Southwest serves KC, St. Louis with Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft

One of the country’s largest airlines operates the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft in and out of Missouri’s two main airports. Boeing’s most popular aircraft, the Max 8 has been involved in two deadly crashes in the past five months. Southwest Airlines services Kansas City International Airport and St. Louis Lambert International Airport with the Max 8.

According, the airline most recently operated a flight from Sacramento to St. Louis Tuesday and has a scheduled Phoenix to Kansas City flight Wednesday night.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it’s examining the crash in Ethiopia that killed 157 over the weekend. The aircraft flies approximately 8,500 times a week,The New York Times reports.

A Southwest spokesman said Tuesday the company is looking into the Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed Sunday. The company is communicating with Boeing, the Federal Aviation Administration and other airlines as the investigation unfolds.

“We operate 34 MAX 8 aircraft in our fleet of more than 750 Boeing 737s,” spokesman Dan Landson said in an email. “We remain confident in the safety and airworthiness of the MAX 8. We don’t have any changes planned to our MAX 8 operations.”

Landson wrote that the company is not issuing refunds of non-refundable fares, but it is working individually with customers who are concerned about their safety.  

American Airlines, the other U.S. airline with a Max 8 in its fleet, also expressed confidence in its aircraft. The airline operates no Max 8 flights in Missouri, based on data and an airline spokesperson.

“At this time there are no facts on the cause of the accident other than news reports,” American said in an emailed statement.

The CEO of Boeing spoke on the phone with President Donald Trump on Tuesday,CNN reports.

The United States is one of the few nations not halting the aircraft,The New York Times reports.

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