Legal update: Worldwide grounding of Boeing 737 Max aircraft

18 March 2019

Legal update: Worldwide grounding of Boeing 737 Max aircraft

Airworthiness authorities worldwide have adopted the ban imposed by the CAA, EASA, China, India, and others and since 13 March 2019 the FAA.

These unprecedented events give rise to a raft of national and international legal implications for the aerospace industry at all levels.

As of 31 January 2019, Boeing reportedly had 5,011 firm orders from 79 identified customers for the 737 Max series, with over 350 delivered.

According to the CAA, there are currently five 737-8 Max aircraft registered and operational in the UK, a sixth was planned to commence operations later this week.

Many more will be subject to operating or finance leases and related financings and support contracts which will often be governed by English law.

Our aviation team led by Philip Shepherd QC is dedicated to providing airlines, lessors, lessees, financiers, insurers and other interested entities with timely advice on the legal implications of the grounding by airworthiness authorities worldwide of the Boeing 737-8 and 9 Max.

Our members have decades of specialist experience of the issues now facing the aerospace industry – the impact on airline operations and related contractual commitments, the effect leases and financings, sale and purchase agreements and related issues.

A seminar to examine the issues referred to above will take place on Tuesday 30th April 2019.  To confirm your attendance please contact

For all other enquiries, please contact Paul Horsfield.