As American took the first 14 of their 24 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft out of service following President Trump’s grounding, planes were left sitting in Barbados, Cancun, Boston, Orlando, St. Croix, Tampa, Santo Domingo, Port of Spain, Santo Domingo, Miami and Puerto Plata.
The first 36 MAX flight cancellations affected schedules of 5500 passengers. Roughly speaking we’ll be looking at perhaps twice that many flights on an average day.
Already American’s fleet is stretched thin with the grounding of some of the Boeing 737-800 aircraft whose interiors had been modified at Paine Field by Aviation Technical Services. Several other 737s were out of service already as well — a total of 47 Boeing 737 aircraft out of service at the time of the grounding.
Bad weather had damaged a number of planes at Dallas Fort-Worth earlier in the day and at least 35 aircraft were out of service there — 11 737s, 8 Boeing 777s, 2 Boeing 787-9s, 4 Airbus narrowbodies, 7 regional jets and 3 MD80s. Systemwide a total of 137 planes were out of service including for scheduled work.
Entirely apart from whether it was the right decision to ground the MAX, it appears this may tax an already-stretched operation.