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Airlines and regulators ground 737 MAX in wake of Ethiopian Airlines crash

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All 737 MAX aircraft have been grounded since 13 March as regulators await Boeing’s software update to the 737 MAX flight control system. Airlines and regulators around the world grounded the aircraft piecemeal in the wake of crash of Ethiopian flight 302 before the FAA grounded the fleet.

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Airborne Boeing 737 MAX 8 (B38M)

1 April 20:00 UTC — FAA Statement

The US FAA issued a statement 1 April indicating it will be at least some ‘weeks’ before a software update for the Boeing 737 MAX is received and certified by the regulator.

The FAA expects to receive Boeing’s final package of its software enhancement over the coming weeks for FAA approval. Time is needed for additional work by Boeing as the result of an ongoing review of the 737 MAX Flight Control System to ensure that Boeing has identified and appropriately addressed all pertinent issues. Upon receipt, the FAA will subject Boeing’s completed submission to a rigorous safety review. The FAA will not approve the software for installation until the agency is satisfied with the submission.

US Federal Aviation Administration, 1 April 2019

13 March 19:09 UTC — FAA Statement

13 March 19:00 UTC — Boeing Statement

March 13, 2019 – Boeing continues to have full confidence in the safety of the 737 MAX.  However, after consultation with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), and aviation authorities and its customers around the world, Boeing has determined — out of an abundance of caution and in order to reassure the flying public of the aircraft’s safety — to recommend to the FAA the temporary suspension of operations of the entire global fleet of 371 737 MAX aircraft. 
“On behalf of the entire Boeing team, we extend our deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones of those who have lost their lives in these two tragic accidents,” said Dennis Muilenburg, president, CEO, Chairman of The Boeing Company.
“We are supporting this proactive step out of an abundance of caution. Safety is a core value at Boeing for as long as we have been building airplanes; and it always will be. There is no greater priority for our company and our industry. We are doing everything we can to understand the cause of the accidents in partnership with the investigators, deploy safety enhancements and help ensure this does not happen again.”
Boeing makes this recommendation and supports the decision by the FAA.

— Boeing Statment

All Boeing 737 MAX flights suspended in Europe

EASA has issued an Airworthiness Directive suspending all 737 MAX and 737 MAX 9 commercial flights in Europe.

Aerolineas Argentinas

Aerolineas Argentinas announced it will temporarily suspend operations of its five (5) 737 MAX 8 aircraft.

Aerolineas Argentinas MAX fleet


Aeromexico has stated it will temporarily ground its 737 MAX fleet. The airline operates a fleet of six (6) 737 MAX 8 aircraft.

Aeromexico’s MAX fleet


Australia has temporarily suspended 737 MAX operations to/from the country. No Australian carrier operates the MAX, but SilkAir (already grounded) and Fiji Airways operate there.


Belgium has closed its airspace to the 737 MAX 8.


Canada’s transport minister has grounded 737 MAX flights to/from/through Canadian airspace. This affects Air Canada, WestJet, and Sunwing.

Cayman Airways

Cayman Airways has grounded their fleet of two 737 MAX 8, VP-CIW and VP-CIX. The airline took delivery of its second MAX 8 (-CIX) just last Thursday and has not yet sent it into commercial service.

Chinese Civil Aviation Administration

The Chinese Civil Aviation Administration has ground all 737-8 (737 MAX 8) aircraft belonging to domestic operators until further notice. The below table includes all B-registered 737 MAX 8 aircraft in our database (and may include aircraft registered, but not yet delivered to the customer).

