UPDATE: Comair the latest airline to ground Boeing 737 Max 8

posted on 11th March 2019 by Justin Burns
UPDATE: Comair the latest airline to ground Boeing 737 Max 8

The South African-based airline Comair said this afternoon it is grounding the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft it operates from flying after the Ethiopian Airlines crash yesterday (Sunday) which crashed minutes after taking off killing 157 on board.

Comair has one 737 Max 8 in its  fleet but a further seven on oder. It is a British Airways franchisee and an affiliate member of the Oneworld airline alliane.

The Indonesian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) also said today that 737 Max 8s operated by Indonesian airlines would be grounded while additional inspections were carried out.

Two Indonesian carriers operate Max 8s. Lion Air has 10 in its fleet and one in its fleet of the variant crashed in October killing 189 on board while Garuda Indonesia operates one. Both carriers have more on order.

Ethiopian Airlines this morning also grounded all four it operates after the tragic crash yesterday morning from Addis Ababa. It has a further 25 on order.

China’s aviation regular – the Civil Aviation Administration of China – has also ordered domestic airlines using the aircraft to stop flying the 737 Max 8. Cayman Airlines has also suspended operations of the two it operates.

There are approximately 350 Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft in operation globally, being flown by 54 operators. A full of operators can be found here – while Boeing has booked more than 5,100 orders for 737 MAX-family aircraft and the first MAX 8 entered service in May 2017.

The UK Civil Aviation Authority said today there are five Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft registered and operational in the UK and a sixth aircraft is due to enter operation this week. Ryanair is set to start flying the aircraft from London Stansted this summer. It has 135 on order which will replace its 737-800s.

The biggest operators of the Boeing 737 Max 8 are:

Southwest Airlines 34

American Airlines 24

Air Canada 24

Norwegian 18

TUI Aviation 15

WestJet 13

Flydubai 11

Lion Air 10

SilkAir six

Icelandair three

Fiji Airways two