Too few planes, too many travelers, latest catch-22 amid Max 737 grounding


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Too few planes, too many travelers, latest catch-22 amid Max 737 grounding

It had been an ongoing trend for the US airlines during the summer season to compete for selling tickets and filling seats, however, major US airlines operating Boeing best-selling Max 737 had been experiencing a different conundrum this season, as an entire grounding of Boeing 737 Max aircrafts following two deadly crashes killing 347 passengers had severely downsized the number of planes amid a booming demand ahead of a travel season.

The Summer and Spring schedule of major US airlines such as American Airlines and Southwest Airlines had been lavishly languished, after worldwide grounding of Boeing’s best-selling, fuel-efficient and single-aisle aircraft, MAX 737.

Adding that the demands for airlines’ seats were booming, a spokesman for Southwest Airlines Pilots Association, Mike Trevino, an aviation industry veteran said, “The revenue is right in front of them. They can see it, but they can’t meet it”.

The world’s largest Max operator, Southwest Airlines Co. had removed 34 Max aircrafts off their schedule at least up to August 2019, while American Airlines Group Inc. had erased 24 Max aircrafts off their schedule. Southwest’s decision had led to a cancellation of 4,200 daily flights between June 5th to August 5th, while American’s eradication of Max 737 means a 1.5 percent decline of its summer flying schedule each day.