0 min left

Following the Lion Air Crash Story? These Airlines Fly the Same Plane

Have you been following the headlines regarding the Lion Air flight that plunged into the Java Sea in October and took the lives of 189 people? The aircraft involved in the crash was a Boeing 737 MAX. Unfortunately, Lion Air isn’t the only airline to operate flights using that aircraft. You may be wondering which airlines are in possession of this in-demand aircraft if you’re a frequent traveler.

Lion Air became the first airline to receive the new 737 MAX planes back in May of last year. However, dozens more airlines have either ordered or received the new MAX 737 since then. Boeing had received 4,783 orders for its 737 MAX planes by this fall. A total of 241 of the aircraft have already been delivered. Here’s a list of the airlines around the globe that have taken delivery:

  • Southwest Airlines
  • Air Canada
  • American Airlines
  • Norwegian Air Shuttle
  • Air Lease Corporation
  • China Southern Airlines
  • Air China
  • China Eastern Airlines
  • WestJet Airlines
  • Xiamen Airlines
  • Flydubai
  • United Airlines
  • Hainan Airlines Holding
  • Aeromexico
  • SilkAir
  • TUI Travel PLC
  • Aviation Capital Group
  • Ethiopian Airlines Group
  • GOL Linhas Aereas
  • ICBC Leasing
  • Icelandair
  • Shandong Airlines
  • Shenzhen Airlines
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Aerolineas Argentinas
  • BOC Aviation Limited
  • Copa Airlines
  • Qatar Airways
  • SpiceJet
  • 9 Air
  • Avolon
  • Business Jet
  • Garuda Indonesia
  • JSC Aircompany
  • Mauritania Airlines
  • SMBC Aviation Capital
  • Travel Service

While we know that all of these airlines are in possession of 737 MAX aircraft, we don’t know if they are in possession of the specific MAX 8 version that was being flown by Lion Air. The 737 MAX 8 that was being flown by Lion Air last month before crashing into the sea had only actually been operating for about two months before the accident occurred.

Boeing had been touting the aircraft as a real game changer that would revolutionize the way airlines looked at short-haul flights. However, investigators are finding some issues with the plane in the aftermath of last month’s crash. It has been discovered that airspeed indicators on the Lion Air aircraft had malfunctioned during the last four flights it took.

What’s more, a specific flight-control system that was designed to prevent the aircraft from stalling had actually been replaced just days before the crash occurred. Boeing pilots have also discovered that the MAX 8 version of the popular 737 jet actually has a flaw that makes handling the aircraft quite difficult when speeds drop to a certain point.

The wide-reaching appeal of the 737 MAX helped to make this aircraft popular among both budget carriers and legacy airlines. The 737 MAX is known for its enhanced fuel efficiency and ability to seat up to 210 passengers. Airlines in the United States have ordered a combined total of 1,156 of the 737 MAX aircraft. However, only 77 have actually been delivered as of November. What can you do if you’re feeling uncomfortable about taking your next flight in a 737 MAX? You may want to check if the model you’ll be boarding is the same specific MAX 8 version that was being flown by Lion Air if you’re really concerned.

[Image Source: Wikimedia Commons]

Comments are Closed.
BiPlane January 12, 2019

There has been no full account of what happened. So it's not possible to lay responsibility on any one issue. In air crash investigation the often repeated mantra is that there are multiple causes that come together in an unfortunate confluence which result in the downing of aircraft. Information released so far indicates so many contributing factors from parts malfunction, questionable maintenance practices and pilot training and experience. The Lion tragedy appears to be a case study in that there was first a technical issue, handled by one crew without the same result, supposed maintenance and the subsequent downing of the same aircraft with a different flight crew. Since the investigation has stalled and all sides are attempting to minimize financial liability, we can only hope the contributing issues in this event are determined to avoid a repeat.

dogcanyon December 10, 2018

If you'll take the time to read the full account of what happened I'm pretty sure you'll agree that in this case it IS the aircraft.

viajesak December 8, 2018

I think your post or comment does not provide any benefit for the community, only provides fear and sensationalism on the matter, there has been accidents of most types of planes, but this wound is still fresh and can sell views..........com'n let's be positive.

Giantbird December 8, 2018

The 737 started life as a DC 9 size competitor plane. Boeing has repeatedly stretched and stretched and more powerful engines added. The possibility should be considered that Boeing might have gone too far and the 737 is no longer the stable plane the design once was. The Max seems to need complicated systems to overcome an inherent imbalance. Pilots should not have to switch off safety systems to get the plane to fly level. If Lion Air is such a bad airline why would Boeing make them the launch customer?

sfoeuroflyer December 8, 2018

The issue is NOT the aircraft. The issue is incompetent pilots. This is the trouble with many foreign air carriers from countries lacking sound aviation tradition and culture. The pilots don't fully learn the systems of their aircraft. That was the problem with Asiana airlines and its crash of the 777 in SF and is obviously the case here. The pilots did not turn off the system. Easy to do. They went through multiple cycles of nose down without having the common sense to flip the "off" switch. That is raging incompetence. So let's not write scare pieces implicating the 737. Here is the life lesson that emerges: fly airlines that have well trained pilots who understand their equipment and who are sound aviators. Lion Air is not on that list.