Delta and Southwest Airlines Ready for Expansion

Southwest Airlines Boeing 777 MAX 7

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

Southwest Airlines Boeing 737

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

Southwest Airlines Boeing 737

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

AirTran Boeing 737

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

Airport Flight Delays

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’

SouthWest new look

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 […]

Southwest Airlines introduces a Modern New Look

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Southwest Airlines introduced a modern new look to its iconic brand today at an event dedicated to its Employees. The airline proudly unveiled a new aircraft livery, named Heart One, airport experience, and logo. The new look puts the airline’s Heart on display, showcasing the strength of the nearly 46,000 Employees Companywide—whose dedication can be […]

Boeing’s densely packed 737 version – Which Airlines would be Interested?

As airlines try to pack more passengers into their planes, ordinary travelers are feeling the squeeze. Now, Boeing is releasing an even more densely packed version of its most popular plane, the Boeing 737. I’ll examine why Boeing is launching this model, what it means for airlines, and how soon you could be flying in […]

U.S. News & World Report – Best Airline Rewards Programs for 2014-2015

To help travelers make the most of airline and hotel rewards, U.S. News & World Report today released the 2014-15 Best Travel Rewards Programs. This year’s rankings feature information on 27 airline and hotel programs. New this year, JetBlue’s TrueBlue frequent flier plan is the No. 1 Best Airline Rewards Program. Marriott Rewards once again […]