Southwest Airlines and US FAA were working toward accommodation today on a plan and timetable to replace unapproved exhaust gate assembly hinge fittings on some 49 of the airline's 737s. When the agency became aware of the existence of the unapproved parts, it issued a letter giving SWA conditional approval to operate aircraft with the parts for 10 days, a deadline that expires today at 5 p.m. local time (ATWOnline, Aug. 27). An FAA spokesperson told ATWOnline yesterday that SWA has come up ...

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