The 737 MAX Grounding’s Impact on Canada


Hello everyone, my name is Alex, and today
I wanted to talk about some of the effects of the worldwide grounding of the Boeing 737
MAX. Specifically, its impact on Canada and Canadian
travellers. There are 41 Boeing 737 MAXs currently registered
in Canada, all of which are MAX 8s. To begin, here’s a brief timeline of events
from this past week. Sunday March 10th: The world is shaken by the tragic loss of
Ethiopian Airlines flight 302, a Boeing 737 MAX 8. Following this, the Civil Aviation Administration
of China grounds the nation’s fleet of 737 MAXs, setting things in motion for other countries
to do the same. Monday March 11th: Several airlines begin suspending operations
of their 737 MAXs, including carriers like Aeromexico, Silk Air, and Jet Airways. Tuesday March 12th: The United Kingdom bans the 737 MAX from its
airspace, forcing Air Canada to cancel two of its transatlantic flights with the MAX,
these being Air Canada flight 860 from Halifax to London Heathrow, and Air Canada flight
822 from Saint John’s, also going to London Heathrow. Later that day, Sunwing Airlines announced
that they would be voluntarily suspending their 737 MAX operations. In a press release, they stated this was due
to “evolving commercial reasons unrelated to safety including airspace restrictions
imposed by some of our partner destinations”. Wednesday March 13th: Canada’s Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau,
announced that Canada would “restrict commercial passenger flights from any operator of the
Boeing 737 Max 8 or Max 9 variant aircraft.” With this, the United States made their own
announcement, and the 737 MAX was officially grounded worldwide. In Canada, three airlines operate the 737
MAX. They are Sunwing Airlines, WestJet Airlines,
and Air Canada. Of these, Sunwing has the fewest, with four
737 MAXs in their fleet. In their press release, they stated that “We
will endeavor to minimize the impact of these schedule changes, which we believe is achievable
given that the MAX 8 makes up less than 10% of our fleet”. WestJet has 13 737 MAX 8 aircraft in their
fleet, and they’ve stated that “over 92% of our fleet is operating as usual. While there may be some interruptions to our
schedule as we mitigate the impact of this decision, you can book with confidence knowing
that WestJet continues to fly throughout our network with the safety of quests and employees
at the forefront.” That was straight from an email I got as a
WestJet Rewards member. Air Canada is currently the largest operator
of the 737 MAX in the country, with 24 aircraft. On the grounding, Air Canada stated that they
“are working to rebook impacted customers as soon as possible but given the magnitude
of our 737 MAX operations which on average carry nine to twelve thousand customers per
day, customers can expect delays in rebooking and in reaching Air Canada call centres and
we appreciate our customers’ patience.” So, where are all of Canada’s MAXs now? For the time being, the aircraft are banned
from passenger flights, but airlines in Canada and the US are still permitted to operate
ferry flights with no passengers on board. For WestJet and Air Canada, quite a few aircraft
were operating flights to the US at the time of the announcement, and were allowed to
land, but eventually flew back to Canada, empty. Since then, all three airlines have moved
their fleets around the country for storage, maintenance, or refitting purposes. Sunwing’s four aircraft are all stored at
Windsor International Airport, in Ontario. WestJet’s MAX fleet is spread out a bit
more, with: 1 in Toronto,
1 in Hamilton, 3 in Vancouver,
3 in Kelowna, and 5 in Calgary. The three in Kelowna are making use of the
downtime to get the new 2 by 2 Premium seating installed, and it’s possible that more aircraft
could head there while the grounding is in effect. Air Canada’s fleet is even more spread out
at the moment. Right now, there’s: 2 in Halifax,
3 in Vancouver, 3 in Calgary,
5 in Trois-Rivières, 5 in Winnipeg,
and 6 in Windsor. Windsor currently has the largest total number
of 737 MAXs, with ten on the ground there, followed by Calgary with eight, and Vancouver
with 6. An important part of picking these locations
is that, in one way or another, they all have maintenance facilities for these aircraft. By having the airplanes there already, they’re
prepared to implement any fixes that Boeing might issue in the coming weeks, and just get these
airplanes back in the air as soon as they can. For now, Canada’s 41 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft
will not be flying passengers, and the effects will undoubtedly be felt across all three
operators for some time to come. To cover for their loss of capacity, Sunwing
has leased two Eastern Airlines Boeing 767 aircraft. They still have 39 737-800s operating
primarily from Canadian cities to sun destinations, and it’s not clear exactly where these 767s
will operate just yet. In WestJet’s case, the reduction of 13 aircraft
from their mainline fleet of 129 aircraft is certainly not ideal. With 3 787-9 Dreamliners now in the fleet
though, WestJet has some extra domestic capacity and some additional flights are already operating
between Calgary and Toronto with the Dreamliners. This helps clear the backlog of passengers
but also to reallocate smaller aircraft to other routes. The Dreamliners were always meant to operate
domestically in March and April for training purposes. But before they start their transatlantic
flights, the 787s can be very helpful, and have enough seats to essentially replace two
737s. For Air Canada, losing 21% of their mainline
narrowbody fleet is even less ideal, however, they do have the largest
widebody fleet in the country, with 75 twin-aisle aircraft. So far, Air Canada has been able to deploy widebody
aircraft to cover some of these flights, including this triple seven, from Vancouver to Honolulu. However, there aren’t nearly enough spare
widebody aircraft to completely replace the MAX fleet. In the long term, it’s possible that we
could see some aircraft retirements delayed, as well as more aircraft being leased, depending
on how long the situation lasts. To put things into perspective, the operational
loss of the 737 MAX results in over 7,000 seats every day that WestJet, Air Canada,
and Sunwing now have to replace by combining flights, using larger aircraft, rebooking
passengers… it’s an operational headache all around. Keep in mind, the 737 MAXs all flew multiple
flights a day, so that number is actually several times larger. All in all, it’s a very undesirable situation
for airlines and passengers alike, but potentially a necessary one in the name of safety. This is still a developing situation and circumstances
could change, so I suggest you go follow me on Twitter at AlexPYYC for updates as they
become available. Thank you very much for watching, leave a
thumbs up if you enjoyed, do consider subscribing if you haven’t already, and I will see you
in the next video. Until then, take care.


