Southwest faces Tuesday deadline in FAA negotiations

08/31/2009 | Wall Street Journal, The

Southwest Airlines and officials from the FAA face a Tuesday deadline in reaching an agreement over dealing with non-approved parts installed on 82 aircraft. An attorney for Southwest says 30 planes will have the parts replaced by Monday, but the airline has said a complete fix could take up to three months. Both the airline and the FAA stress there is no immediate danger from the parts, which were installed by an FAA-approved maintenance contractor that Southwest has since stopped using. If the FAA refuses to allow Southwest to continue flying the problem aircraft past Tuesday, it could create serious scheduling problems for the airline.

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