Southwest removes Boeing 737 MAX jets from schedule through March 2020
According to an SEC filing, Southwest is removing Boeing 737 MAX jets from its schedule, now adding more doubt into whether Boeing can get these planes back in the air.
The Federal Aviation Administration considered grounding some Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 jets, according to The Wall Street Journal.
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Despite not being able to verify that repairs on 38 aircraft met mandatory U.S. safety standards, Southwest continues to operate the jets for revenue service, according to the Journal, citing government documents.
Congressional investigators and the Department of Transportation's inspector general are focusing on used foreign aircraft acquired by Southwest. The FAA and Southwest found that the previous airline had not properly documented "a small number" of repairs made on some of its fleet, Southwest confirmed to FOX Business.
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The airline insisted the repairs were made, and blamed the missing paperwork on "differences in language and repair criteria."
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"Southwest has conducted a thorough audit of the aircrafts' maintenance records to ensure that every documented repair was captured and properly classified in our electronic record-keeping system," a company spokesperson said.