Southwest Airlines yesterday agreed to pay US FAA a $7.5 million fine to settle an enforcement action stemming from the carrier's operating 46 737 Classics for nine days in March 2007 after it had disclosed to the agency that the aircraft were in noncompliance with an airworthiness directive. The total amount represents a reduction from a $10.2 million penalty proposed by FAA last year (ATWOnline, April 4, 2008), but the agreement also requires the LCC to take a number of steps regarding its ...

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