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Southwest Reports Rise in Traffic and Capacity for May

Southwest Reports Rise in Traffic and Capacity for May

Southwest Airlines announced operational results for May 2018.
The Dallas-based carrier reported an increase in traffic and capacity and a slight drop in its load factor.
The airline’s total system traffic was 11.7 billion RPMs, or revenue passenger miles, a year-over-year increase of 4.2% from 11.2 billion RPMs in May 2017.
The carrier reported a total system capacity of 13.8 billion ASMs, or available seat miles, up 5.2% from 13.2 billion the previous …

Southwest Partners with iHeartRadio

Southwest Partners with iHeartRadio

Southwest Airlines announced that it began a new partnership with iHeartRadio.
Under the agreement, passengers onboard Southwest flights will be able to listen to iHeartRadio’s large variety of offerings at no charge.
Passengers may access iHeartRadio onboard through their personal mobile devices, while those who have the iHeartRadio app installed on their devices will also have access to their entire library and saved playlists.
iHeartRadio offers listeners a choice of thousands of classical …

Southwest Airlines Sees Traffic Drop for April

Southwest Airlines Sees Traffic Drop for April

Southwest Airlines announced operational results for April 2018.
The airline’s total system traffic was 11.2 billion RPMs, or revenue passenger miles, a year-over-year decrease of 0.2% from 11.23 billion RPMs in April 2017.
The carrier reported a total system capacity of 13.57 billion ASMs, or available seat miles, up 1.5% from 13.37 billion the previous April.
Meanwhile, Southwest’s load factor for the month dropped 1.5 percentage points to 82.5% from 84% for the …

Southwest Posts Record Q1 Revenue

Southwest Posts Record Q1 Revenue

Southwest Airlines announced financial results for the first quarter of 2018.
The airline reported a net income of $463 million, while total revenue for the quarter was up 1.9% to $4.9 billion, a record for a first quarter for the carrier.
In addition, the carrier announced that it would begin new service to four Hawaiian airports in 2018, namely Honolulu International Airport, Lihue Airport, Kona International Airport, and Kahului Airport.
The report follows …

Pilot of Crippled Southwest Plane Praised for ‘Nerves of Steel’

The Southwest pilot who successfully landed the crippled Boeing 737 on Tuesday after a midair engine explosion had “nerves of steel,” according to one passenger who was on the flight.
What passengers didn’t know is that their captain, Tammie Jo Shults, was one of the first women fighter pilots in the United States Navy.
Twenty minutes into the flight, a time when it’s normally tranquil, all hell broke loose. The left engine exploded, …

Despite Crash, Boeing 737 Has a Solid Safety Record

The explosion of an engine in midair that shattered a window that then partially sucked a woman outside of a Southwest Boeing 737 aircraft on Tuesday involved an airplane with an estimable safety record.
It was the first passenger fatality resulting from an accident on a U.S. airline in nine years and the first in Southwest’s history.
Somewhat surprisingly, it happened to an aircraft that is the mainstay of short-haul flights for …

Southwest Plane Makes Emergency Landing After Passenger Is Partially Sucked Out of Window

Southwest Plane Makes Emergency Landing After Passenger Is Partially Sucked Out of Window

A Southwest Airlines flight en route to Dallas from New York made an emergency landing in Philadelphia after one of the plane’s engines exploded and broke a window, causing a passenger to be “partially sucked out” of the aircraft.
One person, Jennifer Riordan of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was reported to have succumbed to injuries incurred when struck by explosion debris and partially sucked out of the cabin through a broken window. …