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Will the ‘Southwest Effect’ lower the cost of Hawaiian flights?

October 12, 2017 |

Since Southwest Airlines began to challenge the established major airlines in the 1990s, the low-cost carrier has forced its competitors to lower fares in what industry insiders call “the Southwest Effect.”

Fans of Hawaii are hoping that “the Southwest Effect” happens next year when Southwest Airlines…


L.A. Times – Business

Southwest Airlines still has the power to lower fares of competitors, study says

August 19, 2017 |

When Southwest Airlines was still an upstart in the 1990s, a federal study found that the low fares offered by the Dallas-based carrier forced its competitors to slash prices in those markets the airline entered.

It was called the Southwest Effect.

Although the airline is now the third-busiest…


L.A. Times – Business

At Southwest Airlines, two doors are better than one to empty planes faster

June 18, 2017 |

For years, the airline industry has experimented with different ways to load passengers onto planes in an effort to save time and money.

Carriers have tried seating passengers starting at the front of the cabin, and at the back. They’ve tried allowing passengers in window seats to board first,…


L.A. Times – Business

JetBlue and Southwest may have benefited from United’s passenger-dragging fiasco

May 25, 2017 |

Public perception of United Airlines took a nosedive after a passenger was dragged from his seat on April 9, and now a survey indicates that JetBlue Airways and Southwest Airlines may have benefited from the backlash.

In the 30 days after the incident, United Airlines passengers said their likelihood…


L.A. Times – Business

‘Uninvited Guest’ Is Killing a Southwest Reservoir

April 12, 2017 |

More than 50 years ago, Glen Canyon, straddling Arizona and Utah, became flooded with water after the creation of the Glen Canyon Dam led to the formation of the Lake Powell reservoir. But even though the Sierra Club wrote the canyon’s obituary in 1963, Rebecca Solnit reveals in the California…
Newser

Southwest signs deal to boost onboard Wi-Fi service

December 18, 2016 |

Southwest Airlines, the nation’s largest domestic carrier, has good news for fliers who want to stay connected: The Dallas-based airline plans to offer Wi-Fi service on all of its planes by the end of next year.

Even better: The connectivity speeds are expected to increase by at least three times…


L.A. Times – Business

Southwest Employee Killed in Airport Shooting

November 16, 2016 |

A Southwest Airlines employee has died after being shot at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City, the AP reports. Southwest spokesperson Brandy King confirmed the victim was an employee and says in a news release that the airline is cancelling all flights scheduled to depart Oklahoma City for the…
Newser

Southwest Airlines pilots approve a new contract, ending 4 years of negotiations

November 8, 2016 |

Southwest Airlines pilots overwhelmingly approved a new contract on Monday that included double-digit pay raises and increased retirement contributions.

More than 84% of the Dallas-based carrier’s pilots voted for the new four-year deal, which will become amendable in August 2020.

“This has been…


L.A. Times – Business

Southwest Airlines seeks more revenue, but rules out bag fees

October 30, 2016 |

Bags will continue to fly free at Southwest Airlines. For now.

Under pressure to generate more revenues, the chief executive of the Dallas-based carrier rejected suggestions that the airline start charging customers to check luggage, even though bag fees have generated billions of dollars for other…


L.A. Times – Business

Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Javier to hit Southwest

August 9, 2016 |

Several young women get drenched as they race through the rain at the University of Arizona Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016, in Tucson, Ariz. Heavy rain associated with Tropical Storm Javier in Mexico fell over the American Southwest. (A.E. Araiza/Arizona Daily Star via AP)PHOENIX (AP) — Streets looked like rivers and water swallowed cars as a major storm moved through Tucson and then north on Tuesday.



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