Amid two Boeing 737 Max 8 airplane crashes, the world’s best-selling jet is finally grounded in the U.S.
Data from the two planes show they may have suffered the exact same problem before crashing. A malfunction with its automated system, which is designed to keep the jetliners from stalling.
American Airlines grounded nine of American’s 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 planes in their Tulsa fleet, and they will stay parked indefinitely as a precautionary measure. On average, the airline operates 85 flights daily using the Max 8. As a result, 85 flight are being canceled daily due to the grounding or approximately one percent of daily flights worldwide. American is currently ferrying additional planes to Tulsa to wait for a solution to the problem.
Additionally, Southwest Airlines released a statement stating that they immediately complied with the FAA’s requirements for all U.S. based airlines to ground the Max 8 aircraft. As a result, Southwest removed 34 airplanes from scheduled services. Currently Southwest has a fleet of more than 750 Boeing 737s. Thankfully, they only have 34 Max 8 jets which account for 5 percent of their daily flights.
Unfortunately, several people have been impacted by the grounding and are left with no other means of travel. Especially passengers traveling to and from remote places. However, until either replacement aircraft can be moved into position or FAA-approved maintenance is complete, the flights will remain canceled.
Here at Fine Airport Parking, our thoughts go out to all those impacted by recent events. If you find yourself impacted while traveling through Tulsa, stop by our lobby for some snacks to help keep your energy and spirits up.