Articles tagged “southwest”

FAA Wants Airlines to Speed Inspection of Some Jet Engines

FAA Wants Airlines to Speed Inspection of Some Jet Engines

Richard Clough, Mary Schlangenstein and Alan Levin, Bloomberg

Southwest has finished its inspections without finding any more fan blade cracks like the one that led to a fatal engine failure in April. Now authorities want other airlines to speed up their inspections of older engines with the highest risk of failure. Passengers would appreciate that too.

4 days ago

Inspections by Southwest of Jet Engines Show No Problems

Inspections by Southwest of Jet Engines Show No Problems

Ari Natter, Bloomberg

We still don't know why a fan blade failed last month on a Southwest Airlines engine. But the good news is Southwest has inspected 35,500 aircraft-engine fan blades since the incident and has found no major flaws. That should put passengers at ease.

4 days ago

Delta’s Investments Pay Off in Business Traveler Loyalty

Delta’s Investments Pay Off in Business Traveler Loyalty

Grant Martin, Skift

On one hand, Delta's frequent flyers have a less-effective loyalty program. But on the other, they're flying a great airline.

2 weeks ago

Failed Southwest Jet Engine Inspected 7 Times But With Older Methods

Failed Southwest Jet Engine Inspected 7 Times But With Older Methods

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

A preliminary report from safety regulators about the engine that tore apart on an April 17 Southwest flight did not draw any conclusions, leading to more questions about any potential abnormalities that may have caused the incident. But any transparency like this so soon afterward is better than the opposite.

2 weeks ago

Southwest Jet Makes Unscheduled Stop After Window Issue

Southwest Jet Makes Unscheduled Stop After Window Issue

Mary Schlangenstein , Bloomberg

Maybe it was a case of understandable jitters, but Southwest Airlines was not taking any risks on Wednesday when one of its flights was diverted to Cleveland to check on an issue with a window. Probably a smart move. For passengers, and for PR.

3 weeks ago

Southwest Engine Maker Wanted Inspections Before Tragedy

Southwest Engine Maker Wanted Inspections Before Tragedy

Mary Schlangenstein and Alan Levin, Bloomberg

It turns out CFM International, the manufacturer of the engine that tore apart on the Southwest jet last week, was preparing to request inspections before a passenger lost her life on the flight. That was based on an extremely rare failure on the same engine type in 2016. Will reforms be coming for safety inspections?

4 weeks ago

FAA Calls For Emergency Inspections of Engines After Southwest Fatality

FAA Calls For Emergency Inspections of Engines After Southwest Fatality

Julie Johnsson and Alan Levin , Bloomberg

It had been nine years since a fatality occurred onboard a U.S. airline. Regulators are scrambling to ensure a similar tragedy doesn't occur again by ordering emergency inspections of the engine type on the Southwest jet that did an emergency landing in Philadelphia. Smart move.

1 month ago

Southwest Airlines Accident Doesn’t Reflect a Crisis in U.S. Airline Safety

Southwest Airlines Accident Doesn’t Reflect a Crisis in U.S. Airline Safety

Joe Nocera, Bloomberg

This week's aviation news, which began with a 60-minutes report on Allegiant Air's questionable safety record and ended with the death of a Southwest Airlines passenger, likely stoked the fears of already nervous airline travelers. But if you look at the statistics, traveling by plane is still a much safer option than other modes of transportation.

1 month ago

Airlines Need to Work Harder to Recruit More Female Pilots

Airlines Need to Work Harder to Recruit More Female Pilots

David Fickling, Bloomberg

What's most remarkable about the lack of gender diversity among airline pilots is how persistent it has been. Despite plenty of talk about attracting more women into the role, they are still a tiny minority. Airlines need to do much more.

1 month ago

Weakness in Jet Engine Metal Can Stay Hidden Despite Inspections

Weakness in Jet Engine Metal Can Stay Hidden Despite Inspections

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

Experts say it's hard to fully identify potential weaknesses in jet engine metal. With so much attention focused on the issue following the Southwest engine explosion, new and better techniques should be developed.

1 month ago

Southwest Airlines Passenger Death Ends Nine Years Without a Fatality

Southwest Airlines Passenger Death Ends Nine Years Without a Fatality

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

Air travel in the U.S. has had a remarkable safety record in recent years. But there is clearly room for improvement. While the type of engine failure that killed a Southwest passenger is rare, a thorough investigation — followed by action — is essential to prevent it from happening again.

1 month ago

Southwest Engine Blowout Causes First U.S. Passenger Airline Fatality in 9 Years

Southwest Engine Blowout Causes First U.S. Passenger Airline Fatality in 9 Years

Alan Levin and Thomas Black, Bloomberg

This story was getting widespread attention even before confirmation that a passenger had died. It's every air traveler's nightmare. While nine years without a fatality is still a reassuring track record, Southwest — and all airlines — must learn from the investigation to better prevent such a catastrophe in the future.

1 month ago