America’s Southwest Airlines Pilots Association has filed a suit against Boeing over lost pay amounting to $100 million as a result of the grounding of the 737 MAX aircraft.
In the suit, the pilots accuse Boeing of rushing the redesigned 737 to the market, prioritizing the company’s profits over safety, sound design, and engineering practices.
“We have to be able to trust Boeing to truthfully disclose the information we need to safely operate our aircraft. In the case of the 737 MAX, that absolutely did not happen,” said Jonathan Weaks, the Union president.
The union has been negotiating with Boeing for compensation since early September but has not been able to come to an agreement.
Southwest is the largest owner of 737 MAX airplanes with 34 jetliners in its fleet, and has canceled more than 30,000 flights since the grounding of the aircraft in March after two crashes killed 346 people.
The airline estimates that by the end of the year, its passenger service will have been reduced by about 8% because of the MAX grounding, resulting in a decreased number of hours the pilots fly.
Southwest Airlines is a major American airline headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and is the world’s largest low-cost carrier.