If you are flying to Dallas from Nashville International Airport (BNA) you might want to check to see if your flight has been canceled or delayed.
News Channel 5 reported that flights to Dallas have been delayed or canceled after President Donald Trump grounded all Boeing 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 airplanes following the deadly crash which took place on Sunday in Ethiopia.
American and Southwest use these types of aircraft on the Dallas – Nashville route. BNA told Channel 5 that the grounding of 737 MAX jets “only impacts 2.6% of Southwest flights directly at BNA; however, the other grounded 737-Max aircraft around the country will likely have some ripple effects at BNA, but it’s unknown at this time.”
Southwest Airlines tweeted about the decision this afternoon stating, “Southwest is immediately complying with FAA requirement for all U.S airlines to ground the Boeing 737 Max 8. As a result, we have removed our 34 Max 8 aircraft from scheduled service. Southwest operates a fleet of more than 750 Boeing 737s, and the 34 MAX aircraft account for less than five percent of our daily flights.”
Our statement regarding the Boeing 737 MAX 8: pic.twitter.com/sjoCGwffby
— Southwest Airlines (@SouthwestAir) March 13, 2019
American Airlines posted a message on its website to travelers.
On March 13, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grounded all U.S.-registered Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, including the 8 and 9 variants, as a precautionary measure. This includes the 24 MAX 8 aircraft in the American Airlines fleet. We are complying with the FAA directive.
On average, American operates 85 flights per day on the MAX 8, out of 6,700 departures throughout the American Airlines system.
The safety and security of our team members and our customers remains our top priority. We continue to have the utmost confidence in our fleet, which is flown by our highly-trained pilots and maintained by our highly-skilled maintenance team.
American regularly monitors aircraft performance and safety parameters across our entire fleet, including extensive flight data collection. This data, along with our analysis, gives us confidence in the safe operation of all of our aircraft, and contributes to American’s exemplary safety record. American has flown more than 2.5 million passengers — during 46,400 operating hours encompassing nearly 18,000 flights — safely on our MAX 8 fleet since the first one was delivered Sept. 2017 and began commercial service later that November.
We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause some of our customers. Our team will work with all customers impacted by these flight cancellations in order to rebook them to their final destination. Affected customers may rebook themselves on aa.com by retrieving their reservation or using our mobile app. If a flight is canceled, customers may request a full refund by visiting our website. Customers who booked through a travel agent are requested to contact their agency directly.
American is working in close coordination with our union partners, the Department of Transportation, FAA, National Transportation Safety Board and other regulatory authorities, as the safety of our team members and customers is always our number one priority.