Articles tagged “southwest airlines”

Shutdown Puts Southwest’s Hawaii Service on Ice

Shutdown Puts Southwest’s Hawaii Service on Ice

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

Southwest hasn't given a new start date, which likely means its plans are somewhat up in the air. The length of the delay will depend on how long the standoff in Washington continues.

5 days ago

JetBlue’s Great European Tease Is Almost Over

JetBlue’s Great European Tease Is Almost Over

Brian Sumers, Skift

Will JetBlue expand to Europe? It's not clear. There are some strong reasons for, and some strong reasons against. The good news: The airline plans to share its decision at some point this year.

1 week ago

Southwest Airlines Drops One of Its Wi-Fi Providers

Southwest Airlines Drops One of Its Wi-Fi Providers

Brian Sumers, Skift

Southwest has been stingy with the details here. Why did it sever a contract with one of its two Wi-Fi providers? Was it because the platform had spotty service? Or was there another reason?

3 weeks ago

How Southwest Airlines Looks to Grow in Los Angeles

How Southwest Airlines Looks to Grow in Los Angeles

Brian Sumers, Skift

It has been a long time since Los Angeles International Airport has seen real gate growth. It's nice to see the airport considering some expansion.

2 months ago

Southwest CEO: Cheaper Fuel Won’t Change Our 2019 Game Plan

Southwest CEO: Cheaper Fuel Won’t Change Our 2019 Game Plan

Brian Sumers, Skift

Given Southwest's track record and strong balance sheet, some analysts wonder why the airline keeps hedging fuel. But the airline is sticking with its strategy.

2 months ago

Southwest Airlines Expects Its Cost Control Issues Will Linger

Southwest Airlines Expects Its Cost Control Issues Will Linger

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

Historically, Southwest Airlines has been all about cost control, and that has served it well. But remember, there's more to producing profit than cost containment. The airline has a lot more revenue opportunities than ever before, so it should be fine. It might be in even better shape if it had premium seats and charged for checked bags, however.

2 months ago

Pilot Unions Say They Weren’t Warned of Boeing Safety Risk

Pilot Unions Say They Weren’t Warned of Boeing Safety Risk

Mary Schlangenstein and Alan Levin, Bloomberg

Modern jetliners are highly automated, and in many ways they're more sophisticated than humans. But sometimes the machines don't work as expected, which is why every airplane needs two qualified pilots trained for any situation.

2 months ago

Southwest Airlines Follows Rivals by Making In-Flight Movies Free

Southwest Airlines Follows Rivals by Making In-Flight Movies Free

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

While free movies are a nice perk to have, many travelers are probably more concerned with getting free Wi-Fi.

3 months ago

Alaska Is Blaming Rivals for Weakening Hawaii Business

Alaska Is Blaming Rivals for Weakening Hawaii Business

Brian Sumers, Skift

Hawaii has been a profitable niche for Alaska Airlines for a long time. But now the market is under siege. Competitors want their slice of the profits.

3 months ago

Southwest CEO: ‘Number One Priority’ Is Controlling Costs

Southwest CEO: ‘Number One Priority’ Is Controlling Costs

Dennis Schaal, Skift

There's no way around it: Southwest's new emphasis on cost-containment, productivity gains, and other efficiencies doesn't provide an optimistic outlook for passenger experience. It should make Southwest a more profitable airline — if passengers go along for the ride.

3 months ago

Southwest Airlines Will Take Only Boeing’s Newest Model Jets From Now On

Southwest Airlines Will Take Only Boeing’s Newest Model Jets From Now On

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

Southwest is growing up. Two decades ago, when it received its first Boeing 737NG, it was a true discount airline, and its aircraft had a barebones look. Southwest's new Boeing 737 Max jets are upscale. The only thing that's missing is first class.

4 months ago

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Boosts Its Bets on Southwest and Delta

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Boosts Its Bets on Southwest and Delta

Katherine Chiglinsky, Bloomberg

It sounds like Warren Buffet is not spooked by higher oil prices. That probably bodes well for everyone else invested in airlines.

5 months ago