The worldwide Boeing 737 MAX grounding occurred on 13 March 2019 following the crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302. The crash of ET302 was the second crash of a 737 MAX following Lion Air 610 the previous October. Both crashes implicated the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), a flight control system unique to the 737 MAX. Initially expected to last weeks, the grounding is now projected to stretch more than a year as Boeing works on a revision of MCAS and associated changes to the MAX. Boeing suspended 737 MAX production in January 2020 and on 21 January announced it expects return to service to ‘begin during mid-2020’.
There have been 387 airframes delivered to airlines and operators since 2014. Approximately 400 more have been built and are currently in storage. This is from a total of 4,912 total orders to date.
Approximately 790 aircraft are currently grounded, some have been delivered to operators, some are being held back by Boeing, post production.
There are currently 80 operators worldwide of the 737 MAX.
The largest operator so far of the 737 MAX is Southwest Airlines who have taken delivery of 34 aircraft, with a further 310 on order. Lion Air currently have the most on order with 428.
The grounded 737 MAX aircraft are located in nearly 100 different locations. The largest storage site is currently Boeing’s facility at Moses Lake. Find out exact locations of the grounded 737 MAX’s here.