The Southwest airline began ferrying many of their 34 Boeing 737MAX jets to Southern California Logistic Airport in Victorville for storage until the MAX issues are fixed.
Airline got special permit to fly these planes to Victorville in sequential flight numbers in the 8700 series. The first plane flight #WN8700 was ferried to Victorville on 23 March, Southwest #WN8701 from Dallas, #WN8702 from Indianapolis, flight #WN8700 from Baltimore and so on…
Aircraft can be flown under special flight permit in accordance the FAA regulation; “Special flight permits may be issued in accordance with 14 CPR. 21.197 and 21.199, including to allow non-passenger carrying flights, as needed, for purposes of flight to a base for storage, production flight testing, repairs, alterations, or maintenance.”
Two large airplane boneyards exist in California today, the Southern California Logistics Airport (SCLA) and the Mojave Air & Space Port
Southwest decided store them in the aircraft graveyard, because it’s cheaper to park at Victorville than at airports.,
Southwest’s Boeing 737 Max 8’s being stored at Southern California Logistic Airport in Victorville while Boeing works on updates and the FAA will have to give them the stamp of approval to return to service. @CBSLA @StewartTVNews @KCBSKCALDesk pic.twitter.com/UebxmMgigY
— stu mundel (@Stu_Mundel) March 26, 2019