What the Grounding of the Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9 Means for Atlanta Airport
Atlanta, GA – according to an online news report at ajc.com,some American airline companies are being affected by President Trump’s recent emergency order grounding all Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9 aircraft in the United States.
Southwest Airlines, one of the largest airlines at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, is among several United States airlines that fly Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, the type of airplane that was involved in the Ethiopian Airlines accident that occurred last weekend.
However, Max 8 jets make up just thirty four of Southwest Airlines’ fleet of over seven hundred fifty Boeing 737s. This means that lower than 5% of its flights are actually affected. Southwest accounts for less than 10% of traffic to and from the Atlanta airport. The primary airline in Atlanta is Delta Airlines, which flies Boeing 737 aircraft but not newer Max models like the one involved in the Ethiopian Airlines crash.
Each day, the Atlanta airport has about two thousand five hundred flights taking off and landing on a daily basis. This means that the impact of the Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9 grounding is of a limited nature.
The grounding of the aircraft was due to a recent emergency order issued by President Trump, given many other countries that have done so before the United States.
Responding to Trump’s recent order, the Dallas based Southwest Airlines noted that it has removed its Max 8 aircraft from upcoming trips and noted that it strives to “operate our schedule with every available aircraft in our fleet.”
Southwest noted that it has confidence in its Max 8 fleet however, they further assert they support what the FAA is currently recommending as well as Trump’s order grounding the aircraft until further notice.
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