Southwest Airlines launched the Boeing 737 MAX 8 into revenue service on its network Oct. 1, flying from Dallas Love Field to Houston Hobby Airport for its first official flight with the CFM International LEAP-1B-powered aircraft. Southwest chairman and CEO Gary Kelly called the MAX 8 “the future of the Southwest fleet.” The Dallas-based carrier launched nine 737 MAX 8s into service Oct. 1 and will add five more to its fleet by the end of 2017. The airline plans to have a fleet ...

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