A group of airline passengers claim that Boeing and Southwest Airlines conspired to mislead customers into believing that Boeing 737 Max jets were safer than they are.
Southwest Airlines announced in an email that it’s suspending Boeing 737 Max flights through much of the busy summer travel season. The announcement will ground the troubled planes until August 5, two months longer than initially planned.
According to the complaint, Boeing “effectively put profitability and growth ahead of airplane safety and honesty” by rushing the 737 MAX to market to compete with Airbus SE, while leaving out “extra” or “optional” features designed to prevent the Ethiopian Airlines and Lion Air crashes.
The European Union and India have banned the Boeing 737 Max from flying over their airspace to ensure passenger safety. In doing so, they joined a long list of countries in suspending the plane.