Boeing grounded: What it means for air travel

LONDON, United Kingdom - The grounding of Boeing's 737 Max fleet is expected to cause little air travel disruption - at least for now. The plane-maker grounded its global fleet of the aircraft as a safety precaution after new evidence emerged about a fatal crash involving the jet. The 737 Max is flown by airlines around the world for short trips. Analysts say the initial impact of the grounded jets will be contained, but may escalate if the fleet is not permitted to fly for a longer period, writes Ana Nicolaci da Costa for the BBC.

Boeing grounded: What it means for air travel
Boeing grounded: What it means for air travel
LONDON, United Kingdom - The grounding of Boeing's 737 Max fleet is expected to cause little air travel disruption - at least for now. The plane-maker grounded its global fleet of the aircraft as a safety precaution after new evidence emerged about a fatal crash involving the jet. The 737 Max is flown by airlines around the world for short trips. Analysts say the initial impact of the grounded jets will be contained, but may escalate if the fleet is not permitted to fly for a longer period, writes Ana Nicolaci da Costa for the BBC.

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The Intelligent Aerospace take:

March 14, 2019-Yesterday, the United States joined the rest of the world in grounding the Boeing 737 MAX family of passenger jets following the second deadly accident involving the aircraft on Sunday in EthiopiaWhile the MAX has been popular among air carriers with more than 4,500 ordered since its launch, fewer than 400 are in use currently. According to the flight consultant company OAG, around 1% of global flights were planned on that aircraft this week. Flight Global's Ellis Taylor said the scheduled 737 Max flights in the US will mostly run using other jets, but there may be "some inconvenience over the next couple of days as the airlines implement their contingency plans".

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
Intelligent Aerospace

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