Articles tagged “southwest airlines”

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.

1 month ago

Southwest Airlines Sets Limits on Emotional Support Animals After Recent Onboard Biting

Southwest Airlines Sets Limits on Emotional Support Animals After Recent Onboard Biting

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

It's a shame for people who truly need support animals, but too many travelers have been abusing the system for years. It's nice to see Southwest doing something about it.

1 month ago

Southwest Is Inspecting Its Engines More Frequently Than Required

Southwest Is Inspecting Its Engines More Frequently Than Required

Mary Schlangenstein and Alan Levin, Bloomberg

Southwest is making the right call to inspect its engines more often than the Federal Aviation Administration requires. It has had two scary engine failures recently, and one resulted in a passenger's death. It's better to be safe than sorry.

2 months ago

Southwest CEO Says Assigned Seats Still Don’t Make Sense

Southwest CEO Says Assigned Seats Still Don’t Make Sense

Brian Sumers, Skift

You have to give Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly credit. Analysts are constantly prodding him to embrace tried-and-true approaches for generating ancillary revenue. For the most part, he resists. He doesn't want to mess with the airline's secret sauce.

2 months ago

Southwest Airlines Gives Up Free Peanuts Citing Allergy Concerns

Southwest Airlines Gives Up Free Peanuts Citing Allergy Concerns

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

Peanuts have long been associated with Southwest, so it makes sense this development is newsworthy. But in recent years, on longer flights, Southwest has given out more substantial and tastier snacks. If those munchies disappeared, that would be more disappointing.

2 months ago

Federal Auditor to Investigate FAA’s Safety Oversight of Southwest Airlines

Federal Auditor to Investigate FAA’s Safety Oversight of Southwest Airlines

Brian Sumers, Skift

The Department of Transportation's inspector general has several ongoing audits trying to measure the effectiveness of the Federal Aviation Administration. That's probably a nuisance to the FAA, but it's not necessarily a bad thing. Oversight is important.

3 months ago

Southwest Tries to Poach Customers Loyal to Other U.S. Airlines

Southwest Tries to Poach Customers Loyal to Other U.S. Airlines

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

This strategy is nothing new for major airlines. They all try to steal passengers from their competitors using lucrative frequent flyer promotions. But Southwest has played this game less often, because in the past, it wasn't much of a competitor to Delta, American and United. But times change, and Southwest apparently is betting it can play in the big leagues.

3 months ago

Why the Threat of U.S. Airline Strikes Might Be a Thing of the Past

Why the Threat of U.S. Airline Strikes Might Be a Thing of the Past

Justin Bachman and Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

The U.S. aviation landscape has changed a lot over the last decade with a series of mergers cutting the number of carriers. Not only has this shored up their financials, but it has also made strike action less likely. A good thing for management maybe but not so good for employees looking for a better deal.

3 months ago

Hawaiian Airlines CEO on Staying Small While Withstanding Competition

Hawaiian Airlines CEO on Staying Small While Withstanding Competition

Brian Sumers, Skift

In the airline industry, bigger is almost always better. But Hawaiian Airlines is betting its unique niche will help it as more competitors add capacity in its markets. Still, the airline could someday be a takeover target for another airline that wants to grow.

4 months ago

Airlines Aren’t Passing on Higher Fuel Costs to Passengers Because of Competition

Airlines Aren’t Passing on Higher Fuel Costs to Passengers Because of Competition

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

Remember when airline CEOs argued mergers would benefit consumers because it would create more formidable competitors? It's looking like they were right — at least short term. Fuel prices are surging, and airline executives would love to raise fares. But it's hard for one airline to pass on added costs to travelers if the pack doesn't follow. For now, the pack isn't following.

4 months ago

Hawaiian Airlines Promises It’s Ready for Whatever Southwest Plans

Hawaiian Airlines Promises It’s Ready for Whatever Southwest Plans

Brian Sumers, Skift

Hawaiian Airlines executives are talking a big game about how they're ready for competition from Southwest Airlines. Is it true? Or are Hawaiian's executives nervous behind the scenes as they prepare for Southwest's Hawaii expansion?

4 months ago

Investors Are Giving Up on Gogo Even as Airlines Add Wi-Fi

Investors Are Giving Up on Gogo Even as Airlines Add Wi-Fi

Brian Sumers, Skift

Poor Gogo. Its stock is getting pummeled in public markets, and there doesn't seem to be a lot of hope among investors. How will the company respond?

4 months ago