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Passengers around the world are being banned from flights on Boeing 737 MAX aircraft

The international metasearch system Kayak said that site users are 15 times more likely to filter flights that airlines operate on Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft. Aircraft of this model are constantly included in accident reports.

The Kayak platform has become 15 times more likely to apply the filter entered by travelers to possible flights on the Boeing 737 MAX, reports the specialized portal aviation24.be.

The filter, which allows tourists to exclude certain aircraft models from the search engine, was introduced on the site in the spring of 2019. Users use this function most actively after any high-profile incidents that occur with aircraft during operation.

In this case, the trigger was the emergency with the Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft of the American airline Alaska Airlines, which occurred on January 5.

As the telegram channel “Roof of TourDom” reported, immediately after taking off from Ontario airport, the plane’s window fell off, the emergency exit door fell out and the passenger cabin depressurized. There were 174 passengers and six crew members on board at the time. Fortunately, none of them were hurt.

Immediately after the emergency, the operation of all Boeing 737 MAX was suspended, and the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) began investigating the causes of the accident.

Today, February 7, the NTSB finally issued its verdict: the door that fell out during takeoff was not bolted down. In total, four elements necessary for the safe fastening of part of the fuselage were missing, reports RIA Novosti, which has at its disposal an official document from the American regulator.

Such findings make Russian passengers think twice before traveling on the Boeing 737 MAX. After the January incident, the Federal Air Transport Agency reassured passengers, emphasizing that domestic airlines do not have Boeings of this type in their fleet.

However, Russians can get on flights using MAX 9 using the services of foreign carriers. As of the beginning of 2024, 215 Boeing MAX 9 aircraft are in operation around the world, most of which (79 aircraft) are in the fleet of United Airlines and Alaska Airlines (62), RBC reports.

The Panamanian company Copa Airlines (68 aircraft), the Mexican Copa Airlines (88) and Turkish Airlines (5) also have these aircraft. Several aircraft of this type are operated by flydubai and Icelandair.

At the same time, Turkish Airlines does not fly to Russia on the Boeing 737 MAX 9, using Airbus aircraft on regular routes, in particular, flights from Istanbul to Moscow are operated on A321 Neo aircraft.

In turn, flydubai operates flights to Moscow Vnukovo Airport on the Boeing MAX 8. At the same time, the Dubai carrier also has three Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft in its fleet, which they operate on routes to other countries.

To exclude the possibility of ending up on board the Boeing 737 MAX of the listed carriers, Russian tourists can use filters on search aggregators or directly when booking air tickets online, where the type of aircraft is indicated.

However, this does not always provide a 100% guarantee. Airlines often change planes literally at the last minute, based on subjective factors such as weather conditions and logistics.

Source: Tourdom



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