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Southwest pilots' union head blasts Boeing over handling of 737 MAX

Southwest Airlines' Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.
Southwest Airlines' Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Jon Weaks, the president of Southwest Airlines' pilot union, on Wednesday accused Boeing of pressuring regulators to fast-track the ungrounding of the 737 MAX aircraft in a memo to the union's members.

"Boeing will never, and should not ever, be given the benefit of the doubt again. The combination of arrogance, ignorance, and greed should and will haunt Boeing for eternity."

Report: Southwest risks grounding of 3 dozen jets over safety concerns

A Southwest Airline plane
Photo: Robert Alexander/Getty Images

Southwest Airline Co. currently lacks the proper paperwork to confirm that three dozen of its jets meet all federal safety standards as regulators consider grounding the planes, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Why it matters: "Southwest's difficulty documenting the maintenance history of the used planes is unusual," writes the Journal.