Is Southwest Airlines risking the entire company with its decision to keep flying the Boeing 737 MAX airplanes?
- Countries around the world are grounding the Boeing 737 MAX after a second crash soon after take off killed all people aboard an Ethiopian Airlines flight. This includes the European Union, Australia, China and others.
- Several airlines have similarly grounded their airplanes until all the data is in.
- Reports today conclude that the CEO of Boeing essentially talked Donald Trump out of grounding the airplanes, action that comes on the heels of large donations to Trump, and corporate visits to Mar Largo.
Add this all up, and if a Boeing 737 MAX crashes in the U.S., the world’s most incompetent lawyer will be able to paint a picture of an airline that couldn’t see what numerous other countries and airlines could see. An airline that cared more about profits and using its new airplanes than it did about passenger safety.
If that weren’t enough, comments that the airline is “confident” in the safety of the airlines could be considered false statements. False statements that led to deaths.
This scenario couldn’t possibly be worse, and the jury verdict would undoubtably and understandably be an enormous number. Maybe even big enough to cripple or bankrupt the airline.
It’s an awful risk that Southwest Airlines is taking. One can’t help but wonder if it is a foolish one.