Articles tagged “southwest airlines”

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.

6 days 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.

2 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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.

2 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.

3 months 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.

3 months 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.

4 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.

4 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.

4 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.

5 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.

5 months ago