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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, joining the long list of airlines currently flying between the mainland and Hawaii. The airline has claimed that its facilities, staff, equipment and flight schedules are ready for the commencement…

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…

Trial Delays Extend Delta and Southwest’s Ongoing Battle Over Love…

For decades, Southwest Airlines's biggest hurdle when it came to growth and profitability sat in the Wright Amendment, a 1980 addition to the Federal Aviation Act of 1958 that prevented airlines from flying certain routes from Dallas Love Field. The bill was largely meant to punish the carriers that had…

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…

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…