100 Responses

  1. Alex Praglowski Aviation

    March 17, 2019 5:23 pm

    I hope you all enjoy this look at how the 737 MAX grounding has affected Canadian air travel. Of course, just as I upload this, Air Canada's sent two more 737 MAXs to Windsor, 1 from Calgary, and 1 from Vancouver.

    Updated Air Canada fleet list:
    2x YHZ
    2x YVR
    2x YYC
    5x YRQ
    5x YWG
    8x YQG

  2. Megan Homan

    March 17, 2019 5:40 pm

    Thank you so much for summing everything up in one place, its super helpful. I feel so bad for those people that work at the airlines that have to rebook those passengers. What an absolute nightmare.

  3. xXN1GHTRAZ0RXX Razor

    March 17, 2019 5:48 pm

    Whatโ€™s the approach like into Halifax international airport in Nova Scotia and into Orlando international? Iโ€™m heading there soon and wanted to know if I should record it!

  4. Desert Guy

    March 17, 2019 5:51 pm

    I'm trying to go out of my way in November to fly on a max as I want to try out these new seats on Westjet in the premium class! Alex will you do a trip report on them?

  5. furiouzzzz

    March 17, 2019 5:52 pm

    it turns out that Boeing neglected training provides to its customers as 737max Is completely different airplane from 737 in every mean, its construction engines mounting angle of attack etc. Boeing have committed criminal neglect

  6. mike midge

    March 17, 2019 6:22 pm

    My kids were flying from YVR to LAX for a track meet with the school. Their flight was at 10:30am and the planes were grounded at 9AM. They waited 14 hours at YVR for a flight to San Francisco, then had to spend the night there and flew to LAX the next day, on three separate flight due to the size of the team. All told it took 34 hours to get to LA from Vancouver. Better safe then sorry. They were booked on Air Canada. They're returning on Wednesday, hopefully it will be a lot smoother .

  7. SD

    March 17, 2019 6:37 pm

  8. AE Asian

    March 17, 2019 6:40 pm

    As I live in Everett,WA Here is an article from the Seattle Times. a perspective and article from Boeing's backyard. I hope they get this fixed soon and if this generation wasn't going to be the last of the 737 line I think it will be now.

  9. Laurie Seto

    March 17, 2019 7:06 pm

    Thanks for the aircraft and passenger numbers. Then there's a lot more who this affects as well. I wonder if there will be estimates regarding the costs of the grounding.

  10. CJets

    March 17, 2019 7:12 pm

    Great video. Keep up the good work! Itโ€™s too bad this had to happen to such a great plane…

  11. Maria Chrzanowski

    March 17, 2019 7:16 pm

    I am researching the 737 MAX for a school project, and I do believe this video will help a lot! Thanks so much! <3

  12. Christopher Escott

    March 17, 2019 7:30 pm

    The lack of training is grotesque. Many pilots had no idea of procedure in turning off the software within the autopilot. That said, the FMS on a Boeing can be turned off and full control placed in the hands of the pilots if required .Airbus does not permit the FMS to be disengaged as Boeing. So, when the max is placed back in service, I would bet the training of the crews will be far more intense and thorough. Would I board one? NOT until I see it fly for at least a year without any issue. The same thing went for the DC10 when it had problems.

