MAX PAIN Grappling with the Grounding

Airliner World’s Martin Needham investigates how some of the hardest hit carriers are trying to absorb the blow and lessen passengers’ woes as issues surrounding Boeing’s 737 MAX continue to keep Seattle sleepless.

Five months have passed since the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a worldwide grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX. As the type has earned the unfortunate distinction of becoming the longest grounded conventional airliner since the de Havilland Comet – surpassing the 787 Dreamliner’s 123-day embargo on July 15 – operators of the type have scrambled to shore up capacity as the Northern Hemisphere’s summer season reaches its crescendo.

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