Your travel plans will likely not be affected unless you’re flying with a smaller airline.
Though Boeing had 4,000 orders for the 737 Max 8 plane it had only delivered 376 to airlines and leasing companies around the world by the end of February, The Washington Post reported. And truly, that is just a fraction of the number of airplanes currently flying the friendly skies.
For example, Southwest Airlines, one of the last airlines in the world to ground its 737s, had 34 MAX 8 jets. But, that still won’t really put a dent in Southwest’s schedule as it currently has more than 750 other planes in its fleet, The New York Times reported.
The only place you’re likely to run into trouble is with extremely small airlines in extremely small places. Neil Hansford, Chairman at Strategic Aviation Solutions Australia, additionally explained to Men’s Journal, “In small airlines like Fiji Air losing two aircraft will be monumental and access to hire in capacity is limited on these size plane.” Hansford noted you may see a small impact on American, United, and Southwest flights for the time being as well.
And Air Canada, another smaller regional operator said in a statement that it is expecting significant scheduling issues as its fleet is comprised mostly of 737 Max 8 planes.
“Given the magnitude of our 737 Max operations which on average carry nine to twelve thousand customers per day, customers can expect delays in rebooking and in reaching Air Canada call centers and we appreciate our customers’ patience,” the company said.
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