Tragedy took place over the weekend as the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines flight shocked the entire world. There were no survivors of the horrible plane accident, which happened to be on a Boeing 737 MAX 8.
Since this is the second time in less than five months that this plane model has been in the news due to an accident, the public and government agencies, alike, are growing concerned.
So, how can you tell in advance if your flight will be on this plane model? For your safety, you should be allowed to cancel or switch your flight to a different plane, right? Well, luckily, there is a way for Canadians to know in advance if their airline is using these plane models.
TL;DR With airlines such as Air Canada, WestJet, and Sunwing keeping the Boeing 737 MAX 8s in rotation, you might want to be aware if this is the aircraft model your next flight will be on. Luckily, websites such as SeatGuru.com can help. More details below.
In case you didn't already know, at least three Canadian airlines are keeping the Boeing 737 MAX 8s in rotation, while airlines in China and Mexico have grounded the model.
If you're flying with Air Canada, WestJet, or Sunwing, you could find yourself boarding a 737 MAX 8.
So, how do you know if your next flight will be on a Boeing 737 MAX 8?
You most likely purchased your plane ticket online in advance of your flight. By doing this, you'll be able to see that the carrier usually indicates what aircraft will be used. If you happen to be dealing with a travel agent, you can also be provided with information on the aircraft model directly.
For those of us who might not have had this much notice, or may have already purchase a ticket months ago, sites like SeatGuru.com can identify the aircraft used for a particular flight.
All you have to do on the website is enter the name of the airline, flight number, and your date of travel to not only find the type of aircraft that will be used, but also a detailed plan of the cabin.
It should be noted that airlines sometimes wait until the last minute to change the aircraft model used, so unfortunately there is no 100% foolproof way to ensure your flight with one of the three Canadian airlines won't use a Boeing 737 MAX 8.
Stay tuned for more information.