Southwest Pilots’ Union To Ask Boeing for Compensation for 737 MAX Groundings, Report Says
This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.
The Southwest Airlines pilots’ union plans to request compensation from Boeing for lost wages and legal fees caused by the Boeing 737 MAX groundings that began in March, reported CNBC.
An unidentified person who CNBC said was familiar with the matter said that Southwest MAX pilots lose $8.5 million per month while the planes sit unused.
The Southwest Allied Pilots Association (SWAPA) has issued statements on the MAX groundings in the past, but has mostly focused on passenger and crew safety surrounding the Federal Aviation Administration’s decision to let the planes fly again. The union’s concerns have surrounded the maneuvering characteristics augmentation system (MCAS) — which has been implicated in the deaths of 346 passengers in two fatal 737 MAX crashes — as well as pilot training.
SWAPA reportedly will ask Boeing to cover legal fees for the union, which has had to comply with the Department of Justice’s investigation of the manufacturer’s new planes. It is additionally plans to ask Boeing to compensate pilots for lost wages since the planes left service. With 34 MAXes, Southwest operates the largest 737 MAX fleet in the world, making the airline particularly vulnerable to the impact of the aircraft groundings.
The union did not cite a specific amount in the report, instead saying it is “seeking compensation and reimbursement from Boeing for every dollar legally available to be challenged, when the MAX issues are resolved.”
Photo credit MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images.
Welcome to The Points Guy!
Earn 90,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 in purchases within the first three months of card membership. Plus, earn a $200 statement credit after your first Delta purchase within the first three months. Offer ends 7/28/21.
With Status Boost™, earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to two times per year getting you closer to Medallion Status. Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels, 2X Miles at restaurants and at U.S. supermarkets and earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.
- Limited Time Offer: Earn 90,000 Bonus Miles after spending $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months and a $200 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months. Offer expires 7/28/2021.
- Limited Time Offer: Plus, get a 0% intro APR on purchases for 12 months from the date of account opening, then a variable 15.74%-24.74%. Offer expires 7/28/2021.
- Accelerate your path to Medallion Status, with Status Boost®. Plus, in 2021 you can earn even more bonus Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) to help you reach Medallion Status.
- Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels.
- Earn 2X Miles at restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery and at U.S. supermarkets.
- Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card. *Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $75 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.
- Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
- Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®.
- Enjoy an exclusive rate of $39 per person per visit to enter the Delta Sky Club® for you and up to two guests when traveling on a Delta flight.
- No Foreign Transaction Fees.
- $250 Annual Fee.
- Terms Apply.
- See Rates & Fees