Airlines that serve Logan Airport are responding to the FAA’s emergency order to ground Boeing 737 Max aircraft following Sunday’s deadly Ethiopia Airlines crash in Addis Ababa.
United Airlines was using a Boeing 737 Max 9 plane to service Boston customers going to Houston but has swapped out the plane after the order, according to a United spokesperson. United Airlines said it has 14 Boeing 737 Max aircraft in a company statement posted Wednesday.
“Our Boeing 737 MAX aircraft account for roughly 40 flights a day and through a combination of spare aircraft and rebooking customers, we do not anticipate a significant operational impact as a result of this order,” wrote United in the statement. “We will continue to work with our customers to help minimize any disruption to their travel plans.”
Southwest Airlines has removed its fleet of 34 Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft from service, which accounts for less than five percent of its daily flights, according to a company statement released Wednesday.
Southwest did not provide airport-specific information, but canceled 29 flights Wednesday night from its Thursday schedule of nearly 4,000 scheduled flights, according to a spokesperson.
“While we remain confident in the MAX 8 after completing more than 88,000 flight hours accrued over 41,000 flights, we support the actions of the FAA and other regulatory agencies and governments across the globe that have asked for further review of the data – including information from the flight data recorder – related to the recent accident involving the MAX 8,” wrote Southwest in the statement.
Southwest, in a travel advisory, said customers can rebook their flight within 14 days of the original date of travel free of charge and the company is offering flexible accommodations through March 31.
American Airlines has flown more than 2.5 million passengers on nearly 18,000 flights safely on its Boeing 737 Max 8 fleet since November 2017 when it first began using the aircraft, according to a company statement posted Wednesday. The airline has 24 Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft and uses them for 85 flights per day of 6,700 departures, according to the statement. The company did not provide airport-specific information.
“We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause some of our customers,” American wrote in the statement. “Our team will work with all customers impacted by these flight cancellations in order to rebook them to their final destination.”
Sunday’s plane crash was the second in five months involving a Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft.