Presidential Emergency Order: Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 grounded in the United States

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US President Donald Trump issued an emergency order to ground all Boeing 737 Max 8 and also Boeing 737 Max 9.

Flights on route to a destination are allowed to finish their trip and land.

It may take weeks to examine the black box of the crashed Ethiopian Airlines plane and the reason for the crash.

A photo shows all Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9 currently in the air over the United States.

Boeing issued this statement:

Boeing continues to have full confidence in the safety of the 737 MAX.  However, after consultation with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), and aviation authorities and its customers around the world, Boeing has determined — out of an abundance of caution and in order to reassure the flying public of the aircraft’s safety — to recommend to the FAA the temporary suspension of operations of the entire global fleet of 371 737 MAX aircraft.

“On behalf of the entire Boeing team, we extend our deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones of those who have lost their lives in these two tragic accidents,” said Dennis Muilenburg, president, CEO, Chairman of The Boeing Company.

“We are supporting this proactive step out of an abundance of caution. Safety is a core value at Boeing for as long as we have been building airplanes; and it always will be. There is no greater priority for our company and our industry. We are doing everything we can to understand the cause of the accidents in partnership with the investigators, deploy safety enhancements and help ensure this does not happen again.”

Boeing makes this recommendation and supports the decision by the FAA.

Currently, the following flight routes are serviced by Boeing 733 Max 8 or 98

Southwest Airlines
Number of Max 8s: 34

Daily flights on the Max 8: Approximately 160  Total daily flights: 4,000

Sample Max 8 routes:


Los Angeles-Oakland


St. Louis-New Orleans

Nashville-Los Angeles



Chicago-Las Vegas


Phoenix-San Francisco

San Diego-Portland


Fort Lauderdale-Houston

American Airlines

Number of Max 8s: 24

Daily flights on the Max 8: Approximately 90

Total flights: 6,700

Sample Max 8 routes:

New York-Miami


Washington, D.C. (Reagan)- Miami



Miami-Trinidad and Tobago

United Airlines

Number of Max 8s:  Number of Max 9s: 14 Daily flights on the Max 9: 40

Total daily flights: 4,800

Sample Max 9 routes:


San Francisco-Hawaii

Los Angeles- Hawaii

Houston-Los Angeles

San Francisco-Houston

Houston-Cancun, Mexico

Fort Lauderdale-Houston

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