In addition to astute observations by other writers regarding the design and software issues with the MAX, I would add that the necessity of a flight control (the stabilizers) needed on the MAX, that other 737s do not require, makes this plane inherently less safe. Southwest should consider cancelling its orders in favor of the 737-800 aircraft. While I have been an enthusiastic admirer of Southwest’s business model for years and until now have used it as my exclusive domestic carrier, the addition of additional MAX models to the Southwest fleet will cause me to reconsider my choice of air carrier. I hope that Southwest will restrict future purchases of the MAX and instead purchase 800s and pressure Boeing to go back to the drawing board to construct a safer narrow body aircraft.
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