Air International 2021-03
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T.Batchelor - From golden goose to black swan
Pictured in January 2021, this Air Canada Boeing 737 MAX 8, C-FSNU (c/n 61220), has chalked up more days on the ground than in the air since its June 2018 delivery
The Boeing 737 MAX was grounded globally by the FAA from March 13, 2019 until November 18, 2020
The first example, 9M-LRC (c/n 42985) was delivered to Lion Air Group subsidiary, Malindo Air on May 16, 2017
The 737 MAX family includes the MAX 7, 8, 9 and 10 models, alongside the MAX 200
European low-cost carrier Ryanair has ordered the high-density MAX 200 variant which has capacity for up to 200 passengers
Brazil's GOL Linhas Aereas became the first carrier globally to resume passenger services with the type
Boeing 737 MAX 7 N7201S is the first of two examples of the smallest-capacity 737 MAX variant, which will be used for flight testing before service entry.
At its peak, Boeing had received commitments for more than 5,000 737 MAXs. This total now stands at around 4,000
Southwest Airlines is the world’s largest operator of the 737 MAX with a fleet comprising 47 examples
The MAX concept began in 2006 when the US giant started studying 737 NG replacements
An Airworthiness Directive on the Boeing 737 MAX calls for several design changes to the aircraft.
Under ever-increasing pressure, Boeing halted production of the jet in January 2020 for five months
The MAX 7 is the smallest variant of the family and has capacity for 172 passengers in a single-class configuration