  13. Richard C

    March 17, 2019 10:21 pm

    Excellent report. Well researched and professionally presented. Who are the three brain dead individuals who gave your report a thumbs down? I can never figure this out.

  14. John Demerse

    March 17, 2019 11:27 pm

    This aircraft has been in commercial service since May 2017. Hard to figure why now they are a problem.

  15. Arm Slides

    March 18, 2019 1:14 am

    Why did Garneau and Transport Canada drag their feet on this matter? There was really no new 'information'' presented by Garneau when he grounded the fleet. He stumbled through the presser giving very vague responses, very odd for a former astronaut. It now looks like TC colluded with the airlines to reduce the financial impact of what was going to be an inevitable grounding of the MAX 8. They put profit before passenger safety. The whole fiasco has irrevocably tarnished the reputation of the FAA and Transport Canada.

  16. L R G

    March 18, 2019 1:53 am

    Nobody who understands why the MCAS hardware/software system is necessary for the operation of the 737 MAX will ever fly that type of aircraft again. No other jetliner requires this!

  17. Vanessa Palmer

    March 18, 2019 2:27 am

    Alex I regret that I can only like this video once. This analysis and the work you put together is outstanding! Incredibly helpful to Canadians but also a great insight for your friends to the south. Thank you.

  18. Boyao C.

    March 18, 2019 3:29 am

    Nice video. Thank you for your explanation. Last summer I fly with WestJet's 7M8, and it is a good experience. However, safe should always be the first priority. I would said at least in Canada, I believe our pilots are well-trained and have ability to response for emergency situation. Fly safe everyone

  19. Repoman

    March 18, 2019 4:50 am

    All my research says there is a software issue with the MCAS system but it seems these accidents could have been prevented with better training. I'm confident with our Canadian airlines that operate this plane and would have no problem getting on one. Especially now that everyone is hyper aware and should just turn off the MCAS system asap if there is an issue and actually fly the plane instead of letting the computer fly it.

  20. MT Aviation Photo & Film -MTrain999

    March 18, 2019 5:57 am

    Great video Alex. Almost thinking of making the quick jump over the boarder to go see Windsor

  21. Dou Gen

    March 18, 2019 12:32 pm

    This seems important:

  22. Kevin Klassen

    March 18, 2019 1:08 pm

    Air Canada has already leased some A330s from Singapore Airlines for their CYUL-EIDW route.

  23. Henry

    March 18, 2019 2:36 pm

    Boeing 737 MAX series have designed changes with more powerful engines placed closer to the fuselage that makes it prone to tip up the noses up requiring software to counteract by pushing down, especially when making a 14 degree or more turns, dangerous when the single sensor is faulty. The software "Fix" that is being contemplated have to be thoroughly tested by the Europeans and China's airplane certification agencies as recent events showed the FAA cannot be trusted to handle this, as they practically relied on Boeing's internal testing for its certification processes, plus to require full simulator training for pilots like any other planes.

  24. YQR Aviation

    March 18, 2019 2:37 pm

    i think is great that there is a channel like yours that covers this type of stuff. trip reports too. cant wait to see you grow larger!

  25. Wills Womble

    March 18, 2019 3:16 pm

    Does anyone care how Canada is affected? There are plenty of other airlines and passenger jets available for hire or nearly ready in the desert. You could have made a sensible decision and bought Airbus aircraft so no tears from me! You well know that the states FAA cares not a jot for passenger safety, if not look it up!

  26. Satyarthi Satyarthi

    March 18, 2019 4:19 pm

    Banned boeing all around the world they are not to be serious and money minded not safety

  27. Donald Stanfield

    March 18, 2019 6:21 pm

    Awesome summary! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Hope Boeing can quickly and completely sort the issues to prevent further turmoil.

  28. Pilot Nishant Desai

    March 18, 2019 7:28 pm

    Thanks for the very informative video Alex! I was just wondering what about the Boeing 737 max pilots? Are they grounded as well? Thanks

  29. Trans Canada Phil

    March 19, 2019 2:40 am

    I have a flight booked to Calgary from Winnipeg on May 17th on a Max 8. I called Westjet but they couldnt tell me anything about what i should do.

