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Articles tagged “southwest airlines”

Southwest Failed to Get the Approval It Needs for New International Flights to Mexico

Southwest Failed to Get the Approval It Needs for New International Flights to Mexico

Brian Sumers, Skift

This is an oops moment. No matter whose fault it is, Southwest should have not launched new service to Mexico without receiving final regulatory approval.

1 min ago

American Airlines Sees Weaker Demand for Flights to Cuba

American Airlines Sees Weaker Demand for Flights to Cuba

Mary Schlangenstein and Jack Kaskey, Bloomberg

We've been saying for quite some time that Cuba's biggest challenges are on the ground and finding a place to stay, not getting there. It needs to find some solutions or more cutbacks are on the way.

1 week ago

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway is Betting Big on U.S. Airline Stocks

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway is Betting Big on U.S. Airline Stocks

Katherine Chiglinsky and Sonali Basak, Bloomberg

This is a classic contrarian move by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway. Investors have lost some patience recently with airline stocks, but clearly Buffett believes the nation's largest airlines still have considerable upside.

4 weeks ago

This Is Why Southwest Airlines Is No Longer an Investor Favorite

This Is Why Southwest Airlines Is No Longer an Investor Favorite

Brian Sumers, Skift

Southwest is almost a victim of its own success. Investors have massive expectations for the stock, and since Southwest is now performing no better than the competition, the company is losing its luster a bit. But the airline should be OK.

1 month ago

Why United, American and Delta Fear Ultra Low Cost Competition, Explained

Why United, American and Delta Fear Ultra Low Cost Competition, Explained

Brian Sumers , Skift

American, United, and Delta are all introducing no-frills fares to try to thwart Frontier, Allegiant, and Spirit. It might work, or it might not. But it's worth a shot. The Big 3 do not want any of the discount airlines to grow to be as large and powerful as Ryanair.

2 months ago

Southwest’s Tentative Deal With Pilots May Be in Jeopardy

Southwest’s Tentative Deal With Pilots May Be in Jeopardy

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

Airline pilots have not had this much leverage in a long time, and it seems they want to use it. This is fine as long as carriers keep reporting massive profits. But if the industry suffers another downturn, airlines are going to have a tough time paying pilots so much money.

2 months ago

Southwest Expects to Take its First Boeing 737 Max Ahead of Schedule

Southwest Expects to Take its First Boeing 737 Max Ahead of Schedule

Mary Schlangenstein , Bloomberg

The Boeing 737 Max is so ahead of schedule that Southwest isn't yet sure how soon it will be able to place its first 10 aircraft in service. For an airline, that's a good problem to have. Many planes are delivered late by manufacturers.

3 months ago

Southwest Airlines Adds Standby Perks for Elite Frequent Flyers

Southwest Airlines Adds Standby Perks for Elite Frequent Flyers

Grant Martin, Skift

Southwest just made traveling standby easier for elite members of its Rapid Rewards Program. Perhaps there is a good reason to fly that carrier for business travel.

3 months ago

3 Airline CEOs Defend the Complexity of the Industry’s Technology Systems

3 Airline CEOs Defend the Complexity of the Industry’s Technology Systems

Brian Sumers, Skift

There's a bit of blaming the victim (the consumer) in these words. Few in the airline industry think carriers have solved their technology woes, so passengers can expect intermittent outages to continue for the foreseeable future.

3 months ago

U.S. Government Fines Airlines for Not Disclosing Bumping Compensation

U.S. Government Fines Airlines for Not Disclosing Bumping Compensation

Associated Press

Airlines prefer to keep the compensation rules murky. It helps them wheel and deal at the departure gate when necessary.

3 months ago

Amid Labor-Management Discord, Southwest’s Chief Negotiator will Retire

Amid Labor-Management Discord, Southwest’s Chief Negotiator will Retire

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

Give the acrimonious relations between Southwest and its unions, an executive probably had to go. Randy Babbitt is 70 year old and led labor relations, so his departure makes sense.

4 months ago

Southwest and JetBlue Loyalty Plans Are Best for Free Domestic Tickets Says Study

Southwest and JetBlue Loyalty Plans Are Best for Free Domestic Tickets Says Study

Brian Sumers, Skift

Southwest and JetBlue might have the cheapest redemptions, but savvy frequent flyers generally still find more value in programs offered by American, Delta, and United.

4 months ago