Washington, District of Columbia (Arundel News Network) – Breaking News out of Washington D.C, as President Trump has signed an executive order that bans the flights of the MAX aircraft after the FAA failed to issue such an order themselves.
President Trump stated “Those planes are grounded effective immediately. The safety of the American people, of all people, is our paramount concern.”
The MAX fleet began flying two years ago and has 74 domestic planes and almost 400 around the globe. Only two U.S. based airlines use the aircraft as we have previously reported, Southwest Airlines and American Airlines. We are reaching out to them for comment.
The Untied States Federal Aviation Administration was holding out on grounding the planes as they stood by the safety of the aircraft.
American Airlines has 7.3% of the Boeing 737 Fleet affected by the ban but only 2.5% of the entire fleet is affected. Southwest’s only flies Boeing 737 aircraft. About 4.5% of their entire fleet is affected. United
We received the following e-mailed statement from American Airlines
“Earlier today the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) informed us that based on new information, they are grounding the United States Boeing 737 MAX fleet out of an abundance of caution. American Airlines has 24 aircraft affected by this directive. We appreciate the FAA’s partnership, and will continue to work closely with them, the Department of Transportation, National Transportation Safety Board and other regulatory authorities, as well as our aircraft and engine manufacturers. Our teams will make every effort to rebook customers as quickly as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience.”American Airlines on response concerning grounding the 737 MAX aircraft
Southwest Airlines had the following statement on their website concerning the “possible” grounding of their aircraft.
Southwest is aware of media reports stating that the Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet will be grounded in the United States. We are currently seeking confirmation and additional guidance from the FAA and will respond accordingly in the interest of aviation safety. Once we learn more, media updates from Southwest will be posted on SWAMedia.com.Southwest Airlines statement concerning the MAX aircraft being grounded
Southwest Airlines got back to us via e-mail this afternoon. They stated they have immediately complied with today’s FAA requirement for all U.S. AIrlines to ground the Boeing 737 MAX 8.
Southwest Airlines is immediately complying with today’s FAA requirement for all U.S. airlines to ground the Boeing 737 MAX 8. As a result, we have removed our 34 MAX 8 aircraft from scheduled service. Southwest operates a fleet of more than 750 Boeing 737s, and the 34 MAX 8 aircraft account for less than five percent of our daily flights.
We have been in constant contact with the FAA and Boeing since Ethiopian Airlines’ accident last Sunday. While we remain confident in the MAX 8 after completing more than 88,000 flight hours accrued over 41,000 flights, we support the actions of the FAA and other regulatory agencies and governments across the globe that have asked for further review of the data – including information from the flight data recorder – related to the recent accident involving the MAX 8. The Safety of our Customers and Employees is our uncompromising priority, and today’s action reflects the commitment to supporting the current investigations and regulatory concerns.
Our goal is to operate our schedule with every available aircraft in our fleet to meet our Customers’ expectations during the busy spring travel season. Additionally, to support our Customers, Southwest is offering flexible rebooking policies. Any Customer booked on a cancelled MAX 8 flight can rebook on alternate flights without any additional fees or fare differences within 14 days of their original date of travel between the original city pairs. A Travel Advisory with additional information for Customers will be posted on Southwest.com.
“During our 48-year history, Southwest has continuously demonstrated our commitment to Safety,” said Gary Kelly, Southwest’s Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. “We sincerely appreciate the trust our Customers and Employees place in our airline every day, and the Southwest Team is working diligently to minimize disruptions to our Customers’ travel plans.”