Southwest Airlines

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. …

Southwest Airlines Reaches Accord with Mechanics

Southwest Airlines Reaches Accord with Mechanics

Southwest Airlines said Wednesday it had reached an agreement in principle with the union representing the airline’s mechanics.
Over 2,400 mechanics and employees in related workgroups are represented by the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association, which requested mediation in 2015.
“I am pleased that we have reached an Agreement in Principle after these extended negotiations with the support and assistance of the National Mediation Board,” said Russell McCrady, the airline’s vice president of …

Southwest Airlines Reports Increase in Traffic, Load Factor for March

Southwest Airlines Reports Increase in Traffic, Load Factor for March

Southwest Airlines announced operational results for March 2018. As in the prior two months, the carrier reported an increase in its traffic, capacity, and load factor.
The airline’s total system traffic was 11.7 billion RPMs, or revenue passenger miles, a year-over-year increase of 3.7% from 11.3 billion RPMs in March 2017.
The carrier reported a total system capacity of 13.8 billion ASMs, or available seat miles, up 2.4% from 13.4 billion the …

Southwest Airlines Reports Record Load Factor for February

Southwest Airlines Reports Record Load Factor for February

Southwest Airlines announced operational results for February 2018. As in the prior month, the carrier reported an increase in its traffic, capacity, and load factor.
The airline’s total system traffic was 9.0 billion RPMs, or revenue passenger miles, a year-over-year increase of 3.5% from 8.7 billion RPMs in February 2017.
The carrier reported a total system capacity of 11.1 billion ASMs, or available seat miles, up 1% from 11 billion the previous …

Airline Industry CEOs Come Out Against Increase in Airport Tax

Airline Industry CEOs Come Out Against Increase in Airport Tax

The CEOs of Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines said Thursday they were vehemently opposed to current efforts to increase the Passenger Facility Charge, commonly referred to as the airport tax.
Their views were made known in a letter to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, which also pointed out that there is nearly $6 billion in unobligated funding in the Airport and Airway Trust Fund …