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Some Southwest Passengers Believed They Were on a 737 Max Due to Common Safety Cards for 737s

Some Southwest Passengers Believed They Were on a 737 Max Due to Common Safety Cards for 737s

Passengers on several Southwest Airlines flights were confused over the type of aircraft they were on because the airline’s safety cards are labeled both for its older Boeing 737s as well as for the beleaguered Boeing 737 Max 8 planes.
The Boeing 737 Max was grounded in March following two crashes within the past six months that killed approximately 350 people. The safety card for the airline’s current 737-800 aircraft is …

Southwest Airlines Reaches Tentative Agreement with Mechanics Union

Southwest Airlines Reaches Tentative Agreement with Mechanics Union

Southwest Airlines said Thursday it had reached a tentative agreement with the union representing the airline’s mechanics.
The move follows the announcement of an agreement in principle last month. A tentative agreement reached in 2018 was rejected by a majority of members, bringing both sides back to the negotiating table.
“We are proud to announce we have reached a deal we believe is worthy of our members’ support,” the union said in …

Computer Outage Delays Hundreds of Flights Across the U.S.

Computer Outage Delays Hundreds of Flights Across the U.S.

Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines all experienced significant departure delays and blamed a computer issue Monday morning.
“Several U.S. #airlines are experiencing computer issues this morning,” the Federal Aviation Administration said on Twitter in the early morning hours on Monday, announcing at 8:40 that the issue had been resolved.
The problem stemmed from a computer program used for flight planning weight and balance …

American, Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott, Southwest, United Get Top Score in HRC Annual Scorecard

American, Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott, Southwest, United Get Top Score in HRC Annual Scorecard

American Airlines, Hilton, Hyatt Hotels, Marriott International, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines all earned a 100% score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Annual Scorecard on LGBTQ Workplace Equality.
The index rates companies on non-discrimination policies, employee benefits, support of an inclusive culture, corporate responsibility, and “responsible citizenship.”
“America’s leading companies and law firms are continuing to advance vital and increasingly rigorous policies and practices to protect their lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender …

Southwest Boeing 737 Max 8 Makes Emergency Landing Due to Engine Problem

Southwest Boeing 737 Max 8 Makes Emergency Landing Due to Engine Problem

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft that was being ferried to an aircraft storage facility made an emergency landing Tuesday shortly after takeoff.
Pilots on board Southwest Flight 8701 reported “a performance issue with one of the engines” the airline said, adding that “the crew followed protocol and safely landed back at the airport.
The aircraft was flying from Orlando International Airport to Victorville, California.
Before ferrying the aircraft to Victorville, …

DOT Forms ‘Special Committee’ to Review FAA Aircraft Approval Process

DOT Forms ‘Special Committee’ to Review FAA Aircraft Approval Process

The U.S Department of Transportation will form a special committee to review how the Federal Aviation Administration approves new aircraft, the agency said on Monday.
The agency is currently accepting nominations for members via e-mail and has appointed several interim co-chairmen including Lee Moak, a former Delta Air Lines pilot and former president of the Air Line Pilots Association and retired Air Force General Darren McDew, who headed the U.S. Transportation …

Southwest to Add New Routes to Hawaii, Add Inter-Island Service

Southwest to Add New Routes to Hawaii, Add Inter-Island Service

Southwest Airlines, which launched its first non-stop service to Hawaii on Sunday, will add additional non-stop flights in the coming months as well as intra-island service.
The airline’s first flight was from Oakland, California, to Honolulu.
The airline will add non-stop service from Oakland to Maui on April 7 and to Kona on May 12. It will inaugurate service from San Jose to Honolulu on May 5, and add San Jose-Kona and …