Southwest Airlines

July 30, 2012 - 3:49pm
United check-in counter at Chicago O'Hare Airport

Ancillary revenue collected by airlines for products and services ranging from checked bags and extra legroom to co-branded credit cards continues to grow in size and importance to the industry. Fifty world airlines that disclose proceeds from such activities reported $22 billion in ancillary revenue last year, marking a 66-percent increase over 2009 results, according to a new report.

April 9, 2012 - 10:45am
Delta Air Lines Boeing 747 at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has advanced airspace adjustment efforts in about a third of the regions designated under its multi-year Optimization of Airspace and Procedures in the Metroplex (OAPM) effort.

February 28, 2012 - 4:43pm
First officers to require ATPs.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a long-overdue Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) last week that would require first officers to hold an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate, which requires 1,500 hours of p

February 1, 2012 - 5:34pm
Side view of Spirit Airlines A319

Low-fare carrier Spirit Airlines continued its public criticism of new U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) passenger-protection rules, drawing a rebuke from a U.S. senator. The airline also faced a new fine from the DOT over its handling of complaints lodged by passengers with disabilities.

January 23, 2012 - 5:21pm
Spirit Airlines Airbus A319

New provisions to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) passenger-protection rule become effective January 24 and 26, among them a requirement that airlines and ticket agents include all government taxes and fees in advertised ticket prices.

December 23, 2011 - 3:18pm
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and FAA acting Administrator Michael Huerta

Nearly three years after the crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407 near Buffalo cast a spotlight on the working conditions of regional airline pilots in particular, the FAA has issued a new, stricter rule on pilot flight duty and rest requirements for passenger carriers operating under Part 121.

December 13, 2011 - 9:28am
Southwest Boeing 737 MAX.

Boeing secured the largest single order in its history this week, in both dollar value and number of units, when Southwest Airlines signed a contract covering 150 of the new 737 MAX and 58 Next Generation 737s, the companies announced today.

November 30, 2011 - 5:52pm
Flightcom commercial aviation pushback communications system

Southwest Airlines says it will be the first major airline to widely use a wireless, ground-support communications system to improve safety and operational efficiency during pushback operations. The airline plans to deploy the Flightcom pushback system for commercial aviation at 425 gates at 73 airports in the U.S. by the first quarter of 2012.

November 2, 2011 - 12:35am
RNP Deployment

Alaska Airlines started using precision required navigation performance (RNP) approaches into Juneau, Alaska, in 1996, and RNP has been used extensively by other airlines since that time.

October 3, 2011 - 4:54pm
Southwest Airlines has flown RNP approaches on just 1 percent of its operations,

Southwest Airlines’ ambitious fleetwide implementation of required navigation performance (RNP) operations is making slow progress. Since initiating flights in January using the precision approach procedures to save track miles and fuel, the airline’s use of RNP represents just 1 percent of its daily operations, said Capt. David Newton, Southwest senior manager of airspace.

 
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