Video: Boeing 737 MAXes Overflow Into Employee Parking Lot

Jun 27, 2019

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Have you wondered where all of Boeing’s 737 MAXes have gone since being grounded in March? Aerial footage from King 5 News in Seattle shows that for at least for some of them, the answer is the parking lot.

As the jet manufacturer waits for FAA recertification for its single aisle plane, Boeing is being forced to find space dozens of MAXes fresh off of the assembly line, unable to be delivered. In the video, they can be seen packed wing to wing at Boeing’s facilities in Renton, Washington. The planes sit in varying stages of readiness, some in full airline livery for China Southern, American Airlines and a number of other international carriers; other jets are still awaiting paint jobs.

Some of the aircraft, including some painted in the livery of leisure carrier TUI, appear to be sitting alongside passenger cars in the employee lots at the factory.

“We are using resources across the Boeing enterprise during the pause in 737 MAX deliveries, including our facilities in Puget Sound, Boeing San Antonio and at Moses Lake,” Boeing spokesman Paul Bergman told USA Today.

It’s uncertain when MAX aircraft will return to the skies, but some airlines have already began adding the plane to their schedules as soon as September. Still, until the FAA clears the MAX for flight, they may continue taking up parking spots.

Featured Photo of the Boeing assembly plant in Renton, Washington, pictured before the groundings in 2018 by Alberto Riva, TPG.

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