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Southwest Airlines Will Not Furlough Workers On Oct. 1

Southwest Airlines has announced it will not furlough or lay off any workers on Oct. 1, the first day it is allowed to per its CARES Act terms. Company CEO Gary Kelly made the announcement on Friday in a letter seen by AirlineGeeks. Kelly’s letter was cautiously optimistic, committing to keep employees working while reminding employees just how dire the airline’s situation is. Kelly wouldn’t rule out the potential for furloughs or layoffs down the line, but he did praise…

Southwest Warns of Airline’s First Round of Furloughs Amid Pandemic

While the demand for travel continues to slowly increase around the world, things are not all positive in the airline industry. Dallas-based Southwest Airlines is facing the possibility of having to carry out furloughs unless passenger numbers change drastically.  While the exact number of possible layoffs was not announced, it…

Masked Heart: A Southwest Flight Review During COVID-19

Seeing that restrictions on COVID-19 have slowly eased by some states in the United States and air travel is progressing towards normalcy slowly, demand for flying is returning. However, the airline experience is not what it used to be and experiences change based on the airline. While writers to other…

New York LaGuardia Airport Opens New Terminal B Hall

New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the grand opening of LaGuardia Airport’s (LGA) new Terminal B hallway yesterday, the largest milestone in the airport’s ongoing $8 billion dollar transformation. The 850,000 square-foot Terminal B facility will host American Airlines, United Airlines, Southwest Airlines and Air Canada operations and will be…

Southwest Releases Its Published Flight Schedule With New Nonstop Flights

Amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic and its massive economic impact on the airline industry, Southwest Airlines, looking for a big change and transformation for future travel, announced in a press release an enlarged flight schedule running from Oct.31 through Jan. 4, 2021. The airline intends to lure more leisure and…

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…

Profit-Sharing Continuing to Shape Major U.S. Airlines

All of the four major U.S. airlines have released the figures for their 2019 profit-sharing, each doling out hundreds of millions of dollars to employees across their networks. This year's announcement continues the streak of 'giving back' as the airlines — publically and proudly — reward employees for their role…

Changing Times: The Airline-Aircraft Combinations That Ended In The 2010s

As 2020 rolls around a decade of change has been brought to the airline industry and with mergers and acquisitions defining the 2010s, a round of aircraft removals drew headlines across the industry. So, as the next decade begins in under one week, let us take a look back at…

U.S. Airlines Extend Boeing 737 MAX Cancellations Again

The beleaguered Boeing 737 MAX has been grounded globally since March 13, 2019. Two of the aircraft’s largest U.S. operators believe that the grounding is going to continue to be nearly a year long. Southwest Airlines and American Airlines have announced an extension for the removal of the aircraft from…

Opinion: Is This How It Ends? Southwest Considering Airbus Orders…

Thursday morning brought the release of Southwest Airlines' third-quarter results. While Chief Executive Gary Kelly brought forth a number of interesting statistics showing the airline continues to be financially and operationally resilient despite massive troubles that continue to plague the airline's Boeing 737 MAX fleet, that wasn't the most interesting…