Boeing Forced To Commandeer Employee Car Park For MAX Parking

Boeing has so many finished 737 MAX aircraft that it can’t deliver that they are running out of space to park them. Employees at the Renton factory are being asked to park elsewhere, as the paperweight aircraft slowly take over their parking spots.

The many 737 MAX aircraft currently parked in a carpark. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

It is a sad reminder of the position that Boeing is in, and how regular employees are being affected by the 737 MAX grounding.

What are the details?

The Boeing 737 MAX series has been grounded since two aircraft crashed earlier this year, killing all onboard. All 737 MAXs in the world have been grounded, with some stranded at various international airports around the globe. These aircraft are not allowed to fly anywhere until Boeing is able to prove that these aircraft are safe again.

How long this process will take is unknown, as the world scrutinizes the aircraft and the fixes Boeing is rolling out.


As the cause of the crash is software related not hardware, Boeing is still building the plane, albeit at a reduced rate of 42 per month. Normally, once they have completed a 737 MAX, it is flown to the customer’s hub airport for delivery somewhere in the world. But Boeing is unable to deliver these aircraft to their customers until flight approval is confirmed by the FAA.

So where do they put their completed aircraft? Having run out of space in hangars and assigned aircraft parking, Boeing are turning to the employee car park!

Boeing has run out of room

According to Huffpost, Boeing has run out of room at the airport to store these aircraft. As such, they have had to slowly take over various car parks around the facility and store the aircraft back to back.

“We are using resources across the Boeing enterprise during the pause in 737 MAX deliveries,” spokesman Paul Bergman said in an emailed statement to Huffpost, “including our facilities in Puget Sound, Boeing San Antonio and at Moses Lake in Grant County, Washington. ”

There are over 100 737 MAX aircraft currently complete and awaiting delivery, according to a report from Bloomberg, and the factory is still producing them at 42 a month. What will happen when Boeing runs out of room remains to be seen. Overall, Boeing has 500 737 MAX aircraft grounded around the world.

Which airlines have the most aircraft in waiting?

Of the airlines who operate the plane, who has suffered the most from the 737 MAX grounding?

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737 MAX deliveries as of Feb 2019. Photo: Wikimedia

Some sources are stating that this 737 MAX issue has already cost Boeing over $1 Billion USD.

What do you think? Is Boeing running out of room to store these aircraft?

11 comments
  1. And yet, despite these extraordinary images/reports, there’s still no official timeline for re-certification of the MAX. There are no official statements…just rumors and hot air. I wonder at what juncture a decision will (have to) be made to actually halt production of the aircraft altogether? Assuming, this is, that there’s anyone at Boeing capable of making a decision.
    Contrast that with the Dreamliner battery issues a few years ago. We were told what the problem was, what the solution was, what the design/test/approval scheme was…it was a relatively clear process compared to the present, endless muddle.

    1. The other thing with the Dreamliner was that not many were in service, nothing like the 350+ MAXs that are currently parked up all over the world. Even if Boeing do fix the MAX by September (which I’m not confident on), that’s another three months of production – more than 120 planes! That’s a massive amount to store if they’re already running out of space.

  2. I must say that I really enjoy your articles guys. They are quite extensive and they have always some extra bonusses like which Airline has most airplanes grounded. Keep up the good work!!

  3. I agree with what you, Nigel, says.”..still no official timeline for re-certifiction of the MAX. Still no official statements to this regard..just rumours and hot air” ” assuming this is , that there is anyone at Boeing capable of making a decision!”
    As the production line of the MAX continues to manufacture up to 42 of the aircraft a month , parking space for storing the aircrafts, being it on a temporary plan, available parking space is coming to an end, what then? The production line will need to stop.
    It is like the clichéd saying , “the arm doesn’t know what the elbow is doing”
    Yes, parking spaces needed for the new,gleaming MAX 737 aircraft are becoming less and less. Somebody needs to tell the production
    Line, Wooah! Wooah!

  4. Wheen the grounding will be over, i would very much like to see a timelapse video of this parking space. That could be a show:)

    1. Definitely, although I’m not sure we’d be able to get hold of that footage… know anyone we can talk to? 😉

  5. Fresh from the press at Reuters:
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ethiopia-airplane-airlines/airlines-and-regulators-meet-to-discuss-boeing-737-max-un-grounding-efforts-idUSKCN1TR1FG
    Note this astounding statement in the link:
    “Boeing, the world’s largest planemaker, has yet to formally submit proposed 737 MAX software and training updates to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which will kick-start a re-certification process that could take weeks.”
    So, this confirms that everything we’ve been hearing up to now about return-to-service is fudge and wishful fantasy…

  6. “Normally, once they have completed a 737 MAX, it is flown to the customer’s hub airport for delivery somewhere in the world. ”

    No, even before the grounding, aircraft parking in Renton was an issue. They usually take off for their first test flight and don’t return. Once the test flights are completed, they are flown to Boeing’s delivery center at Boeing Field. There, they are delivered to the airlines’ pilots and staff, and become their property.

  7. Both Boeing and the FAA said the 737 Max was safe originally and even safe after two crashes when the rest of the world grounded them.
    Why would anyone believe anything they have to say about safety now?
    We are on our own for safety now so the safest thing is to just avoid the 737 Max.
    Southwest and United will let you switch aircraft for free to avoid the 737 Max.
    Not American so far.
    Delta doesn’t have any 737 Max. Even better.

  8. Well in the past, I wasn’t too concerned about which aircraft I was flying. It was more a matter of price.
    I flew alot Ryanair, because of the cheap tickets. Now, it is adifferent story. No matter what, if it is a MAX, I skip that airlines, even if the ticket is at 0,99 Euro.

  9. We have yet to hear about the worst possible scenario which is that the Boeing 737 MAX never regains its certificate of airworthiness because of design flaws baked in due to the size, weight, and location of the LEAP engines and their negative effect on the aerodynamics. There is a possible conclusion that these defects cannot be overcome with software and multiple angle-of-attack sensors alone, forcing the cancellation of the entire program.

    That will be the real shocker should it occur.

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