RegistrationAircraft TypeMSNAirline
B-206JBoeing 737 MAX 8613719 Air
B-206LBoeing 737 MAX 8613749 Air
B-208HBoeing 737 MAX 8613779 Air
B-1178Boeing 737 MAX 860906Air China
B-1179Boeing 737 MAX 860903Air China
B-1180Boeing 737 MAX 860905Air China
B-1220Boeing 737 MAX 860899Air China
B-1221Boeing 737 MAX 860894Air China
B-1223Boeing 737 MAX 860889Air China
B-1225Boeing 737 MAX 860886Air China
B-1392Boeing 737 MAX 860877Air China
B-1393Boeing 737 MAX 860902Air China
B-1395Boeing 737 MAX 860904Air China
B-1396Boeing 737 MAX 860953Air China
B-1397Boeing 737 MAX 860872Air China
B-1398Boeing 737 MAX 860883Air China
B-1399Boeing 737 MAX 860880Air China
B-209KBoeing 737 MAX 860907Air China
B-1380Boeing 737 MAX 861625China Eastern Airlines
B-1383Boeing 737 MAX 861623China Eastern Airlines
B-1385Boeing 737 MAX 861626China Eastern Airlines
B-1121Boeing 737 MAX 843950China Southern Airlines
B-1122Boeing 737 MAX 843951China Southern Airlines
B-1126Boeing 737 MAX 863267China Southern Airlines
B-1127Boeing 737 MAX 863268China Southern Airlines
B-1165Boeing 737 MAX 862873China Southern Airlines
B-1166Boeing 737 MAX 862876China Southern Airlines
B-1170Boeing 737 MAX 862879China Southern Airlines
B-1175Boeing 737 MAX 863272China Southern Airlines
B-1176Boeing 737 MAX 863271China Southern Airlines
B-1200Boeing 737 MAX 863252China Southern Airlines
B-1201Boeing 737 MAX 863249China Southern Airlines
B-1202Boeing 737 MAX 863251China Southern Airlines
B-1203Boeing 737 MAX 863254China Southern Airlines
B-1205Boeing 737 MAX 863253China Southern Airlines
B-1206Boeing 737 MAX 863245China Southern Airlines
B-1207Boeing 737 MAX 863248China Southern Airlines
B-1238Boeing 737 MAX 863258China Southern Airlines
B-1295Boeing 737 MAX 863264China Southern Airlines
B-205JBoeing 737 MAX 843954China Southern Airlines
B-205KBoeing 737 MAX 862880China Southern Airlines
B-205LBoeing 737 MAX 862882China Southern Airlines
B-205MBoeing 737 MAX 863273China Southern Airlines
B-205NBoeing 737 MAX 863274China Southern Airlines
B-205PBoeing 737 MAX 863275China Southern Airlines
B-208FBoeing 737 MAX 863277China Southern Airlines
B-209ABoeing 737 MAX 863284China Southern Airlines
B-207CBoeing 737 MAX 843567Fuzhou Airlines
B-207MBoeing 737 MAX 843620Fuzhou Airlines
B-1100Boeing 737 MAX 862179Hainan Airlines
B-1142Boeing 737 MAX 843559Hainan Airlines
B-1387Boeing 737 MAX 862196Hainan Airlines
B-1388Boeing 737 MAX 862199Hainan Airlines
B-1389Boeing 737 MAX 862192Hainan Airlines
B-1390Boeing 737 MAX 862183Hainan Airlines
B-206QBoeing 737 MAX 862180Hainan Airlines
B-207HBoeing 737 MAX 860706Hainan Airlines
B-207KBoeing 737 MAX 843561Hainan Airlines
B-207SBoeing 737 MAX 860707Hainan Airlines
B-207TBoeing 737 MAX 862181Hainan Airlines
B-206YBoeing 737 MAX 843952Kunming Airlines
B-206ZBoeing 737 MAX 843953Kunming Airlines
B-1143Boeing 737 MAX 861852Lucky Air
B-206NBoeing 737 MAX 843560Lucky Air
B-207PBoeing 737 MAX 843617Lucky Air
B-1157Boeing 737 MAX 860705OKAir
B-1485Boeing 737 MAX 860704OKAir
B-1120Boeing 737 MAX 861443Shandong Airlines
B-1271Boeing 737 MAX 861441Shandong Airlines
B-1275Boeing 737 MAX 861440Shandong Airlines
B-205CBoeing 737 MAX 861444Shandong Airlines
B-207FBoeing 737 MAX 861445Shandong Airlines
B-208GBoeing 737 MAX 861446Shandong Airlines
B-208NBoeing 737 MAX 861447Shandong Airlines
B-1149Boeing 737 MAX 861633Shanghai Airlines
B-1150Boeing 737 MAX 861632Shanghai Airlines
B-1152Boeing 737 MAX 861631Shanghai Airlines
B-1259Boeing 737 MAX 861627Shanghai Airlines
B-1260Boeing 737 MAX 861628Shanghai Airlines
B-1261Boeing 737 MAX 861629Shanghai Airlines
B-1263Boeing 737 MAX 861630Shanghai Airlines
B-1379Boeing 737 MAX 861622Shanghai Airlines
B-1381Boeing 737 MAX 861624Shanghai Airlines
B-1382Boeing 737 MAX 861621Shanghai Airlines
B-208MBoeing 737 MAX 861634Shanghai Airlines
B-208WBoeing 737 MAX 861636Shanghai Airlines
B-1146Boeing 737 MAX 861135Shenzhen Airlines
B-1160Boeing 737 MAX 861136Shenzhen Airlines
B-206MBoeing 737 MAX 861138Shenzhen Airlines
B-207DBoeing 737 MAX 861141Shenzhen Airlines
B-207EBoeing 737 MAX 861140Shenzhen Airlines
B-208JBoeing 737 MAX 861142Shenzhen Airlines
B-1116Boeing 737 MAX 842959Xiamen Air
B-1117Boeing 737 MAX 843829Xiamen Air
B-1118Boeing 737 MAX 843830Xiamen Air
B-1136Boeing 737 MAX 843831Xiamen Air
B-1137Boeing 737 MAX 843857Xiamen Air
B-1139Boeing 737 MAX 843858Xiamen Air
B-1288Boeing 737 MAX 842956Xiamen Air
B-1289Boeing 737 MAX 842957Xiamen Air
B-1290Boeing 737 MAX 842958Xiamen Air
B-208LBoeing 737 MAX 842960Xiamen Air


South African British Airways franchisee Comair has grounded its fleet of one 737 MAX 8 (ZS-ZCA). Its second MAX 8 is currently undergoing test flights prior to delivery in Seattle.

Copa Airlines

Copa Airlines is grounding its fleet of 5 active 737 MAX 9 aircraft. Its sixth MAX was recently delivered and is not yet in service.

Copa MAX fleet

Ethiopian Airlines

Ethiopian Airlines has grounded its four remaining 737 MAX 8 aircraft. ET-AVI, ET-AVK, ET-AVL, and ET-AVM remain in Addis Ababa at this time.


According to Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer, Germany has banned the 737 MAX 8 from its airspace.

GOL Linhas Aéreas

GOL Linhas Aéreas of Brazil has grounded their 737 MAX fleet of seven aircraft as of 20:00 local time 11 March. In its announcement GOL stated that its MAX fleet has conducted 2,933 flights totaling more than 12,700 hours without incident.


Icelandair has grounded its fleet of 3 active 737 MAX 8 aircraft. The airline took delivery of its fourth MAX 8 on 04 March, but has not yet put that aircraft into service and a fifth is scheduled for delivery soon.

Icelandair MAX fleet

India civil aviation authority

The India civil aviation authority has banned 737 MAX flights in India. Indian carrier SpiceJet is most affected with a fleet of 14 737 MAX 8 aircraft.

SpiceJet MAX flights

Indonesia civil aviation authority

Indonesia’s civil aviation authority has ordered Indonesian operated 737 MAX grounded until further notice. The Indonesian order affects 10 Lion Air aircraft and one Garuda Indonesia aircraft.

Indonesian operated 737 MAX aircraft


The IAA has issued instructions to stop any commercial passenger flights on Boeing 737 MAX from any operator arriving, departing or overflying Irish airspace.


