Reportedly, Boeing (NYSE: BA) has been sued by the union of Southwest Airlines Co. pilots, the largest operator of it’s Max aircraft for rushing the output of the 737 Max jet to stay competitive and confining key information about features which contributed to two fatal crashes. The union is seeking at least $115 million for damages sustained throughout the year for lost pay and legal expenses, after failing to reach an agreement that began in late August.
Parking of its 34 Max planes and disappointed to get new ones on order has reduced at least $225 million from the airline’s operating income and caused major flight cancellations. The jet has not been in operation from Southwest’s schedule through Jan. 5.
The charges filed in state court in Dallas claimed that Boeing has risked with designs and convinced that training was not required as the 737 Max was an updated version of the previous model 737 Next Generation and no functional differences were shared including MCAS. The pilots were convinced to include the Max with other 737 variants under a new contract enabling easy unveiling of the new aircraft.
“Boeing abandoned sound design and engineering practices, withheld safety-critical information from regulators and deliberately misled its customers, pilots and the public about the true scope of design changes,” the suit stated.
“Had Swapa been aware of MCAS and the true extent of differences between the 737 NG and the 737 Max, it never would have agreed to pilot the 737, Max,” stated the union, representing nearly 10,000 Southwest pilots.
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