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Southwest 208 prepares for the journey to Orlando (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Ian McMurtry)

Opinion: U.S. Major Airlines Won’t Return to Normal Together

Everyone knows the aviation industry is in turmoil. We’ve been hearing about it since March, where people began to realize the impact on the industry would be bigger than what happened to it through 9/11, the 2008 financial crash and the Oil Crisis put together. Initially, it was the drop in demand due to people not wanting to travel. That then developed to actual travel restrictions that have grounded international fleets. So-called experts say that demand is going to first…

Opinion: Don’t Fault Airlines For Not Blocking the Middle Seat

Over the course of the past few months, airlines have taken a number of different measures to do their part to curb the spread of COVID-19. Most have mandated that passengers wear masks onboard. Some have scaled back their food and beverage services, as well as cut back their amenities…

Optimistic U.S. Airlines Reintroduce Hundreds of Airplanes to Service

The Big Three legacy carriers in the United States, including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines, will place substantial numbers of aircraft back into service in the coming months as demand for air travel continues to rise in the U.S. American Airlines Group will take over 200 aircraft…

Southwest Airlines Tops 2020 J.D. Power Rankings

The J.D. Power awards for airline customer satisfaction were announced on May 27, with Southwest Airlines taking the top spot in both rankings. The Dallas-based carrier was rated highest in both the long-haul and short-haul categories, besting the likes of Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines and JetBlue. Southwest Airlines scored…

Turkish Airlines Won’t Lay Off Employees for Two Years

Turkish Airlines announced it will resist layoffs and protect their skilled labor until the end of 2021, when it expects the aviation industry to return to pre-pandemic operation levels. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, airlines are conducting reviews to reduce their fleet size and replace aging aircraft with more efficient new…

Singapore Airlines Posts Heavy Losses Over Ineffective Fuel Hedging

Last week Singapore Airlines posted the first full-year loss of its almost 50-year history amid a collapse in demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic and some heavy losses on its fuel hedging policy. The airline recorded a net loss of 212 million Singapore dollars ($149.1 million) for the fiscal year…

Looking At the Second Half of Major U.S. Airlines’ Earnings

Last week, the first two of the four major U.S. airlines reported their first-quarter earnings. Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines announced a loss of $607 million and United Airlines announced a whopping $2.1 billion loss for the same time period. Originally, Southwest Airlines and American Airlines — the two Dallas/Fort-Worth-headquartered competitors…

DOT Says FAA Allowed Southwest To Endanger Passengers

A report released Feb. 11 by the inspector general at the Department of Transportation says Dallas-based Southwest Airlines put millions of passengers at risk by flying aircraft that did not adhere to basic U.S. safety standards. The 27-page report published Tuesday details how the airline operated "more than 150,000 flights…

Opinion: Why Southwest Airlines Matters — A Five-Part Series

As the battle between ultra-low-cost carriers and legacy carriers in the United States continues, few have taken time to pause and reflect on how Southwest Airlines, the largest domestic airline based on passengers flown in the U.S. in 2017, continues to thrive. This five-part series will discuss the overall state…

A Look at Southwest’s Upcoming Hawaii Flights

Last October, Southwest Airlines confirmed its intentions to begin flights to Hawaii in the future, following years of speculation. Last week during an earnings call, the airline released more information with Southwest’s chairman and CEO Gary Kelly announcing that flights would begin in late 2018, though the launch may be…