How To Check On The Type Of Airplane Used In Your Travel

March 12, 2019

The Boeing 737 is the most popular commercial airplane in the world. In 2017 there 1,297 versions of the jet with virtually every major airline having several in their fleet.  In fact Southwest uses the 737 exclusively. But the latest version of the airplane has been in the news with two Boeing 737 Max-8s crashing and killing all on board in Indonesia last October and Ethiopia this week. While airlines in China, Indonesia, Singapore and other foreign airlines have grounded all of their Max-8 planes for the time being, the two U.S.-based carriers that currently operate the Max-8, American Airlines and Southwest Air, have no plans to stop using the aircraft. Southwest has 34 of its 250 ordered in operation while American Airlines has 24 of its 100 ordered in operation. There are nearly 350 Boeing 737 Max 8s in operation around the world. The FAA has not recommended, suggested or ordered any Boeing airplane be grounded, including the 737 Max 8 at this time. While it's too early to say what caused the crash in Ethiopia, Boeing is said to have issued a warning that automated systems could push the nose of the plane down, causing it to abruptly dive. It has left many passengers and crew weary about flying on a 737 Max 8. So how can you find out if your flight will be on a particular airplane? The best resource online is called SeatGuru. Just type in your airline’s name, the date you’re flying, and the flight number. The website known for giving you advice on what seats to select for maximum space, it will alert you to the type of airplane used on the route. Of course that airplane is subject to change on the day of your flight but if you feel uncomfortable about traveling no a particular airplane, contact the airline to make alternate travel arrangements. However you may be subject to additional fees.

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SOURCE: Gizmodo

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