Southwest Airlines stands behind their MAX 8 Fleet

Dallas, Texas (Arundel News Network) – Southwest Airlines has annoucnced that they will not ground their 737 MAX 8 fleet as of yet. Over the weekend the second deadly airplane crash involving a Boeing 737 MAX 8 happened in Europe with Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 while departing Addis Ababa Bole International Airport in Ethiopia.

Many airlines have begun to ground their 737 Max 8 Fleets out of an abundance of caution. China led the charge due to their “zero tolerance for security risks.” They have 06 737 Max 8’s in service across multiple airlines. Other airlines followed suit including Caribbean airline Cayman Airways and Ethiopian Airlines and Indonesia’s Ministry of Transportation.

Here in the United States Southwest Airlines has not grounded any of their Max 8 Fleet. They have a firm order for 250 of the -8 variant but currently, only have 34 flying in the skies.

Southwest Airlines sent us an e-mailed statement which states:

Good morning – 

Our heart goes out to the families and loved ones of the passengers and Employees on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302.  As Southwest operates a fleet of 34 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, we have been in contact with Boeing and will continue to stay close to the investigation as it progresses.  We remain confident in the safety and airworthiness of our fleet of more than 750 Boeing aircraft.   

 We don’t have any changes planned to our operational policies or procedures. 

Many passengers have taken to social media to tell Southwest that they do not want to fly on any of their MAX 8 aircraft due to safety concerns. Concerns are spreading across the industry. While American Airlines does not have the MAX 8 variant they do have the MAX 9. Waivers are not available for their flights and have told their passengers via Twitter “Your safety is our first priority. We completely understand. We don’t fly 737 Max 8 but we fly 737 Max 9. There are 14 in our fleet. If you prefer not to fly on one we completely understand and will do what is best in our capabilities to find alternative travel arrangements. “

Southwest is the biggest airline at Baltimore Washington Thurgood Marshall Airport.

Southwest Picture provided by Darien, Jetphotos,

As of 3:44 p.m. Eastern Time other airlines have stated that they were at least temporarily grounding their 737 MAX-8 fleet, none of them are U.S. flown airlines. These airlines includes: Cayman AIrways, Chinese Civil Aviation Administration, Comair (South African British Airways franchisee), Ethiopian Airlines, Indonesia Civil Aviation Authority, Lion Air Fleet, Garuda Indonesia Fleet, MIAT Mongolian Airlines and Royal Air Maroc.

Boeing 737-MAX 8 airborne across North America
Boeing 737-MAX 8 airborne across North America

Boeing 737-MAX 8 airborne across Europe and Asia

Boeing 737-MAX 8 airborne across Europe and Asia
Airborne Boeing 737 MAX 8 Aircraft Maps Courtesy of Flightradar24.com
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