Airlines Worldwide Are Planning To Redeploy Their Boeing 737 Max 8 Airplanes
The FAA says necessary changes to the planes will be made by April 2019.
Just over one week ago, an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 plane crashed, killing all 157 people on board. In response, airlines around the world announced they would be grounding their Boeing 737 Max 8 planes until further notice. Amongst these were Canadian airlines Air Canada, WestJet and Sunwing.
As of now, most airlines have worked around the loss of their planes with most flights rescheduled or adjusted. So it comes as a bit of a surprise that some airlines have already begun planning for the redeployment of these planes, even as early as this summer.
According to CTV News, Air Canada has announced that the Boeing Max 8 planes could be back in use ass early as July 1, 2019.
TL;DR Airlines across the world have grounded their Boeing 737 Max 8 planes after the fatal crash last week. Since then, some airlines have announced that the planes will be grounded until at least July 1, meaning there is the possibility of redeployment by this summer. The FAA has also said that necessary changes on the planes will be made by April 2019. Details below.
Right now, Canadian airlines have substituted different aircrafts into their fleets to make up for the loss of the planes. Leasing planes from other airlines is common, as well as chartering flights or temporarily suspending certain routes.
With airlines across the world grounding the planes, there's obviously a noticeable shortage of flights and an increase in delays due to rerouting. US lawmakers and the Federal Aviation Administration announced last week that Boeing Max 8 and 9 planes will remain grounded within US airports for "weeks" at a minimum, with no redeployment confirmed yet.
The FAA also announced that design changes are planned to be required on all of the planes by April 2019, meaning we could see the Boeing planes back in the sky much earlier than anticipated.
WestJet and Air Canada have both said that since the grounding of the planes they have reconsidered their financial estimates for 2019. As of now, Air Canada is updating its May schedule to optimize its fleet.
There's no word on if flight schedules after that will offer new accommodations for passengers originally flying on a Boeing 737 Max 8, so there is a possibility that the airlines expect the planes to be back in service until then.
Currently, there is no confirmation that the planes will be ready to go within the next few months, although it looks like regardless of the outcome passengers won't be experiencing any major changes.
Stay tuned for any updates or information on the redeployment of the Boeing Max 8 planes.