Boeing 737 MAX flights: how many and where?

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The Boeing 737 MAX has been slowly re-entering the skies. According to the research, the United States airlines are the main MAX operators.

A research conducted by Morgan Stanley, United States Investment banking company, and published on February 22, 2021, shows the 737 MAX tracking data including total aircraft in service, flights, airlines, and locations of use. 

On December 9, 2020, a Brazilian airline GOL Linhas Aéreasbecame became the first air carrier to restart 737 MAX flights. Since then it has conducted the most flights using the type of all airlines, 1,648 in total. Aeromexico has conducted 1,290 flights, while United Airlines has conducted 378 flights. 

In total, approximately 11,860 hours have been flown on Boeing 737 MAX up until February 21, 2021.

American Airlines (A1G) (AAL) conducted its first commercial flight on December 29, 2020, operating a round-trip from Miami International Airport (MIA) to New York LaGuardia Airport (LGA). According to the research, as of February 21, 2021, the airline has conducted 1,435 flights.

So far, most of the flights on the Boeing 737 MAX, around 92%, have been operated on domestic schedules.1,900 of them are domestic routes and 219 international flights to such destinations as Panama, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, and Costa Rica. Brazil, with 1,647 domestic flights operated on MAX, takes second place.

The most recent developments of the 737 MAX recertification process were made by  Kenya’s Civil Aviation Authority and Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). Both authorities announced the lifting of the ban on Boeing 737 MAX aircraft on February 21, 2021.

On November 18, 2020, the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) of the United States became the first authority in the world to recertify the Boeing 737 MAX following two deadly crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), Transport Canada (TC), Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC), Britain’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) have also recertified the Boeing 737 MAX, allowing it to resume commercial service again.

As the Boeing 737 MAX is slowly returning to the skies, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is using satellites to monitor its every flight worldwide. The FAA is checking the performance of each 737 MAX flight using a technology that sends data from an airplane via satellites. It is the first time the agency is using such technology to keep an eye on a single-model aircraft to detect any issues early on.


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