How Does The 787-Max 8 Grounding Impact Spring Travelers In Corpus Christi?
By Matt Briscoe
Managing Editor and Publisher
The Southside Light
On Wednesday afternoon, President Donald Trump issued an executive order to ground the Boeing 737-Max 8 fleet here in the United States follow the crash of an Ethiopian Air crash that killed 157 people on Sunday.
Dallas based air carrier Southwest Airlines Is one of the major carriers out of Corpus Christi International Airport and while the airline awaits further guidance from regulators, the airline says that they remain committed to the aircraft and are confident in the airworthiness of the young aircraft model.
According to Southwest, their company has accrued 88,000 flight hours spanning over 41,000 flights, without a major incident on the aircraft type.
The airline operates on average 8 flights per day into and out of CCIA. None of the are on the particular model aircraft in question. However, customers traveling on Southwest could experience delays on other routes that are serviced by the beleaguered aircraft model.
“Our goal is to operate our schedule with every available aircraft in our fleet to meet our Customers’ expectations during the busy spring travel season,” says Southwest spokesperson Dan Langdon. “Any Customer booked on a cancelled MAX 8 flight can rebook on alternate flights without any additional fees or fare differences within 14 days of their original date of travel between the original city pairs.”
In further response, Southwest CEO Gary Kelly said “During our 48-year history, Southwest has continuously demonstrated our commitment to Safety.”
Southwest operates only 34 737-Max 8 aircraft in their fleet of over 800 aircraft.