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Airlines to avoid if you don’t want to ride a Boeing 737 Max-8

Airlines to avoid if you don’t want to ride a Boeing 737 Max-8

With the new Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft having two crashes under its belt in the past five months, the airline industry is on tenterhooks awaiting developments. The October 2018 crash in Indonesia killed 189 people shortly after takeoff while the latest tragedy from Ethiopia has seen all 159 passengers dead. The Ethiopian plane crashed just a few minutes after takeoff and was being used since October 2018, the same time the Indonesian airline started use of its plane.

If you’re concerned as to what specific airplane you’re riding when you’re booking a flight, it’s best to know which airlines ordered such a craft. But with new reports coming out, it’s best to contact your carrier to know if they will use using that specific aircraft for your flight. You can also see the aircraft to be used when you book tickets online.

Here’s a list of airlines which have ordered the Boeing Max 8 orders and deliveries via wikipedia: 

Company Total Orders Total Deliveries
Southwest Airlines 280 31
Norwegian Air Shuttle 110 18
Lion Air 201 14
Air Lease Corporation 168 14
Virgin Australia 40
United Airlines 136 12
Avolon 95 2
GECAS 176 22
Gol Transportes Aéreos 135 6
Alaska Airlines 32
ALAFCO 40
Aeroméxico 60 5
SilkAir 37 5
Aviation Capital Group 103 5
American Airlines 100 22
Icelandair 5 3
Jet Airways 125 6
Turkish Airlines 75 7
ICBC Leasing 5 5
Copa Airlines 61 5
CIT Leasing Corporation 37
Royal Air Maroc 4 2
TUI Group 72 11
WestJet 55 12
SpiceJet 136 7
Comair 8
Ruili Airlines 36
XiamenAir 9 9
Flydubai 251 14
Timaero Ireland 22 2
SunExpress 32
China Development Bank 78 1
Business Jet / VIP Customer(s) 21 2
Air Canada 61 20
Shandong Airlines 6 6
9 Air 30 1
Nok Air 6
Okay Airways 9
China Eastern Airlines 13 13
Hainan Airlines 7 7
BOC Aviation 87 5
Ethiopian Airlines 30 5
Garuda Indonesia 50 1
Enter Air 6 2
SMBC Aviation Capital 91 2
Ryanair 135
Air Niugini 4
Jetlines 5
Air China 14 14
Shenzhen Airlines 5 5
AerCap 100 5
Oman Air 20
Korean Air 30
China Southern Airlines 50 16
Air Europa 20
Blue Air 6
Arik Air 8
Malaysia Airlines 25
Donghai Airlines 25
Aerolíneas Argentinas 11 9
Mauritania Airlines International 1 1
Qatar Airways 5 5
Fiji Airways 5 2
CALC China 50
Japan Investment Advisor 10
SkyUp Airlines 7
SCAT Airlines 8 1
UTair Aviation 28
Boeing Capital Corporation 75
TAROM 5
Goshawk Aviation 20
Jackson Square Aviation 30
Air Peace 10
Smartwings 8 1
CDB Financial Leasing (Ireland) 1 1
Turkmenistan Airlines 3
Jeju Air 40
Caribbean Airlines  12
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In Asia’s context, the ones which are more commonly booked in Southeast Asia include Fiji Airways, Qatar Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Vietjet Air , China Southern Airlines, Korean Air, Shenzhen Airlines, Air China, Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air, Nok Air, China Eastern, Hainan Airlines, Silkair, United Airlines, Southwest Airlines and Jet Airways.

For Singaporeans, you may be glad that Singapore Airlines, Scoot and Airasia, three of the more commonly flown airlines here are not in the list of airlines which have ordered the Boeing 737 Max.

What’s wrong with the Boeing 737 MAX 8?

According to the BBC, the particular model figuring in the crashes has a slightly different balance than previous model. The table shows above that Ethiopia Airlines ordered the units in September 2014 and had received five units of the plane.

The same report said that Jakarta-based aviation analyst Gerry Soejatman told the BBC the 737 Max’s “engine is a bit further forward and a bit higher in relation to the wing, compared to the previous version of the plane. That affects the balance of the plane”.

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This could lead to errors during flight. Investigations are still ongoing as to the reason for the crash.

The Boeing 737 Max has been the best-selling aircraft in Boeing’s history, with more than 5000 units ordered by several hundred different operators globally.

Errata: Vietjet does not use the Boeing 737 MAX

Header image from Shutterstock, Boeing 737 Max 

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