INFORMATIONALJan 08, 2022The Rise and Fall of United ShuttleIn the early 1990s, United Airlines’ domination of Californian markets was threatened by the entrance of low-cost carrier Southwest Airlines. In response, United established their own low-cost “airline within an airline”, eventually named United Shuttle, in an attempt to defend their west coast turf.
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NEWSJan 03, 2022Winter Storm Prompts Hundreds of Southwest Airlines Flight CancellationsWith a Winter Storm Frida approaching the northeast, Southwest has proactively canceled more than 100 flights from Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. These cancellations are reflective of the vulnerabilities airline networks face during inclement weather and the ongoing pandemic.Read More →
INFORMATIONALDec 26, 2021The Wright Amendment: Wrong For SouthwestWith the Airline Deregulation Act being signed into law in 1978, many feared that Southwest’s new growth opportunities at Dallas Love Field Airport threatened the newly built Dallas/Fort Worth Airport’s dominance. The Wright Amendment, designed to restrict Love Field and Southwest’s growth, sparked an intense, decades-long debate that mixed business, government, and citizens around the cause to “Set Love Free”.Read More →
NEWSNov 11, 2021Denver Mayor Announces Southwest Airlines DayDenver Mayor Michael Hancock, recognizing Southwest’s contribution to Colorado’s economy, announced that Nov. 5 would become Southwest Airlines Day. This designation comes after the airline's massive growth in the Centennial State.
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TRIP REPORTSAug 03, 2021Flying Southwest's 737-800 in 2021A flight review of my flight from Oakland to Seattle. I sat in a unique seat and experienced what Southwest is like in 2021, and certainly noticed differences in Southwest today compared to two years ago.Read More →
NEWSJun 23, 2021Southwest CEO Gary Kelly To Step DownSouthwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly shared his retirement plans with the public today. The company announced on Wednesday that Mr. Kelly would transition roles in early 2022. Read More →
NEWSJun 16, 2021Hundreds of Southwest Airlines Flights Affected by System-Wide Computer GlitchOn Tuesday, more than 500 flights were canceled with hundreds of other flights being delayed following "network connectivity" issues. This is the second time in 24 hours that the airline was forced to halt operations.Read More →
INFORMATIONALMay 17, 2021Southwest's Profitability Streak is Over: Thoughts and ImplicationsSouthwest announced in late January of 2021 that they were not profitable in 2020, the first year since 1972. Due to the pandemic, this was not shocking to most analysts, however, some expected Southwest to pull off some magic as they have in the past. What remains to be seen is how they will respond and re-start the streak.Read More →
INFORMATIONALMay 04, 2021What Happened to AirTran?If you followed the aviation industry before 2010, you probably remember hearing about AirTran, an Atlanta-based carrier that was around from 1993 to 2014. But what happened to them and where did all of their planes go?Read More →
NEWSSouthwest to Expand to ORD and IAHSouthwest Airlines has announced they will expand service to Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) and George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in Houston. The expansion will happen in 2021 and was announced on October 12, 2020, on Southwest's Twitter.
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