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Articles tagged “southwest airlines”

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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?

8 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.

9 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.

10 months ago

Grounded Boeing 737 Max Jets Get White-Glove Care So They Can Fly Again

Grounded Boeing 737 Max Jets Get White-Glove Care So They Can Fly Again

Julie Johnsson and Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

Often, when airlines fly planes to the desert for storage, they never fly again. But this is different. Airlines need to make sure the aircraft will be ready to go back into service when the FAA lifts its ban. That requires considerable work.

11 months ago

Southwest Inks New Contract With Mechanics After Six Long Years

Southwest Inks New Contract With Mechanics After Six Long Years

Justin Bachman and Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

Six years to hammer out a new labor deal is an eternity. Everybody seems pretty simpatico — for today.

11 months ago

Southwest CEO: Return of 737 Max Jet Possible This Summer

Southwest CEO: Return of 737 Max Jet Possible This Summer

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

No CEO in the airline industry wants the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max to end more than Gary Kelly. But the situation gets more and complicated for Boeing. And that means Southwest's Kelly may need to think long and hard about Airbus.

11 months ago

Marriott and Southwest Airlines Top Annual Loyalty Awards

Marriott and Southwest Airlines Top Annual Loyalty Awards

Grant Martin, Skift

Despite a rocky integration with Starwood Preferred Guest, Marriott performed well in this year’s loyalty rankings. Southwest Airlines, meanwhile, continued its reliable drumbeat of dominance.

11 months ago

Why Southwest Canceled 10,000 Flights in the First Quarter

Why Southwest Canceled 10,000 Flights in the First Quarter

Brian Sumers, Skift

Southwest made a remarkable amount of money in the first quarter considering how many airplanes it had out of service.

11 months ago

American to Keep 737 Max Grounded Through Mid-August

American to Keep 737 Max Grounded Through Mid-August

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

Removing the Boeing 737 Max from the schedule will indeed remove uncertainty for consumers booking summer travel. But it won't remove cancellations from the fewer aircraft in operation. Time to adjust flying expectations.

12 months ago

Southwest Will Take $150 Million Hit to Revenues From Boeing 737 Grounding

Southwest Will Take $150 Million Hit to Revenues From Boeing 737 Grounding

Mary Schlangenstein and Kimberly Yuen, Bloomberg

Nobody should be surprised by this financial hit since Southwest had the greatest exposure to the Boeing 737 Max. Rest assured, the fallout will continue beyond just this first quarter.

1 year ago

Southwest’s Low Airfares to Hawaii Coupled With Soaring Hotel Rates Could Squeeze Vacationers

Southwest’s Low Airfares to Hawaii Coupled With Soaring Hotel Rates Could Squeeze Vacationers

Maria Lenhart, Skift

As Southwest Airlines ramps up its highly anticipated Hawaii service, fares from the mainland and between the islands are expected to become more competitive and encourage more tourism. The question is whether Hawaii’s infrastructure, which is already impacted by high room rates and occupancies, can handle it.

1 year ago

The Southwest Effect Is Already Impacting Hawaii Tourism

The Southwest Effect Is Already Impacting Hawaii Tourism

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Southwest Airlines’ entry into the Hawaii market is likely to bring more competitive airfares from the U.S. mainland and also on inter-island routes. The good news may be tempered, however, by rising hotel rates and limited availability in Hawaii’s most popular destinations.

1 year ago