Boeing faces shareholders amid renewed concern about 737 Max jets

Boeing Co.’s annual shareholder meeting is under way in Chicago amid worries about a heightened 737 Max backlash after news over the weekend that it left one of its main customers and a storied 737 backer in the dark about a safety feature.

Southwest Airlines Co. LUV, +2.06% the biggest buyer of Boeing’s BA, -0.40% 737 Max aircraft and a 737 launch buyer in past years, was not aware that a standard safety feature, available on previous models and meant to warn pilots about malfunctioning sensors, had been turned off in Max jets it had taken delivery of in 2017, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal that cited industry and government officials.

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