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Boeing Races to Win Congressional Reprieve for New 737 MAX Models - WSJ

Without a deadline reprieve, Boeing said in a securities filing that it might cancel both planes, resulting in further financial hits. Airlines have said they prefer common cockpit types for their 737 fleets. Carriers could instead buy already-approved MAX jets or planes from Boeing’s European rival, Airbus SE.

Failure to grant this waiver would have serious consequences for American workers and shareholders in one of our largest corporations. Boeing would lose market share and value that would take decades to recover.

We can always do more to improve safety, but the idea of having substantially different cockpit designs within the same family of aircraft is potentially a more dangerous proposition. The 737 is a safe, proven airframe.

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