Articles tagged “southwest airlines”

Southwest Learns to Adapt to 737 Max ‘Crisis’

Southwest Learns to Adapt to 737 Max ‘Crisis’

Brian Sumers, Skift

Southwest is concerned it is losing market share because of the Max grounding. That is likely true. But the Max is also forcing the airline to be more efficient about where it flies and when. That's probably helping boost unit revenue.

4 weeks ago

Southwest Becomes Latest U.S. Airline to Delay Boeing 737 Max Return

Southwest Becomes Latest U.S. Airline to Delay Boeing 737 Max Return

Associated Press

Many predicted that Boeing would have gotten its act together by now and that 737 Max aircraft would be safe to fly. It's still up in the air exactly when that will be, but there is hope for the busy U.S. summer travel season.

4 weeks ago

Southwest Airlines Prepares to Return Boeing 737 Max to Service

Southwest Airlines Prepares to Return Boeing 737 Max to Service

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

Southwest is good at the public relations game. Its executives know they can't rush the Max back into service. They plan a coordinated effort to show the public it's safe.

2 months ago

Southwest Will Look at Buying Jets Other Than Boeing 737s After 48-Year Run

Southwest Will Look at Buying Jets Other Than Boeing 737s After 48-Year Run

Brian Sumers, Skift

Southwest Airlines always is hesitant to mess with its secret sauce. But it's a gigantic airline, and it might benefit from operating more than one aircraft type.

4 months ago

Why Are Top Airline CEOs Donating Ahead of the 2020 Election to This Political Group?

Why Are Top Airline CEOs Donating Ahead of the 2020 Election to This Political Group?

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Airlines spend so much time massaging their public images every time they face a crisis. It's important to remember that for all the woke posturing from these brands, their leaders still often back the leaders more likely to give them tax breaks than support liberal social causes.

4 months ago

Southwest Airlines’ Pilot Union Sues Boeing Over Max Grounding

Southwest Airlines’ Pilot Union Sues Boeing Over Max Grounding

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

Boeing may have made some errors in the design and implementation of the 737 Max. But isn't the wronged party the airline, not the pilot union? We'll see what the legal system decides.

4 months ago

Don’t Expect Boeing 737 Max to Fly Before March, Southwest Pilots Warn

Don’t Expect Boeing 737 Max to Fly Before March, Southwest Pilots Warn

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

Southwest Airlines, as the largest operator of Boeing 737 Max, is taking a prudent approach to the aircraft's return. That's wise — customers are likely to need all the reassurance they can get when the aircraft returns to service.

5 months ago

Southwest May Share Boeing Max Compensation With Employees

Southwest May Share Boeing Max Compensation With Employees

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

Don't expect other airlines to copy Southwest. But the airline is producing less operating income this year than expected because it can't fly the Boeing 737 Max. That means employees are earning slightly less in profit sharing, so it makes sense Southwest might share some of its restitution from Boeing with workers.

5 months ago

U.S. Airlines Prioritize Some Flights Over Others When Summer Storms Hit

U.S. Airlines Prioritize Some Flights Over Others When Summer Storms Hit

Brian Sumers, Skift

Want to keep your summer storm delays to a minimum? Try to fly between the largest cities and book flights on the biggest aircraft. It's not a foolproof plan, but it helps. Airlines prioritize certain flights, and it helps to know what they are.

6 months ago

Did an Aggressive United Push Southwest Out of Newark Hub?

Did an Aggressive United Push Southwest Out of Newark Hub?

Brian Sumers, Skift

When United Airlines President Scott Kirby joined in 2016, he promised he'd boost share at Newark. Now Southwest is pulling out of Newark, citing a tough environment. Think this is a coincidence?

7 months ago

Southwest Air’s Paint Guru Keeps 750 Airplanes Looking Sharp

Southwest Air’s Paint Guru Keeps 750 Airplanes Looking Sharp

Brian Sumers, Skift

Peeling paint is a fact of life at an airline. But most carriers try their best to keep aircraft looking sharp. They view an airplane's livery as free advertising. That's why jobs like Corey Culbertson's are so important.

8 months ago

Southwest Airlines Removes 737 Max From Its Schedule for Another Month

Southwest Airlines Removes 737 Max From Its Schedule for Another Month

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

Southwest is the second major U.S. carrier to remove the Max from its summer schedule entirely. All eyes are on when Boeing can deliver a much-awaited software fix to restore faith in the aircraft.

8 months ago