United to move grounded 737 Max planes to Phoenix Goodyear Airport
PHOENIX – United Airlines has found a temporary home in Arizona for its grounded fleet of 737 Max jets.
The aircrafts have been grounded since March following two fatal crashes.
“United Airlines will begin the process of moving our 14 Boeing 737 Max aircraft to short-term storage at Phoenix Goodyear Airport,” stated a United spokesperson in an email to KTAR News 92.3 FM.
The aircrafts have been stored in Houston and Los Angeles.
However, due to construction at Los Angeles International Airport and inclement weather in Houston, the decision was made to fly the planes to the desert.
The airline obtained ferry permits from the FAA to charter the 14 planes to Goodyear.
The grounding of the 737 Max has created an influx of storage problems for Boeing as they continue to produce new planes.
While they are parked on the tarmac, the company has hired temporary workers to maintain the aircrafts as they wait to be delivered to Arizona.
United anticipates the Max jet returning to service in the “early fourth quarter,” said Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg.