In scathing lawsuit, Southwest pilots’ union says Boeing 737 MAX was unsafe
Almost 10,000 pilots who fly for Southwest Airlines filed suit against Boeing
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October 7, 2019 - by Dominic Gates for seattletimes.com
The union representing almost 10,000 pilots who fly for Southwest Airlines filed suit against Boeing in Dallas Monday, alleging in blistering language that the jetmaker deliberately misled its pilots about the safety of the 737 MAX aircraft.
Filed on behalf of the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association (SWAPA) — whose pilots fly the largest fleet of 737s in the world — the lawsuit seeks damages for loss of wages and other costs due to the grounding of the MAX, which the union estimates at $115 million through the end of this year.
In a scathing indictment of Boeing, the suit directly attacks the manufacturer's integrity. It accuses Boeing of deliberately putting profits ahead of safety considerations.
The lawsuit alleges Boeing falsely represented that the "737 MAX aircraft was safe, airworthy, and was essentially the same as the time-tested 737 aircraft that SWAPA pilots already were flying."
"Boeing made a calculated decision to rush a re-engined aircraft to market to secure its single-aisle market share and prioritize its bottom line," the introduction to the suit states. "In doing so, Boeing abandoned sound design and engineering practices, withheld safety...
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