Lion Air crash: Southwest, American use the same new Boeing plane in Indonesia crash


Southwest Airlines and American Airlines operate the same new Boeing 737 involved in the fatal Lion Air crash in Indonesia.

Southwest Airlines was the first airline in North America to offer scheduled service on the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, with its first flight from Dallas to Houston in October 2017.

Southwest CEO Gary Kelly praised the plane’s fuel efficiency and quieter engines when the service was launched.

“The Max 8 is the future of the Southwest fleet,” he said at the time.

Southwest had 23 175-seat Max 8s in its fleet of 742 aircraft as of Sept. 30, and has orders for more.


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