The union representing almost 10,000 Southwest Airlines pilots filed a law suit against Boeing for $100 million over lost wages from the grounding of 737 MAX jets.
The Southwest Airlines Pilots Association (SWAPA) filed a law suit in Dallas County, Texas on Monday alleged that the Boeing deliberately misled its pilots about the safety of the 737 MAX aircraft, saying 737MAX is “airworthy and essentially the same as the time tested 737 aircraft that its pilots have flown for years.”
“As pilots, there is nothing more important to us than the safety of our passengers,” Capt. Jonathan L. Weaks, president of the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association, said in a statement.
“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 critical information from regulators and deliberately mislead its customers, pilots and the public.” and continued
“Boeing’s misrepresentations caused SWAPA to believe that the 737 MAX aircraft was safe,”.. and “Those representations proved to be false.”
More than 30,000 flights scheduled on 34 Boeing 737MAX have been grounded by Southwest, which has resulted in an 8% decrease in service in 2019, and thus the $100 million in lost compensation, according to the SWAPA.
Boeing said have set aside $5.6 billion to settle the MAX customers.