Why Is Southwest Airlines Offering to Pay Boeing an Extra Half-Billion Dollars?

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Boeing’s Thursday update on plane orders received from its customers was a bit of a letdown — just one new order, for a single 787 Dreamliner, booked in the past week. And that’s OK. Sure, Boeing’s order book has grown by just one plane. True, it now stands at only 129 orders “net” of cancellations. […]

Southwest Opts for Roomier cabin with Order Shift to Larger Boeing 737-800s

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Southwest Airlines will switch all 31 pending aircraft orders for 2016 to larger versions of the Boeing 737 as the carrier expands within the U.S. and adds new international markets. The swap will bring Southwest’s 737-800 fleet to 135 by the end of next year, the Dallas-based airline said in a statement Wednesday. The move […]

Boeing’s New 737 MAX Is About to Make Flying a Little Less Horrible

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Two incremental but important changes—wider seats and redesigned bins—have been announced for Boeing’s new 737 MAX, which will take to the skies in 2017. This isn’t just about passenger comfort, either. The changes are also intended to make flying a lot more affordable. At the heart of the 737 MAX project is a promise to […]

Delta and Southwest Airlines Ready for Expansion

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While the U.S. domestic air travel market is mature, Delta Air Lines and Southwest Airlines are looking beyond domestic flights for growth. To capitalize on their ambitions, each airline is building a gateway hub. I’ll take a look at why they chose the airports they did and what Delta and Southwest’s strategies could be going […]

Southwest Airlines Completes Inspections That Grounded 128 Planes

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Southwest Airlines Co said on Friday it has finished inspecting 115 of 128 planes that it briefly pulled out of service on Tuesday when it discovered maintenance checks were overdue, and it expects to complete the rest this weekend. The Dallas-based carrier said the inspections, focused on the backup hydraulic systems of its Boeing Co […]

Southwest briefly grounds 128 Boeing 737s for inspections

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Southwest Airlines voluntarily grounded 128 Boeing 737 jets Tuesday night after admitting it missed a series of mandatory inspections on the planes. But the grounding was short-lived after federal officials agreed to let Southwest continue to fly the planes as long as they receive the required check in the next five days. Still, the move […]

AirTran Brand Set to Disappear Sunday

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Southwest Airlines will officially complete its integration of AirTran Airways – four years since announcing plans to acquire AirTran – on Sunday, December 28. After AirTran flight 1 lands in Tampa just before midnight Sunday, AirTran will officially cease operations. For many, Sunday is bittersweet; many employees are excited to complete the integration, but some […]

The Biggest Airlines, Ranked By Thanksgiving Delays

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Holiday travel is hell. Combine early winter weather with hoards of angry passengers rushing for their childhood twin beds, and delays are pretty much a given. So how long will you yourself get to spend sightseeing around a crowded airport terminal? Depends on who you fly. Since not all airlines are created equal, we’ve averaged […]

Southwest CFO Says the Only Challenge Is ‘What to Do Next’

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Southwest Airlines will focus next year on flying to the seven new international destinations it picked up from the AirTran acquisition, as well as the loosened restrictions at Dallas Love Field and new slots at Reagan National and LaGuardia Airports. But beyond that officials are pondering “50 points on a map” to decide where new […]

Southwest Airlines to use biofuels made from ‘forest residues’ beginning in 2016

Southwest Airlines announced Wednesday that it plans to buy some biofuels made from waste wood, for use in its San Francisco Bay airports beginning in two years. To use Southwest’s phrasing, it is purchasing “low carbon renewable jet fuel, made using forest residues that will help reduce the risk of destructive wildfires in the Western […]