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These 12 airlines have the most Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in their fleet

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      Ethiopian Airlines Flight
    ET302 crashed minutes after taking off from Addis Ababa Bole
    International Airport on Sunday.
  
  
    According to Flight Global, roughly a
    third of the 371 Boeing 737 MAX jets in operation have been
    grounded.
  
  
    Chinese airlines have the largest fleet with 97 planes.
    US airlines have the second most with 72 aircraft in service.
    
  
  
    Airlines with the largest 737 MAX fleets include
    Southwest, American, United, Air Canada, Air China, China Southern, and Norwegian Air. 
  

  Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302
  crashed minutes after taking off from Addis Ababa Bole
  International Airport on Sunday. All 157 passengers and crew on
  board were killed. 

  It was the second crash in four months of a nearly brand-new
  Boeing 737 Max 8 airliner. In October, Lion Air Flight JT610
  crashed in the Java Sea shortly after taking off from
  Jakarta, Indonesia, killing all 189 people on board.

  The Chinese, Ethiopian, and Indonesia government have
  grounded the 737 MAX aircraft operated by their domestic
  airlines. 

  
    Read more: The Boeing 737 Max plane, which
  has been involved in 2 deadly crashes in 5 months, is used by
  American Airlines, Southwest, and United. Here's how to find out
  if you're flying on one.

  For now, the US Federal Aviation Administration is keeping
  tabs on the situation but has not yet taken direct action.
  

  "The FAA continuously assesses and oversees the safety
  performance of U.S. commercial aircraft," the agency said in a
  statement. "If we identify an issue that affects safety, the FAA
  will take immediate and appropriate action." 

  In the US, Southwest, American, and United are the aircraft
  type's main operators. Southwest and American fly the 737 MAX 8
  while United operates the larger 737 MAX 9. 

  "We have been in contact with Boeing and will continue to stay
  close to the investigation as it progresses," Southwest said in a
  statement to Business Insider. "We remain confident in the safety
  and airworthiness of our fleet of more than 750 Boeing aircraft."
  

  "We don't have any changes planned to our operational policies or
  procedures," the Dallas-based airline added.

  American and United both issued statements reaffirming their
  confidence in the safety of the aircraft and the ability of their
  crews to operate the plane. 

  Other major operators include Norwegian Air, which uses the
  aircraft for long-haul flights from Europe to North America and
  the Middle East.

  "All of our Boeing 737 MAX aircraft are operating as normal and
  we are in close dialogue with Boeing and follow their and the
  aviation authorities' instructions and recommendations,"
  Tomas Hesthammer, Norwegian's director of flight
  operations, said in a statement to Business Insider.

  Norwegian also added that it introduced new training
  procedures for its 737 MAX pilots following the Lion Air
  crash.

  
    Read more: Two Boeing 737 MAX airliners have
  crashed since October - here are the airlines that fly the
  plane.

  According to Flight Global, roughly a third
  of the 371 Boeing 737 MAX jets in operation have been grounded.
  The vast majority of them, 97, fly with Chinese airlines. China
  is currently the aircraft's biggest customer. US airlines are
  number two with 72 aircraft in service. 

  Here's a closer look at the 12 airlines with the most Boeing 737
  MAX jetliners:

Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 crashed minutes after taking off from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport on Sunday. All 157 passengers and crew on board were killed.

It was the second crash in four months of a nearly brand-new Boeing 737 Max 8 airliner. In October, Lion Air Flight JT610 crashed in the Java Sea shortly after taking off from Jakarta, Indonesia, killing all 189 people on board.

The Chinese, Ethiopian, and Indonesia government have grounded the 737 MAX aircraft operated by their domestic airlines.

Read more: The Boeing 737 Max plane, which has been involved in 2 deadly crashes in 5 months, is used by American Airlines, Southwest, and United. Here's how to find out if you're flying on one.

For now, the US Federal Aviation Administration is keeping tabs on the situation but has not yet taken direct action.

"The FAA continuously assesses and oversees the safety performance of U.S. commercial aircraft," the agency said in a statement. "If we identify an issue that affects safety, the FAA will take immediate and appropriate action."

In the US, Southwest, American, and United are the aircraft type's main operators. Southwest and American fly the 737 MAX 8 while United operates the larger 737 MAX 9.

"We have been in contact with Boeing and will continue to stay close to the investigation as it progresses," Southwest said in a statement to Business Insider. "We remain confident in the safety and airworthiness of our fleet of more than 750 Boeing aircraft."

"We don't have any changes planned to our operational policies or procedures," the Dallas-based airline added.

American and United both issued statements reaffirming their confidence in the safety of the aircraft and the ability of their crews to operate the plane.

Other major operators include Norwegian Air, which uses the aircraft for long-haul flights from Europe to North America and the Middle East.

"All of our Boeing 737 MAX aircraft are operating as normal and we are in close dialogue with Boeing and follow their and the aviation authorities' instructions and recommendations," Tomas Hesthammer, Norwegian's director of flight operations, said in a statement to Business Insider.

Norwegian also added that it introduced new training procedures for its 737 MAX pilots following the Lion Air crash.

Read more: Two Boeing 737 MAX airliners have crashed since October - here are the airlines that fly the plane.

According to Flight Global, roughly a third of the 371 Boeing 737 MAX jets in operation have been grounded. The vast majority of them, 97, fly with Chinese airlines. China is currently the aircraft's biggest customer. US airlines are number two with 72 aircraft in service.

Here's a closer look at the 12 airlines with the most Boeing 737 MAX jetliners:

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