Southwest Airlines has exercised 40 Boeing 737 MAX 8 options while deferring 23 737 MAX 7 deliveries, a fleet adjustment the Dallas-based carrier said was driven by the tax bill passed in late December by the US Congress.   The tax legislation, signed into law by US President Donald Trump, lowers the US corporate tax rate to 21%. The 40 737 MAX 8s firmed by Southwest are valued at $4.5 billion at list prices.   Southwest said it will receive 15 of the 40 aircraft in 2019 and ...

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