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Which Airlines are Not Flying the Boeing 737 MAX?

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Airlines not flying the Boeing 737 MAX

After manufacturing issues led to two incidents in 2019, the Boeing 737 MAX was grounded across the world.

In 2021, after rigorous testing, Civil Aviation Authorities in many places in the world cleared the Boeing 737 MAX to fly again, including the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, Brazil, and the EU.

As airlines welcome back the Boeing 737 MAX to their day-to-day operations, we realise that some might be wary of taking a flight on the Boeing 737 MAX. Although safety regulators have cleared the Boeing 737 MAX, we understand the importance of peace of mind.

To help you book your next flight, we've listed the airlines that are NOT flying the Boeing 737 MAX in each part of the world, so that you can choose the flight that's right for you.

Airlines not flying the Boeing 737 MAX - by Country or Continent

United States

Out of the major airlines in the US, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, United Airlines and Southwest Airlines all have Boeing 737 MAX's in their fleet. This means that the following US carriers aren't using the Boeing 737 MAX on their flights:

  • Allegiant Air*
  • Delta*
  • Frontier Airlines
  • Avelo Airlines
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • JetBlue
  • Spirit Airlines
  • Sun Country Airlines

*Allegiant has 50 orders of the Boeing 737 MAX - deliveries were expected to begin in 2023.
*Delta Air Lines has 100 orders of the Boeing 737 MAX - deliveries to begin in 2025.

Europe

In Europe, Ryanair, Enter Air, Blue Air, Icelandair, Norwegian, Smartwings, SunExpress, TAROM, TUI and Turkish Airlines all use the Boeing 737 MAX. That means that out of the top 30 airlines in Europe, the following don't use the Boeing 737 MAX:

Air Europa, Lufthansa, Air France, KLM, British Airways, Iberia, Aeroflot, easyJet, Wizz Air, Pegasus Airlines, S7 Airlines, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, ITA Airways, Ural Airlines*, Aegean Airlines, UTair Aviation*, TAP Air Portugal, Volotea, Finnair, Nordwind Airlines, Jet2, Azur Air, UIA, AirBaltic, Air Astana

*Ural Airlines has 14 orders of the Boeing 737 MAX - delivery dates have not been confirmed.
*UTair Aviation has 30 orders of the Boeing 737 MAX - delivery dates have not been confirmed.

Africa

Air Peace, Arik Air, Comair, Ethiopian Airlines, Mauritiana Airlines, Royal Air Maroc all use the Boeing 737 MAX. Out of Africa's largest airlines, the following don't use the aircraft:

South African Airways, EgyptAir, Air Algérie, Tunisair, Kenya Airways, Air Mauritius, Libyan Airlines, Comair

Asia

In Asia, 9Air, Air China, China Eastern, China Southern, Donghai Airlines, flydubai, Garuda Indonesia, Hainan Airlines, Jeju Air, Korean Air, Lion Air, Malaysia Airlines, Nok Air, Okay Airways, Oman Air, Qatar Airways, Ruili Airlines, Shandong Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, SilkAir, Singapore Airlines, SpiceJet, VietJet Air and XiamenAir all fly the Boeing 737 MAX. That means, out of Asia's most popular airlines, the following don't fly the Boeing 737 MAX:

IndiGo, AirAsia, Emirates, All Nippon Airways*, Japan Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Saudia, Air India, Jet Airways, Vietnam Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Thai Airways International, Etihad Airways, Asiana Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Go First, EVA Airways

*All Nippon Airways has 20 orders of the Boeing 737 MAX - deliveries will begin in 2025.

South America

In South America, Aerolíneas Argentinas and GOL are the only South American airlines currently using the Boeing 737 MAX. Out of South America's most popular airlines, the following don't use the aircraft:

LATAM, Avianca, Azul, Viva Air, SKY Airline, JetSMART, Boliviana, Flybondi, Satena

Oceania

In the Oceanic region, Air Niugini, Virgin Australia and Fiji Airways have Boeing 737 MAX planes within its fleet. The most popular airlines that don't have Boeing 737 MAX planes within their fleet include:

Qantas, Air New Zealand, Rex Airlines, Air Tahiti & Air Tahiti Nui, Aircalin

North America & Central America (excl US)

In North America and Central America, Aeroméxico, Air Canada, Copa Airlines, Caribbean Airlines, Cayman Airways and WestJet fly the Boeing 737 MAX. Out of the most popular countries in North America and Central America (excl US), the following don't fly the Boeing 737 MAX:

Volaris, VivaAerobus, InselAir, Air Caraibes, Cubana, Bahamasair

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How to see which airlines are flying the Boeing 737 MAX when booking a flight with Alternative Airlines

At Alternative Airlines, we make it easy to see which type of plane is being used for each flight when you're buying your flight. This means that you can easily avoid any flight that is being operated with the Boeing 737 MAX.

  1. Search for flights on any routes and dates using our search form.
  2. We'll show you all flights from every airline airline available for your chosen search.
  3. Once you've found a flight that you're interested in, click on the 'details' button to see more of the flight details.
  4. We'll give you lots of helpful information about your flight, including which plane will be used to operate your flight. You can then book your flight with peace of mind knowing that you will not be flying on the Boeing 737 MAX.

If we state that the airline is using the Boeing 737 MAX, you can keep searching until you find a flight that doesn't use it.

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