  30. Vuelogs

    March 19, 2019 4:32 am

    Great video Alex. I was booked on a flight with the Air Canada 737 Max on Saturday and they had canceled the flight in advance. I am since rebooked on another flight and in stead will be trying ot their Dreamliner.

  31. BlueChinchillaEatingDorito

    March 19, 2019 7:16 am

    I wonder if AC is going to delay their 767 retirement plans if the Max 8 grounding drags on.

  32. Kees Manuel

    March 19, 2019 7:25 am

    I saw that Gol Airlines from Brazil used the 737 Max on their flights from Fortaleza to Miami and also to Orlando (both daily flights) had to flying with the 737 Max as well.

  33. Bruneau Franรงois

    March 19, 2019 11:57 am

    Replacement of two 737 by one 787 or A330 and neighborhood of the airports all over the World will be more quiet!
    I wrote about it years ago.

    Enjoy silence.

  34. JundaComputersGmbH

    March 19, 2019 7:28 pm

    Why can't WestJet just get the Canadian built Bombardier A220? Canadian Airline hates and doesn't operate Canadian built and designed Bombardier??? It just doesn't make any sense does it? A220 is several tons lighter than 737 MAX the lighter weight makes the A220 much more fuel efficient than 737 and Bombardier has an excellent safety record

  35. Flyer's Aviation

    March 19, 2019 9:53 pm

    I hope Boeing can fix this problem ASAP so then they can continue deliveries and airlines can resume scheduled MAX services. I also once again give my condolences to those who passed away on flights ET 302 and Lion Air 610.

  36. Strigo Viro

    March 20, 2019 1:34 pm

    What an excellent and informative video, Alex! Thank you for all the hard work and commitment you put into sharing this information. Love your other videos. Best!

  37. Sophie Acapella

    March 20, 2019 4:29 pm

    Wow! Excellent video, Alex ๐Ÿ‘Œ. I live in Canada so I found this video highly informative ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘.


    March 20, 2019 5:36 pm

    #offtopic# why in gods name did AC change the legendary colors to the new crappy/basic one ๐Ÿ™ I watch the planes here in Amsterdam and love the old paint, it's just one of a kind. The new one is just a basic one and nothing special at al. #aircanadaFAIL4Life

  39. lenny108

    March 21, 2019 8:43 am

    Alex is right, if this would happen a third time that a software is forcing a B-737 to nosedive and crash then Boeing is in real trouble. A software update will make the plane 100% safe? This is very unlikely.

  40. john brown

    March 22, 2019 8:08 am

    Have a look at the youtube video about Boeing fitting very badly engineered door opening surrounds which compromised the structural integrity and this was covered up all the way to the top beyond Boeing.

  41. Sunny Zhao

    March 23, 2019 5:52 am

    What's your favourite airport in Canada! my favourite are YVR(Vancouver) and YQR(Regina) and maybe YYC(Calgary)

  42. tprfilms

    March 23, 2019 1:33 pm

    I got lucky, was on board a MAX 8 flying to YYC when Transport Canada grounded them! We were lucky that YYC was our closest airport and didnโ€™t need to divert!!

  43. YoutubeFUN

    March 28, 2019 3:07 am

    Since recent, I've been watching the competion ads of Boeing with Airbus. I felt that safety might be compromised. Because, the faster you do the easier you make mistakes. Take your time. No safety no business. When you try to rush to get fucked up. My advice to Boeing and Airbus is not to rush. Let eachother make some money. Boeing, you've already ruled a lot. Get relaxed.

  44. Manus Macgearailt

    April 6, 2019 1:48 am

    why isn't there a feature for pilots to manually compensate for the pitch up tendency in flight? could they not just select 3 degrees trim nose down and the autopilot would keep the elevators in that position, perhaps add a pitch warning so the pilots are aware of the problem and decide for themselves how to fix it?

  45. Milt Farrow

    April 6, 2019 11:47 am

    737 next generation earlier model should be taken off line to inspect fuselage assembly and Moog components

  46. MT Aviation Photo & Film -MTrain999

    April 17, 2019 2:40 pm

    Alex, This was an awesome video. It inspired me to do one about the US based Maxs.

  47. Z Kommer

    May 20, 2019 5:20 pm

    Dude, there has been a lot of development on 737 MAX and you have not even provided a basic update. What is the point of the original video unless you plan to carry the story completely through its full genesis?

  48. Coastal Auto Reaction C.A.R.

    October 28, 2019 3:42 pm

    Your channel deserves way more subs! Thank you for the content you produce Alex.
    Cheers ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ


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