President Donald Trump’s decision to ground Boeing’s 737 MAX jets has sent shock waves across the world, but the impact to U.S. airlines and the traveling public faced with having to rebook flights so far appears to be minimal.
As of Wednesday evening, according to flight tracking website Flightaware.com, just under 2,000 flights within the United States had been canceled. However, a bulk of those appear to be associated with foul weather in Dallas and Denver, both busy hub airports.
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The three major U.S. airlines which have MAX planes as part of their fleets said they are working to avoid disruptions due to the plane being grounded. The FAA decided to ground the fleet after receiving new satellite data suggesting similarities between a crash in Ethiopia Sunday and one a few months earlier in Indonesia.
The disruption so far may be minimal in part because though two U.S. airlines have dozens of the 737 MAX model in service, as a percentage of the whole fleet they represent single digits.
Southwest Airlines, which has 34 of the planes, said that they account for less than 5 percent of its daily flights.
“Our goal is to operate our schedule with every available aircraft in our fleet,” the budget carrier said in a statement.
American Airlines has 24, with 85 MAX flights per day. United Airlines has 14 MAX planes accounting for 40 flights a day. For all three airlines, the aircraft makes up less than 5 percent of their total fleets.
All three are offering customers the chance to rebook affected flights.