TULSA, Okla. - Quick Facts:
- Nine of the recently grounded Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft are being parked indefinitely in Tulsa.
- American Airlines has 24 of the Max 8 planes, and they will park nine at their Tulsa maintenance facility.
- President Trump ordered all Max 8 and Max 9 planes grounded Wednesday following similar orders from dozens of countries that also have the plane operating in their airspace.
- The newly released plane’s safety record is coming into question after it has two crashes within five months of each other, and early indications point to the crashes possibly happening for the same reason.
- American and Southwest fly the Max 8, and United flies the Max 9.
- The airlines are being allowed to ferry their Max aircraft to their maintenance facilities with just pilots aboard and no passengers or other crew.
- American said it can’t work on its planes, only park them, until the problem has been found or questions about the plane’s safety can be resolved.
- Airlines are reworking aircraft schedules and rebooking passengers on different types of planes in anticipation of upcoming spring break travel. It’s likely no major delays or mass cancellations will have to happen, but some passengers in smaller cities could see impacts as planes are shifted to bigger markets that now need aircraft.
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