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25 Jul, 2019 18:09

Southwest Airlines wants compensation from Boeing after grounding its 737 MAX fleet for rest of year

Southwest Airlines wants compensation from Boeing after grounding its 737 MAX fleet for rest of year

Southwest Airlines, the first major US carrier to halt all 737 MAX flights for the rest of the year, has entered into negotiations with Boeing over compensation to cover the cost of innumerable canceled flights.

The US carrier announced on Thursday that its fleet of 34 MAX planes would remain on the ground for the rest of the year, following two high-profile crashes involving the Boeing aircraft.

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Southwest said that it could take up to two months to return its MAX planes to rotation, assuming the aircraft is eventually cleared by regulators. The airline has also reportedly begun talks with Boeing over receiving compensation for the financial hit it has taken as a result of the MAX crisis. Boeing has set aside nearly $5 billion to compensate its customers.

Many global airlines have grounded their fleets of 737 MAX aircraft since mid-March, following crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia that killed 346 people in total.
An investigation into MAX crashes has revealed, among other things, that the majority of Boeing 737s had a non-working alert for faulty sensor data. The problem was never fixed, however, and the company failed to inform the FAA until one of its planes crashed.

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