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Southwest Adds Second Wave of Expansion in Hawaii

Southwest just announced the expansion of Hawaii operation, with new services to, from and within the islands starting in January 2020. A new daily flight will cover the route between Sacramento and Honolulu. In addition, new service nonstop between Oakland and San Jose, and both Kauai and the Island of Hawaii will provide a network of 18 daily flights linking California and Hawaii. The previously announced route between the islands and San Diego is yet to be detailed and subsequently added to the company's offering.…

Southwest Cuts Newark Flights, Reports Second-Quarter Results

Southwest on Thursday reported its performance results from the second quarter of 2019. While financial and operational performance was “remarkably strong," according to the airline’s CEO Gary Kelly, despite the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX, of which Southwest has 34, the airline has decided to cease operations out of…

Trip Report: A St. Louis Stop on Southwest

After publishing a Southwest trip review in 2015 based on my flights from St. Louis to Orlando, I assumed I wouldn’t need to go back and write another report of ‘The Symbol of Freedom.' Simply put, a Southwest experience is fairly similar for most routes. However, recent changes in Southwest’s…

Jamaica Sees Big Increase in Summer Flights

The Caribbean island of Jamaica is set to welcome more travellers this summer as 8.4 percent more air seats are bound for the destination, over 1.4 million in total. United States Jamaica’s primary source market — the United States — has been the source of the most growth with over…

Grounded: Southwest Ferries 737 MAXs to California Desert

As the fallout of the Boeing 737 MAX groundings continue to linger, Southwest has prepared for a long term wait on getting the newest variant of the Boeing 737 aircraft airborne again with some of their MAX 8 aircraft making a trip to Southern California Logistics Airport for what could…

Southwest Sues Mechanics: Everything That Led to Now

Southwest Airlines is a company that thrives on the culture of being different. On the aircraft, seats aren't assigned and flight attendants are largely given free rein to take their own liberties with the safety briefing, which many at the airline point to as a way to give customers an…

Southwest Orders Additional Boeing 737 MAX Aircraft

SMBC Aviation Capital has confirmed that Southwest Airlines is coming back to its customer portfolio as it has closed a significant Boeing 737 MAX lease deal, placing an order for 12 extra Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, with the first aircraft set for delivery in July 2019. Southwest Airlines, the…

Southwest Takes Sizable Step Towards ETOPS Certification, Hawaii Service

Back in October of last year, Southwest announced its intent to offer flights from California to Hawaii, a route where the airline could be benefited by the capabilities and increased efficiency of their relatively new Boeing 737 MAX 8s. After the route certification process was slowed by the U.S. federal…

Southwest’s Hawaii Flights Delayed Even Further Due to Shutdown

Southwest Airlines has announced that its proposed flights to Hawaii will be delayed even further due to the ongoing U.S. government shutdown. The carrier is planning to start service to the islands of Oahu, Maui, Hawaii and Kauai from the Californian cities of San Diego, Sacramento, San Jose and Oakland,…

Southwest Airlines’ Co-Founder Herb Kelleher Passes Away at 87

Southwest Airlines' co-founder, Chairman emeritus, and former CEO Herb Kelleher has passed away at the age of 87. "Herb was a pioneer, a maverick, and an innovator. His vision revolutionized commercial aviation and democratized the skies. Herb’s passion, zest for life, and insatiable investment in relationships made lasting and immeasurable…