Southwest Airlines

Southwest Appoints New CEO, Kelly to Become Executive Chairman

Southwest Appoints New CEO, Kelly to Become Executive Chairman

Southwest Airlines announced that its current CEO, Gary Kelly, will become executive chairman of the board early next year. It also announced the appointment of Robert Jordan, currently the executive vice president for corporate services, to the position of CEO and that he will be appointed to the company’s board of directors.
The changes are effective February 1, 2022.
Mr. Kelly, who joined the airline in 1986, said he hopes to serve …

Southwest Airlines Celebrates 50th with Gift of 50,000 Award Points to its 50,000+ Employees

Southwest Airlines Celebrates 50th with Gift of 50,000 Award Points to its 50,000+ Employees

Southwest Airlines celebrated its 50th anniversary Friday by giving its employees 50,000 Rapid Reward Points each as well as unveiling a special livery on one of its 737 aircraft.
As of 2020, the company had almost 58,000 employees according to official records.
“Southwest revolutionized the travel industry since our very first flight on June 18, 1971 – a time when less than 15% of Americans ever had traveled by air,” said the …

Major Airlines Including American, Delta, Southwest Hit by Internet Outage

Major Airlines Including American, Delta, Southwest Hit by Internet Outage

Major airlines across the globe, as well as financial institutions and other companies, were hit by brief online outages Thursday.
The outages, which hit companies from Australia to Hong Kong to the United States, were due to a disruption at Akamai, a Massachusetts-based company that operates a global content delivery network, or CDN.
American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines all experienced outages at approximately 1 a.m. EDT that …

Delays, Cancellations Plague Southwest Air for a Third Day

Delays, Cancellations Plague Southwest Air for a Third Day

Southwest Airlines’ system failures continued for a third day on Wednesday as hundreds of flights were delayed or cancelled.
The carrier had been was forced to ground flights across the country Tuesday for the second time in less than 24 hours, amidst reports of nationwide computer issues. The problems for the Dallas-based airline began Monday night when a problem with a weather data application prevented it from safely flying its planes.
On Wednesday, …

Southwest Airlines Grounds Flights for Second Day in a Row After ‘Reservation Computer Issue’

Southwest Airlines Grounds Flights for Second Day in a Row After ‘Reservation Computer Issue’

Southwest Airlines, the nation’s third largest carrier, was forced to ground flights across the country Tuesday for the second time in less than 24 hours, amidst reports of nationwide computer issues.
The Federal Aviation Administration temporarily grounded Southwest flights due to a “reservation computer issue,” the agency said in a statement.
As of 2:30 p.m. CDT, the airline said that it was working to restore “normal operations.”
“We are in the process of …

U.S. Airlines Celebrate Pride Month

U.S. Airlines Celebrate Pride Month

Airlines in the United States are celebrating Pride Month this June in various fashions.  The list of carriers undertaking special activities to honor the LGBTQ community includes American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines.
United Airlines, in conjunction with partners JPMorgan Chase and Visa, announced that the three companies will offer United MileagePlus Visa card members extra miles. When members of the MileagePlus program make donations …

Southwest Swings to Profit in First Quarter

Southwest Swings to Profit in First Quarter

Southwest Airlines announced financial results for first quarter of 2021.
Bucking the trend amongst major carriers, the Dallas-based airline swung to a profit.
The airline reported first-quarter net income of $116 million, compared to a $94 million loss in the same period in 2020.   Revenue was $2.05 billion, down 51% compared to Q1 2019.
The company attributed the drop in revenue to the coronavirus pandemic-induced decline in travel.
Southwest said that its first-quarter profit …