Articles tagged “southwest airlines”

Is Warren Buffett Scheming to Buy a U.S. Airline?

Is Warren Buffett Scheming to Buy a U.S. Airline?

Bloomberg, Katherine Chiglinsky, Mary Schlangenstein and Lisa Du

Anything can happen, and trying to predict the future is a fun game. Still, it seems unlikely that anyone — even Warren Buffett — would want to take an airline private. As one analyst said, airlines generally don't make the best leveraged buyout candidates. But, hey, wouldn't it be fun to be surprised?

17 hours ago

Southwest Sues Mechanics Over Alleged Slowdown

Southwest Sues Mechanics Over Alleged Slowdown

Associated Press

Southwest executives usually tout the stellar status of their labor relations. It looks as though the feeling isn't mutual.

6 days ago

Warren Buffett Can’t Get Enough of U.S. Airline Stocks

Warren Buffett Can’t Get Enough of U.S. Airline Stocks

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

There's no doubt airlines are in better fiscal shape than during previous cycles. But is all this investor enthusiasm warranted? Many U.S. airlines are facing increased competition from low-cost airlines at home and abroad.

1 week ago

Airline IT Failures Expose Systems That Are a Mix of Really Old and New Technologies

Airline IT Failures Expose Systems That Are a Mix of Really Old and New Technologies

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

The likes of Twitter and Facebook have made it so much easier for passengers to voice their displeasure when things go wrong. Failures happen for a variety of reasons. The best thing that airlines can do in these situations is just be honest. Dedicating investments into new or upgraded systems is called for as well.

2 weeks ago

Delta’s Latest Computer Glitch Grounded Flights in the U.S. for Over Two Hours

Delta’s Latest Computer Glitch Grounded Flights in the U.S. for Over Two Hours

Michael Sasso, Bloomberg

After years of duct taping circuit boards and praying to a variety of gods, U.S. carriers need to take time out to invest in updating their systems. It will likely be a big hit to quarterly results, but it will pay off in the long term. Which airline is brave enough to make the first move?

3 weeks ago

Norwegian Will Be First to Fly Boeing’s New Aircraft, Not Southwest

Norwegian Will Be First to Fly Boeing’s New Aircraft, Not Southwest

Justin Bachman and Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

Southwest Airlines might technically be the launch customer, but Norwegian is going to get a ton of cheap publicity simply by flying the aircraft before anyone else. Isn’t that what being first is all about?

4 weeks ago

Southwest Won’t Copy Rivals With a Basic Economy Fare

Southwest Won’t Copy Rivals With a Basic Economy Fare

Brian Sumers, Skift

Yet again, Southwest is choosing not to copy United, American and Delta. Its independent strategy has worked well for the last five decades, so why change what works?

4 weeks ago

U.S. DOT Won’t Bring Anti-Trust Suit Against Airlines

U.S. DOT Won’t Bring Anti-Trust Suit Against Airlines

David Koenig and Eric Tucker, Associated Press

It was hard to make a compelling case for collusion and how it was hurting consumers during this period of cheaper airfares. If prices go up, tough, we may see this case revisited, no matter who's in charge.

1 month ago

Southwest Airlines’ Executive Changes Point to Long-Term Leadership Planning

Southwest Airlines’ Executive Changes Point to Long-Term Leadership Planning

David Koenig, Associated Press

This isn't too exciting, but it is what a responsible airline does.

1 month ago

Regulators: U.S. Airlines Did Not Gouge Consumers After 2015 Amtrak Crash

Regulators: U.S. Airlines Did Not Gouge Consumers After 2015 Amtrak Crash

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

This was an odd investigation. Airlines price tickets based on demand, so it makes sense prices would go up if more passengers sought to buy flights. That's not gouging. It's business.

2 months ago

After Mistake, Southwest Will Resume Suspended Flights to Mexico

After Mistake, Southwest Will Resume Suspended Flights to Mexico

Associated Press

For an airline that's been so consistent for so long, it's good to see them tripped up by matters that their peers would have likely caught before cancellations were necessary.

2 months ago

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.

3 months ago