How will the Boeing grounding affect MSP Airport travelers?

How will the Boeing grounding affect MSP Airport travelers?

On Wednesday, the U.S. added itself to the list of countries and airlines temporarily grounding Boeing 737 MAX planes as investigations continue after a recent pair of Max 8 crashes killed all passengers and crew aboard.

Despite Boeing's assurances in the wake of the disaster, the European Union, Britain and India joined China and other countries grounding the plane or banning it from their airspace as they await the results of the crash investigation.

The Boeing 737 Max 8 jet has been a central concern of regulators across the world since Sunday's catastrophic Ethiopian Airlines crash, which killed 157 people.

Boeing, which maintained that its planes were safe to fly, said in a statement that it supported the FAA move.

On Wednesday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an emergency order grounding the 737 Max Series aircraft.

Trump said he made the decision following conversations with Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg and acting FAA administrator Dan Elwell after "new information" and "physical evidence" emerged on tragic incidents involving the Max 8 aircraft.

He said that satellite data showed possible similarities between flight patterns of Boeing 737 Max planes operating in Canada and the Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed.

"We are making adjustments to our schedule to minimize the disruption to customers as much as possible, by optimizing the deployment of the rest of our fleet and looking at alternative options, including accommodating customers on other airlines", an Air Canada spokesperson said.

"There's so many planes and if that starts to cause issues in the ability to get timely flights that could be an issue", said Hoppenstein.


Thailand's Civil Aviation Authority announced all operations of Max 8 and Max 9 planes would be temporarily suspended until midnight on March 20.

The safety notice will ground all Boeing Max 8s flown by Canadian airlines, including 24 jets belonging to Air Canada, 13 to WestJet Airlines Ltd. and four to Sunwing Airlines.

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he is to ground all Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9 aircraft. The carrier had been using five of the planes and awaiting delivery of 25 more.

In October, the unexplained crash of a Boeing 737 MAX 8 in Indonesia killed 189 people. "They didn't fly them into Jacksonville", Booth said.

Southwest is the only air carrier with 737 Max planes flying in and out of St. Louis Lambert International Airport, according to airport director Rhonda Hamm-Niebrugge. "We should not have these up in the air at all", Kimber Climie said.

The US delayed the decision, even while preliminary evidence pointed to unresolved safety issues with the Max jets, prompting criticism of US regulators.

An Australia-based frequent flyer, who asked not to be named, told Business Traveller Asia-Pacific that when he was taking a Garuda flight in Indonesia on Tuesday, "everyone was checking it wasn't a Max".

"If there is a suspicion. that there's not only something inherently wrong with 737 Max 8 aircraft, but there are no procedures in place to cure the problem, then yes, they should either ground the plane, or there are several levels of things they could do", Curtis said.

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