Which airlines fly the Boeing 737 MAX 8 involved in fatal Lion Air and Ethiopian crashes

As an investigation is launched into the recent Ethiopian Airlines crash involving a Boeing 737 MAX-8, comparisons are being made to the October, 2018 Lion Air crash, which also involved a 737 MAX-8.

In both cases, the aircraft were brand new; the airplane that crashed near Addis Ababa was delivered to Ethiopian Airlines in November 2018, making it just four months old. Lion Air's Boeing 737 was delivered just two months before it crashed into the Java Sea last year.

So which airlines operate Boeing 737 MAX-8, and how many do they use?

  • Fiji Airways has two in service and three more on order. They're used on flights in and out of Auckland, Sydney and Fiji.
  • Air China has 15 on order, which are set to be used on domestic routes within China.
  • Air Canada has 24 on order for its domestic routes.
  • West Jet, another Canadian airline, has 13 on order for domestic flights.
  • Garuda Indonesia has one, but also 73 of the non MAX version of the 737-8.
  • American Airlines has 24 in its fleet, along with over 300 of the non-MAX version of the 737. 
  • RyanAir is looking into the MAX aircraft. It currently has over 400 of the 737 Next Generation aircraft.
  • Air New Zealand don't own or operate any of the Boeing 737-8 MAX aircraft.
  • Lion Air has 10 remaining that fly short haul routes around the Indonesian region.
  • Ethiopian Airlines have four remaining. The airline is in the process of modernising its entire fleet.

None of the 157 people onboard the Ethiopian Airlines en route to Nairobi from Addis Ababa on Sunday (local time) survived the crash, the airline said.