According to USA Today, between Southwest, American, and United, the FAA grounded 72 planes, impacting approximately 290 flights per day. Airlines will utilize other spare planes and underbooked flights on the same routes to minimize the impact that the ban has on travel.
“The MAX 8 is a very new plane, and most major airlines can just substitute the plane losses with older, and probably safer planes at this time,” Ethan Dean ’20, an aviation enthusiast and aspiring pilot, said.
Photo by Alec Wilson. Malindo Air received the first delivery of a 737 MAX 8 in May of 2017.
Boeing delivered the 737 MAX aircraft in the middle of 2017, making it one of the newest airplanes on the market. Many big name airlines, including Southwest, American Airlines, United Airlines, and Air Canada, own and have large orders of the aircraft. Southwest Airlines is known for having a fleet of only 737 planes, including 34 737 MAX 8s, and the grounding of these aircrafts negatively impact the operations of the airline significantly.
Additionally, if the ban causes airlines to cancel flights, they will re-accommodate passengers on other flights, sometimes even with another airline. There is no clear timeline of the ban or the impacts on travel, but the world must wait until the investigations on the most recent crash conclude.