Travel News: Southwest Releases Statement regarding Trump Grounding of Boeing 737 Max 8

In a statement released this afternoon, Southwest Airlines noted they are fully complying with the presidential order to cease flying Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft and provided details on customers who may be affected.

They note:

“While we remain confident in the MAX 8 after completing more than 88,000 flight hours accrued over 41,000 flights, we support the actions of the FAA and other regulatory agencies and governments across the globe that have asked for further review of the data – including information from the flight data recorder – related to the recent accident involving the MAX 8. The Safety of our Customers and Employees is our uncompromising priority, and today’s action reflects the commitment to supporting the current investigations and regulatory concerns”

Additionally, for customers potentially impacted by a cancelled Max 8 flight Southwest is doing right by them. Southwest notes:

“Any Customer booked on a cancelled MAX 8 flight can rebook on alternate flights without any additional fees or fare differences within 14 days of their original date of travel between the original city pairs.”

That’s great news, and of course, not surprising at all. You can read the full statement here.

Earlier today the President executed an emergency order at the behest of the FAA to temporarily ground all Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft in the United States.

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The FAA noted:

“The agency made this decision as a result of the data gathering process and new evidence collected at the site and analyzed today. This evidence, together with newly refined satellite data available to FAA this morning, led to this decision. 

The grounding will remain in effect pending further investigation, including examination of information from the aircraft’s flight data recorders and cockpit voice recorders. An FAA team is in Ethiopia assisting the NTSB as parties to the investigation of the Flight 302 accident.”

You can read the FAA’s full statement here.

Stay tuned as this story continues to develop.

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