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Southwest Quietly Takes Delivery of Its First Boeing 737 Max

  • Upgraded single-aisle jet nears debut at a U.S. carrier Oct. 1
  • Airline cancels party for new plane, citing Houston flooding
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Southwest Airlines Co. quietly took delivery of its first Boeing Co. 737 Max jetliner, canceling an employee celebration in Dallas to mark the milestone because of the devastation in Houston caused by Hurricane Harvey.

The jet’s Tuesday arrival at Southwest marks the first at a North American carrier for the Max, which has shattered sales records at Boeing. Record rainfall and flooding has shut down Houston, one of Southwest’s original markets from the early 1970s.