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Southwest plane makes emergency landing at John Wayne Airport

February 13, 2018 |

A Southwest plane made an emergency landing at southern California’s John Wayne Airport on Monday night after a fire was reported, the airport said.
FOX News

Southwest, American to Pay Bonuses After Tax Bill

January 3, 2018 |

Airlines are sharing some of their tax-law windfall with employees and Boeing, the AP reports. American and Southwest said Tuesday that they will pay employees bonuses of $ 1,000 each, a gesture that American said would cost $ 130 million. Southwest also said that it exercised options to buy more new…
Newser

Southwest, American Airlines will pay $1,000 employee bonuses to mark tax cuts

January 3, 2018 |

Two U.S. airlines — American and Southwest — offered employees $ 1,000 bonuses to mark the tax overhaul Congress put in place for 2018.

American Airlines Group Inc. and Southwest Airlines Co. announced the bonuses after the close of business Tuesday.

Banks, insurers and airlines have led the way…


L.A. Times – Business

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