I wanted to discuss how carriers without the 737NG in their fleets are coping with the MAX grounding. From a cursory Wikipedia search, I found two such airlines: Air Canada (AC) and Icelandair (FI). A couple of points to spark discussion:
- The fact the both these carriers don't have a 737NG fleet means that they also have pilots who cannot currently fly. From what I understand, carriers that operate the NG and the MAX can just roster pilots on the NG due to the common type certificate, but AC and FI cannot move their MAX pilots to other fleets without re-training them and making them lose their MAX certifications. What do these pilots do on a daily basis?
- Operationally, these two carriers also have a harder time inducting short-term leases into their fleets. I assume the A320-family (AC) and 757 (FI) pilot rosters don't have any slack to lease additional examples of such aircraft to cover the loss of MAX capacity? In the case of AC, a lot of the AC A320-family aircraft have been sent to Rouge, and I assume there is no slack in the Rouge fleet wither? Conversely, if the MAX grounding is prolonged, could these carriers lease 737NGs and have their MAX pilots fly them? I understand wet-leases may be non-starters due to pilot union contracts and such. Could an exception be made with the unions on board to add temporary capacity this way?
As a point of note, AC has 24 737-MAX8 delivered, which is 25% of its total narrowbody fleet, not counting the E-Jets. The 737-MAX8s outnumber the A319 (13+3 for charters) and the A321 (15) fleets at AC. At FI, the 4 MAX8s and 1 MAX9 represent about 15% of the total narrowbody fleet. The numbers are from Wikipedia, so they may not me the most up to date, but they provide an insight into the situation nevertheless.
Mods, I request you, please, to not delete this thread or merge it with the super-long MAX grounding main thread. I believe this topic has enough merit for self-sustained discussion, primarily for the following reasons:
- I'm not interested in discussing why the MAX was grounded, who is to blame for the accidents, whether the grounding was a good idea and so on. I want to discuss specifically how carriers without NGs are coping with the MAX groundings.
- The MAX grounding thread is long and discusses a lot of aspects, and I fear something like this would get drowned out quickly in the heated ongoing discussions in that thread.