Here’s How Enter Air Flew A Boeing 737 MAX To Tel Aviv

How did Enter Air fly a Boeing 737 MAX halfway around the world… when flying the aircraft is banned and the MCAS could sabotage the flight at any time?

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The Enter Air Boeing 737 MAX 8 that made the journey south. Photo: Enter Air

What are the details?

Enter Air, a Polish charter airline, has a small fleet of 23 aircraft. Twenty-one of these are Boeing 737-800 aircraft, and two are the Boeing 737 MAX 8. The airline has another four on order as well.

Unfortunately, due to the MCAS error that caused two Boeing 737 MAX aircraft to crash killing all on board, the 737 MAX series has been grounded. This means that Enter Air is banned from flying the aircraft anywhere in the world, much like all the other airlines that have ordered the type (and even Boeing, who has run out of room to park their 400+ undeliverable MAX aircraft).

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However, Enter Air has found that it needed to transport a single 737 MAX 8 aircraft from Warsaw to Tel Aviv, somewhat ignoring the ban.

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How did they fly it?

In order to get the aircraft so far down south, Enter Air had to keep their flaps deployed and fly the aircraft below a certain altitude.

This means the aircraft flew at (if compared to a normal Boeing 737) an excruciatingly slow speed.

It flew to Tel Aviv at Mach 0.49, 0.3 slower than a normal Boeing 737 (Mach 0.79). The aircraft also skipped over mountains flying at 19,000 feet (the MAX normally flies 35,000 feet plus).

Why did the aircraft fly to Israel?

Simple Flying reached out to Enter Air to understand why this aircraft was flown during the ban, but the airline has yet to reply.

Under the conditions of the grounding, Boeing 737 MAX aircraft can only be ferried somewhere for two reasons.

The first possible reason is that the aircraft needs maintenance. As the Boeing 737 MAX is still new and only just in the middle of being rolled out (before the grounding), likely Warsaw airport is not fully equipped to deal with the type.

The second possible reason, and far more likely in our opinion, is that the aircraft was being ferried to be put into storage.

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The route of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. Photo: Flight Radar 24

There is one big difference between Warsaw and Tel Aviv. One city gets bone-chillingly cold winters that are full of rain, snow and ice. The other is located near a desert and has plenty of open space to store aircraft.

Enter Air likely moved the aircraft to Tel Aviv for the long haul, where the low humidity will not wreck the important electronics of the aircraft. We have seen other airlines do the same with the Boeing 737 MAXs, like Silk Air moving their aircraft to outback Australia. 

According to Plane Spotters, both of the aircraft are currently ‘stored’. We might see the twin of the aircraft now in Tel Aviv make the same journey in the near future.

What do you think of this news? Let us know in the comments for this article.

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crik

Warsaw to Tel Aviv is ‘halfway around the world’…?

Luke Vader

Ha, yeah, had no idea that Europe and the Middle East are so far apart. But it’s good to learn something new every day. 🙂

Raphael

It definitely not halfway, it’s actually a pretty short flight. Flown that route once…

David

Warsaw has a full equipped maintenance center for 737MAX from LOT-AMS. A problem is a climate, in Warsaw its about 2*C now. Also Tel Aviv is much cheaper than Europe

Gerry S

It is all relative. Like Americans don't consider Las Vegas to be half-way across the continent from Kentucky, even though it is.

High Mile Club

Vegas borders Arizona and California, and on the western side of the rockies. So it’s a bit more than just halfway across the country from Kentucky.

Mayer

ISRAEL GETS AWAY EVEN WITH MURDER

Rob from Canada

It is my understanding that the 737 MAX is banned from flying as a commercial transport aircraft, but ferry flights for purposes of maintenance and storage are permitted. The article even acknowledges these exceptions to the grounding order. There appears to be nothing unusual about a flight like this, and if the airline requested and received air traffic control clearance for the flight plan, it seems inaccurate to say, as the article did, that the grounding order was “somewhat ignored”.

Gerry S

I think your server misdirected you Mayer. This is an aviation site.

Anonymous

TEL AVIV is not near the desert. TLV airport is 15 km from the sea. High humidity. Rainy season. Temp are 10-20 c. And the airport is very crowded with no extra space … I think LOT should give the cause to this ferry flight

Daniel Baglietto Seymour

Mayer stop using this aviation forum to vent your antisemitism!!! Why don t you mention countries like Iran N Korea and others where human rights are non existant and the authorities have no regard for human rights that they shoot down passenger planes full of innocent lives! Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East! Get Real mayer!!

Robert Smith

Tel-Aviv is not near the desert. FYI

Yarden

Not quite. Tel Aviv although located merely 2 hours drive from a dry desert is still located in the Mediterranean basin and therefore is very humid. The humidity index in Tel Aviv is usually around 55-75% which is far from the ideal condition to store an aircraft. Nevertheless, Ben Gurion airport hosts the BEDEK facilities of the IAI (Israel Aircraft Industries) where it provides maintenance services for many types of aircraft, from converting passenger jetliners to cargo, converting jetliners into tankers, AWACS planes and as far as other simple maintenance services which Warsaw doesn’t have.