We heard from regular commentor and friend Colleen (and since then many others), following yesterday’s tragic crash, regarding Boeing 737 Max 8 Flights to Hawaii. Colleen said, “now, after the second crash of Max 8 we are a wee bit concerned about the safety of this aircraft.”
In fact the Max 8/0 is certified for flights to Hawaii: “The Boeing 737 MAX 8 is certified for 180-Extended Operations, or ETOPS.” — Boeing.
Boeing 737 Max 8 Flights to Hawaii | What you need to know
Of the airlines that fly from the US Mainland to Hawaii, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines are all Boeing next generation “Max” customers. The Max 8 is one variant of that family, and the one that is of current concern due to two crashes with some similarities. Here’s what you need to know about Boeing 737 Max 8 flights to and from Hawaii. As you will see, while some of these airlines are flying Max 8, currently none of them are in service to and from Hawaii.
No Max 8/9. Alaska Airlines does not have and will not be receiving any of the Max 8 variants. They have ordered 32 of the 737 Max 9, and they will begin delivery of those this year.
No Max 8/9 to Hawaii. American Airlines has 24 of these planes in service and 76 on order. To our knowledge none of these planes are used for flights to or from Hawaii. They are largely based out of Miami.
No Max 8/9. Delta has no Max 8 in their fleet and they have none on order.
No Max 8/9. Hawaiian has no Max 8 in their fleet and they have none on order.
No Max 8/9 to Hawaii. Southwest has 35 of these in service and 245 on order. However, all of the Southwest Hawaii flights announced thus far are using the company’s 737-800 aircraft. While the company does intend to use the Max 8 to Hawaii in the future, that will undoubtedly not occur until after issues are resolved.
No Max 8/9. United Airlines does not have and will not be receiving any of the Max 8 variants. They have 14 of the 737 Max 9, with 71 on order as well as 100 Max 10 planes on order.