartwings

In use

7

Shandong Airlines

Grounded

7

GOL Airlines

Grounded

7

Shenzhen Airlines

Grounded

6

SilkAir

Grounded

6

Aeromexico

Grounded

6

Aerolineas Argentinas

Grounded

5

LOT

Unknown

5

Oman Air

In use

5

Jet Airways

Previously grounded

5

Ethiopian Airlines

Grounded

4

China Eastern Airlines

Grounded

4

Sunwing Airlines

In use

4

Lucky Air

Grounded

3

Air Italy

In use

3

Icelandair

In use

3

Cayman Airways

Grounded

2

Eastar Jet

Unknown

2

Fiji Airways

In use

2

Fuzhou Airlines

Grounded

2

Kunming Airlines

Grounded

2

Okay Airways

Grounded

2

S7 Airlines

In use

2

Enter Air

Unknown

2

Royal Air Maroc

Grounded

1

9 Air

Grounded

1

Garuda Indonesia

Grounded

1

Comair

Grounded

1

Mauritania Airlines

Unknown

1

MIAT Mongolian Airlines

Unknown

1

Corendon Airlines

Unknown

1

SCAT

In use

1

Note: Jet Airways hasn’t flown any of its Max 8s since beginning of March 2019 due to financial distress.


Investigators have not yet determined the cause of the Ethiopia crash, but they recovered both the flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder on Monday.

Some circumstances of the crash, such as unusual altitude changes after takeoff, were similar to those in the Lion Air flight.

Five months later, the causes of the Indonesian crash are still under investigation. But the tragedy revealed that Boeing and the United States Federal Aviation Administration determined that pilots did not need to be informed of changes to the Max 8’s flight control system, which may have contributed to the crash.

credit: New York Times