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A Southwest 737 MAX at Paine Field (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Katie Bailey)

Boeing and Southwest Finalize Major Boeing 737 MAX Order

Boeing and Southwest Airlines on Monday announced a new order for 100 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, with options for an additional 155 options in two variants including the 737 MAX 7 and 737 MAX 8. Southwest had been exploring options to modernize the most prominent aircraft type in its fleet: the 737-700. With the new agreement, the airline reaffirmed the 737 MAX 7 as its preferred replacement and growth aircraft. The aircraft will complement the 737 MAX 8, which meets…

Southwest Set to Start 737 MAX Return-to-Service on March 11…

Two years after the Boeing 737 MAX was first grounded on March 10, 2019, Southwest Airlines — the largest U.S. operator of the type — is ready to fly it again. This week, the carrier will relaunch the MAX to 15 of its key cities across the United States, including…

Southwest Releases Schedule For Service To Fresno, Santa Barbara

The prolonged COVID-19 catastrophe has proven to be a daunting obstacle for the airline industry, one that has forced airlines to question their traditional methods for operating and marketing flight routes through their fortified hubs. As a result, major U.S. carriers have had to make tough decisions on where to…

Calls for Airline Relief Grows As Southwest Announces Furloughs

The impasse in Washington, D.C. has finally hit one of the United States’ most stable airlines in the country. Late last week, Southwest Airlines detailed the planned furlough of up to 7,000 employees. The furloughs would be the first in the airline's over 50-year history. Airline executives have been proud…

Southwest Plans Sarasota Launch Despite Seeing Demand Dip

As summer travel begins to dip and COVID-19 numbers climb in the United States, carrier Southwest Airlines warned that the trend is affecting demand. The airline says that demand for the next two months has slowed after months of positive trends. The carrier says that this will play a big…

Southwest Looks to Network Diversification in Third Quarter Results

On Oct. 22 Southwest Airlines announced the company’s third-quarter financial results. As expected the airline posted a large loss and continues a high level of daily cash burn as the industry continues to navigate the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. The airline also announced a change to the passenger experience…

Southwest Adds Chicago O’Hare, Houston Intercontinental Service

Throughout its history, Southwest Airlines has favored smaller, less busy airports, that are often close to major city centers. This has worked well for the airline in cities like Chicago and Dallas, where the airline has had a virtual monopoly at Chicago Midway and Houston Hobby. The airline has famously…

Southwest Adds Montrose; Loads Miami, Palm Springs Routes

Southwest Airlines has made leisure travel the focal point of its Covid-19 recovery plan. For the winter the airline believes that travelers will be heading to the slopes. In August the airline announced it would begin seasonal service to Steamboat Springs from Denver and Dallas Love. Now the airline has…

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…

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…