Italy has closed its airspace to 737 MAX 8 aircraft. This affects all commercial flights in, out and through Italy. Air Italy operates an active fleet of 3 737 MAX 8 aircraft.

Air Italy MAX


Kuwait has suspended 737 MAX operations to and from Kuwait.


Malaysia has banned 737 MAX flights in its airspace. No Malaysian carrier operates the MAX.

MIAT Mongolian Airlines

MIAT Mongolian Airlines has grounded their sole 737 MAX 8, registered EI-MNG.


Netherlands has closed its airspace to the 737 MAX 8.

New Zealand

New Zealand has temporarily banned the 737 MAX from its airspace, affecting Fiji Airway’s flights.


Norway has now banned 737 MAX 8 aircraft from its airspace.


Norwegian, citing the advice of European regulators, has grounded its fleet of 18 737 MAX 8 aircraft.

Norwegian MAX fleet


The Oman Authority for Civil Aviation announced it is temporarily suspending operations of 737 MAX in and out of Oman. This affects Oman Air’s fleet of five (5) 737 MAX 8.

Oman Air MAX fleet


Polish authorities have banned 737 MAX operations. LOT operates a fleet of five (5) 737 MAX 8 aircraft. Other airlines operate the MAX 8 in/out of Poland as well.

LOT MAX fleet

Royal Air Maroc

Reuters, citing a Royal Air Maroc official speaking on the condition of anonymity, says that the airline has temporarily grounded its 737 MAX aircraft. The airline has taken delivery of two MAX 8s, CN-MAX and CN-MAY, but has only put -MAX into service thus far.

S7 Airlines

S7 Airlines (operated by Globus) has temporarily suspended their 737 MAX flights.

SCAT Airlines

In a decision ‘made jointly by the airline and the Civil Aviation Committee’, SCAT has grounded its sole 737 MAX 8 aircraft, effective 13 March.

Singapore civil aviation authority

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) has temporarily suspended operation of the Boeing 737 MAX through Singapore, effective 1400 local time (0600 UTC) 12 March.

Singapore carrier Silk Air operates six (6) 737 MAX 8 aircraft. Other airlines that also operate 737 MAX aircraft in/out of Singapore will be affected as well, including China Southern Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Shandong Airlines and Thai Lion Air. At the moment, Thai Lion Air is the only one of those airlines still operating the 737 MAX.

Silk Air MAX fleet

South Korea

South Korea has temporarily halted 737 MAX operations. This affects Eastar Jet’s fleet of two (2) 737 MAX 8.

Eastar Jet Max fleet

Sunwing Airlines

Canadian holiday carrier Sunwing is suspending its 737 MAX fleet of four aircraft, the newest of which was delivered on 11 March 2019. The carrier cited ‘evolving commercial reasons unrelated to safety, including airspace restrictions being imposed by some of our partner destinations’ as the reason for its suspension of MAX operations.

Sunwing MAX fleet


Thailand has suspended 737 MAX operations for 7 days from Thursday, 14 March. This affects Thai Lion Air’s fleet of 3 737 MAX 9 aircraft.

Thai Lion Air MAX fleet


The leisure carrier TUI has stated it will ground its MAX fleet of 16 active aircraft.

TUI MAX fleet

Turkish Airlines

Turkish Airlines 737 MAX flights are returning to Istanbul. Turkish operates an active fleet of 11 737 MAX 8 and one MAX 9.

Turkish Airlines MAX fleet

United Arab Emirates

The UAE has grounded 737 MAX aircraft. Most affected is flydubai with a fleet of 12 737 MAX 8 and 3 737 MAX 9 aircraft.

flydubai MAX fleet

United Kingdom

The United Kingdom has announced it will halt 737 MAX operations to, from, and through UK airspace until further notice. This affects multiple airlines, including Air Canada, Norwegian, TUI, Turkish Airlines, and Icelandair.

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