A Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplane of Ethiopian Airlines fatally crashed on Sunday 10th March, bringing death to all the 157 passengers on board. In October last year, the same aircraft was flown by Lion Air and had also gone down off the coast of Indonesia.
Many countries including China, Canada, Singapore, Indonesia, and the U.S. have grounded the flights of the particular 737 MAX until the airplanes’ safety is ensured. Some countries have also banned the aircraft from entering into their airspaces.
737 MAX series of Boeing flights are their most famous and fastest selling aircraft and according to Boeing’s official website, they have received roughly 4,700 orders from over 100 customers from all over the world.
While some believe that the two crashes might be due to faults in the aircraft, other aviation officers are of the view that it could simply be pilot’s costly error in judgment.
Now that 737 MAX series is grounded in some and banned in other countries, the aircraft is not flying internationally but are still being used for domestic flights.
CEO of AirHelp, Mr. Henrik Zillmer said: “Most airlines do not have the capacity to use other planes to carry extra passengers; airlines do not typically have an extra aircraft for every flight. If airlines act fast and look ahead, they could avoid further chaos by potentially reassigning flights. However, without proactive action, this situation could lead to canceled or overbooked flights, and ultimately, boarding denials.”
737 MAX flights being grounded by China has heavily impacted Boeing as 97 of these crafts are in use of Chinese Airlines which is more than twenty-five percent of the total number being operated in the world.
United Airlines have reported that around 40 of their flights are operated on the MAX flights in a day. However, they do not expect that the aircraft’s grounding would affect their operation but still are trying to re-book flights with travelers.