Boeing 737 Max 8 Jets Are Grounded Everywhere

Paths of every Max 8 flight in one week

The United States was
the last major country
to ground the Max 8.

Reykjavik

Oslo

Helsinki

Warsaw

London

Vancouver

Montreal

Milan

Istanbul

Boston

Beijing

Seoul

New York

U.S.

San Francisco

CHINA

Los Angeles

New Dehli

China was the
first to ground
Max 8 flights.

Dubai

Miami

Shenzhen

Mexico City

Hawaii

Addis Ababa

Site of

Sunday’s crash

Bogotá

Singapore

Nairobi

Jakarta

Fiji and

Samoa

Bali

Lima

Brasilia

Johannesburg

Brisbane

Sydney

Buenos Aires

Note: Estimate of flight activity based on historical flight patterns from from Feb. 25 to March 3. | Source: Flightradar24 and aviation authorities.

All Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft are believed to have been pulled from use worldwide after the model crashed twice in just five months, raising questions about its safety. The United States was the latest country to ground the planes, following Canadian aviation authorities earlier on Wednesday.

Concerns about the model first surfaced after a Lion Air flight crashed near Indonesia in October, killing all 189 people aboard. On Sunday, a second plane crashed outside Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, killing 157 people. It is unclear why the second plane crashed or whether the causes of the crashes are related.

See our latest coverage of the Ethiopian Airlines crash.

The European Union, China, Indonesia and more than a half dozen countries had already barred the planes from their airspace as the investigation into the Ethiopia crash continued. All 47 airlines that have the Max 8 in their fleets are believed to have stopped flying it.

Countries that have grounded Max 8 planes

AustraliaCanadaChinaIndonesiaIndiaOmanTurkeyUnited StatesE.U.

Not all countries are labeled.

Status of Max 8 flights by airline as of March 13

AIRLINE

STATUS

NUMBER OF 737 MAX 8S IN FLEET

Southwest Airlines

Grounded

34

American Airlines

Grounded

24

Air Canada

Grounded

24

China Southern Airlines

Grounded

22

Norwegian Air

Grounded

18

TUI Fly

Grounded

15

Air China

Grounded

15

SpiceJet

Grounded

13

WestJet

Grounded

13

Turkish Airlines

Grounded

11

FlyDubai

Grounded

11

Shanghai Airlines

Grounded

11

Hainan Airlines

Grounded

11

Xiamen Airlines

Grounded

10

Lion Air

Grounded

10

Smartwings

Grounded

7

GOL Airlines

Grounded

7

Shandong Airlines

Grounded

7

SilkAir

Grounded

6

Aeromexico

Grounded

6

Shenzhen Airlines

Grounded

6

Jet Airways

Previously grounded

5

LOT

Grounded

5

Oman Air

Grounded

5

Aerolineas Argentinas

Grounded

5

Sunwing Airlines

Grounded

4

China Eastern Airlines

Grounded

4

Ethiopian Airlines

Grounded

4

Icelandair

Grounded

3

Air Italy

Grounded

3

Lucky Air

Grounded

3

Enter Air

Grounded

2

Fiji Airways

Grounded

2

S7 Airlines

Grounded

2

Cayman Airways

Grounded

2

Fuzhou Airlines

Grounded

2

Kunming Airlines

Grounded

2

Okay Airways

Grounded

2

Eastar Jet

Grounded

2

Mauritania Airlines

Unknown

1

Corendon Airlines

Grounded

1

SCAT Airlines

Grounded

1

9 Air

Grounded

1

Royal Air Maroc

Grounded

1

Comair

Grounded

1

MIAT Mongolian Airlines

Grounded

1

Garuda Indonesia

Grounded

1

Note: Jet Airways has not flown Max 8 jets since the beginning of March due to financial distress. SCAT Airlines has suspended all Boeing 737 Max 8 operations to comply with regulations from Kazakhstan and the UAE’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority. Flight records show no recent flights on Max 8 jets on Mauritania Airlines.

The Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing originally stood by the plane’s safety, and Southwest and American Airlines continued to fly it in the United States after other airlines had grounded their fleets. The F.A.A. said on Wednesday that an analysis of new evidence collected at the site of the Ethiopian Airlines crash affected its decision.

The 737 class is a workhorse for airlines worldwide, and the single-aisle 737 Max has been Boeing’s best-selling plane ever. More than 340 of the Max 8 planes are registered, and many more are on order.

An estimated 8,600 flights use the plane in a typical week of travel, according to an analysis based on data from Flightradar24, a flight tracking service. But the model accounts for a small fraction of planes in the air at any given time, according to Ian Petchenik, a spokesman for Flightradar24.

The most popular routes are in North America and China.

Where Max 8 planes fly most often

CANADA

Calgary

Vancouver

Montreal

Boston

San

Francisco

UNITED

STATES

New York City (LGA)

Los

Angeles

Miami

Monterrey

Mexico

City

Santo

Domingo

Barbados

Trinidad and Tobago

Air Canada

Bogotá

American Airlines

Quito

Aeromexico

Lima

Urumqi

Beijing

Tianjin

CHINA

Nanjing

Shanghai

Nanning

Shenzhen

Air China

Shanghai Airlines

Shenzhen Airlines

Note: Only routes with 40 or more flights per week on a given airline are shown.

Investigators recovered both the flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder for the Ethiopian Airlines crash on Monday. Some circumstances of the crash, such as unusual altitude changes after takeoff, were similar to those in the Lion Air flight, but the cause is not known.

Five months later, the causes of that crash are still under investigation. But the tragedy revealed that Boeing and the F.A.A. determined that pilots did not need to be informed of changes to the Max 8’s flight control system, which may have contributed to the crash.

Amie Tsang contributed reporting from London. Additional work by Blacki Migliozzi and Scott Reinhard. | Sources: The airlines, Flightradar24, OpenFlights Airports Database, aviation authorities.

Correction: March 11, 2019

An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the proportion of Boeing 737 Max 8 jets. They account for 5 to 10 percent of all 737 jets in the air at any given time, not 5 to 10 percent of all planes.