VIDEO: Grounded Boeing 737 Max 8 Aircraft Find New Home in Windsor
Several Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft have come to Windsor International Airport for some long-term parking and more are on the way.
There are thousands of people changing their vacation plans in the wake of a temporary ban on Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 planes.
Dozens of countries around the world - including Canada and the U.S - have ordered the planes grounded in the wake of a deadly plane crash in Ethiopia that killed 157 people including 18 Canadians.
Dave Robertson of AAR Aircraft Services tells CTV Windsor that the first Boeing 737 max 8 plane landed in Windsor late Wednesday afternoon with no passengers on board, not long after the federal government banned the planes from Canadian airspace.
"We service several of the Canadian operators, so they reached out to us to see if we had places for them to park the aircraft and, of course, we help out our customers just like everybody else does," says Robertson.
Even though they don't fly out of Windsor, he says AAR sees the planes come through for maintenance throughout the year.
There are now five Boeing Max series planes in Windsor and there could be a dozen by the weekend.
"We've had a steady stream of two at a time for the last little while but we'll have more than two here for the next few weeks," says Robertson.
There are currently 41 Boeing Max 8 planes in Canada.
AAR has five maintenance and repair facilities in the U.S. and two in Canada, all certified to service various aircrafts including all Boeing 737 models and the Air Bus
"This facility is able to service several aircraft types that don't actually have commercial flights in this airport, it's no different than taking your car to the dealership," says Robertson. "We'll have between six and ten on the ground. People driving by will be able to see them sitting on the ramp and all around the airport here."
As for how long Windsor Airport will host some of the planes, he says "that's anyone's guess."
— With files from CTV Windsor's Bob Bellacicco