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Southwest Pilots Sue Boeing Over Lost 737 MAX Income

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Disgruntled Southwest Airlines pilots, frustrated by airlines/cost-of-boeing-737-max-grounding-exceeds-4-billion.html” target=”_self” rel=”nofollow noopener noreferrer”>the grounding of the 737 MAX aircraft, have filed suit against Boeing Co., the plane’s manufacturer, over lost income.

The planes have been grounded since mid-March after two separate 737 MAX crashes killed a combined 346 passengers and crew earlier this year.

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“We believe this lawsuit is meritless and will vigorously defend against it,” airlines-pilots-sue-boeing-over-737-max-grounding.html” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener noreferrer”>Boeing said in a statement “We will continue to work with Southwest Airlines and its pilots on efforts to safely return the MAX to service.”

There have been numerous delays in getting the computer software issue fixed and putting the aircraft back in the air with approval and certification from the Federal Aviation Administration.

And that, pilots say, is the issue.

As part of the suit filed on Monday, the pilots accused Boeing of misleading Southwest’s labor union about the status of the plane. As such, the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association said the planes’ grounding has cost its pilots more than $100 million in lost income, which it wants Boeing to pay. With the planes grounded, the pilots have had far less hours in the air and Southwest has had far less opportunities to simply transfer the

Southwest operates an all-Boeing 737 fleet, including 34 new 737 MAX planes and dozens more ordered. The airline has more 737 MAX aircraft than any other U.S. airline.

The pilots union said it was told by Boeing that the aircraft “was airworthy and essentially the same as the time-tested 737 aircraft that its pilots have flown for years,” the union said in a release. “These representations were false.”

Southwest has removed the 737 MAX from its schedules until early January.

The suit was filed in federal court in Dallas.

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Strange Odor at Oakland Airport Sends Travelers to the Hospital

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We have seen more issues with strange odors on airplanes in the last year or so than at any time, some so severe they required a diverted landing.

Now comes word that another incident has taken place, only this time it was actually inside the airport.

Four people were taken to local hospitals by the Oakland (Calif.) Fire Department on Tuesday after an unknown substance began giving off a strange odor at Oakland International Airport.

According to Fox News, the odor came from a small box at one of the ticketing counters that is used to discard items that cannot be brought on a plane via carry-on bag – water bottles, bottles of cologne or mouthwash larger than three ounces, etc.

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The airport played it safe and called the fire department, which sent a Hazmat crew according to the NBC TV affiliate in the Bay Area. There was no disruption to airport services, though four people were taken to the hospital to be checked out for precautionary reasons.

This is the latest in a series of numerous reports of odors emanating from a plane or airport just in the last year or so alone, much less beyond that time frame.

Some have been fumes that have forced flights to land.

Some have forced flights to divert to other airports.

Some have been so overwhelming that passengers and crew were hospitalized.

And some have even been visible – if you like your airplane cabin filling with an unknown fog.

The Oakland Fire Dept. is still investigating the cause of the odor.

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