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Long Beach Airport Increases Slot Utilization

Airlines at Long Beach Airport will soon have to increase their utilization of slots. According to the local Press-Telegram, the Long Beach city council voted last night to increase the required utilization rate of slots for airlines operating into the airport. Previously, airlines were required to have a 57 percent utilization rate over any 180 day period. The new rules require airlines to have an 85 percent utilization rate over the year, with new quarterly and monthly utilization requirements. The airline…

Southwest Closes Chapter on 737 Next Generation Deliveries

When it comes to loyalty to specific aircraft, very few brands come close to Southwest’s commitment to the Boeing 737. The airline has consistently operated various 737 types ranging from the airline’s initial fleet of Boeing 737-200s to recent deliveries with the 737 MAX. However, with the MAX being the…

U.S. Airlines Announce July Traffic Reports

JetBlue Airways has announced its traffic reports for the month of July 2018 with large increases. The New York City-based carrier saw a 6.2 percent increase in traffic from last July. JetBlue’s load factors went up 1.8 points from July 2017 to be just shy of 89 percent. JetBlue’s on-time…

Recap: U.S. Airlines Report Second Quarter Earnings Amid Rising Fuel…

Over the past few weeks, airlines in the U.S. have been releases their second quarter 2018 earnings. These releases were of particular interest to curious investors looking to see how airlines would handle increasing fuel costs. The major carriers all announced various plans to alleviate the tension of rising fuel…

Saying Goodbye to America’s Most Iconic Inflight Snack

In 1971, the first Southwest flight took off from Dallas Love Field, with the airline beginning to operate two daily flights, from Dallas Love Field to Houston Intercontinental Airport and San Antonio International. Pulling from the corporate culture and onboard theater of California's Pacific Southern Airlines, passengers were greeted by…

Southwest Debuts New Line of Shark Week Liveries

Southwest Airlines, in partnership with the Discovery Channel, launched a Shark Week Fleet with five aircraft. These aircraft celebrate the 30th anniversary of Shark Week, a popular show televised on the Discovery Channel. Each aircraft displays a unique shark to be shown in a Shark Week episode. These aircraft will…

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…

Southwest Extends Flight Schedule, Announces New Routes

As of Thursday, Southwest Airlines has extended its flight schedule through Jan. 6, 2019, allowing passengers to book tickets through this time. This extension includes new nonstop options between several cities that have not previously been offered by Southwest. "Today's schedule extension shows the depth of Southwest's growing network with…

Alaska and Southwest Win J.D. Power Awards

Alaska Airlines won the J.D. Power award as the highest ranked airline in customer satisfaction in North America for the 11th year in a row. The airline ranked highest among traditional carriers according to the 2018 North America Airline Satisfaction Study. Southwest Airlines won for the second year in a…

The Story of Southwest in The Windy City

With American Airlines and United fighting for control of Chicago O’Hare in the 1980s and 1990s, it made sense for carriers to look for other locations to start operations knowing that O’Hare operations were limited. However, Chicago Midway was a hub of its own with Midway Airlines operating at a…