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A lineup of Southwest aircraft at Chicago Midway (Photo: Ken Lund from Reno, Nevada, USA [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

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 majority of the gates. Despite the competition from various carriers, it would be Southwest’s story of survival that would land them their largest focus city to date. Southwest’s Chicago roots…

The Fallout from Southwest Flight 1380’s Engine Failure

On April 17, a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 took off from New York's LaGuardia Airport bound for Dallas Love Field with 144 passengers and five crew onboard. As the jet neared its cruising altitude, passengers heard an explosion as the cabin rapidly depressurized, shrapnel tearing through the side of the…

Popular CFM56-7B Engine Under FAA Scrutiny After Recent Onboard Fatality

Following the engine incident involving a Southwest 737-700 that resulted in the death of one passenger, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced they would be ordering the inspections of engine fan blades of certain CFM56-7B engines. CFM engines are produced by CFM International, a joint venture between General Electric and…

A String of Bad Luck? Three Near Back-to-Back Aviation Incidents…

The East Coast's commercial aviation sector was hit with a heavy dose of bad luck early this week, featuring three back-to-back inflight mechanical incidents involving separate U.S. airlines. In every case, however, the rigid and persistent nature of commercial aviation safety in the United States prevailed, despite the death of one…

Fatality Reported Following Uncontained Engine Failure Incident on Southwest Flight

On Tuesday afternoon, Southwest flight 1380 from New York-LaGuardia to Dallas Love Field suffered an uncontained engine failure at approximately 32,000 feet. The aircraft, registered as N772SW, was forced to divert to Philadelphia where it was met by airport fire and rescue teams. The NTSB reports that one passenger has…

Frontier Breathes New Life into Struggling Long Island Airport

Long Island MacArthur Airport, a small multi-use airport located midway between New York City and Montauk Point smack dab in the middle of Long Island, was once a thriving airport that served those who didn’t want to make the commute from the eastern half of the island to the far-off…

Boeing’s 10,000th 737 Makes Headway Down Renton Assembly Line

Boeing's only in production narrow-body aircraft is celebrating a milestone. Since being put into service in 1967 with Lufthansa, the 737 is now the world's best selling aircraft. In just a few weeks, the 10,000th 737 will be delivered to Southwest Airlines. [caption id="attachment_20234" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] The 10,000th 737 fuselage…

The Southwest 737-800 That Didn’t ‘Skid off the Runway’ in…

A flurry of reports on Wednesday stated that a Southwest 737-800 had 'skid off the runway' at Baltimore's Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI). This was not the case. Instead, the aircraft slid off the center-line of the taxiway, while remaining on the paved area. Around 10:00 a.m. Eastern time, Southwest flight…

Boeing Unveils First 737 MAX 7 Aircraft at Renton Facility

Aircraft spotters and Boeing employees were out in force on Monday as the aircraft manufacturing giant unveiled the newest member of its Boeing 737 MAX family: the MAX 7. For the occasion, Boeing held a ceremony at its factory in Renton, Wash. where they showed off the plane to its…

Southwest Airlines Announces Service to Everett’s Paine Field

Southwest Airlines announced on Thursday its intentions to operate from Paine Field in Everett, Wash. later this year. While it has yet to be approved by governmental and regulatory agencies, the carrier wishes to operate five daily flights from the small airport. The formal announcement of its fares, flight schedule…