Passenger Moe Storch wrote on Twitter that the jet hydroplaned but that the pilot regained control and stopped the aircraft "just in time."There were 112 passengers and five crew members aboard the plane, according to flight records.The engineered materials arresting system is a bed of energy-absorbing materials, generally lighweight concrete blocks, designed to stop a plane that overruns a runway. … [Read more...] about Southwest Airlines plane skids off wet runway in California
Southwest Airlines Co. sees a risk that cost pressures will linger beyond next year as it struggles to rein in an unexpected jump in expenses. The carrier can't yet say whether efforts to control spending and boost sales will ease the drag on profits after next year, Chief Executive Officer Gary Kelly said. Southwest is still trimming the 2019 budget and working on a "fairly significant initiative" to increase revenue and improve efficiency at the largest U.S. discounter, which counts labor as its biggest expense."Is this a 2019 pressure item and then goes away in 2020? I'm not ready to say that yet.'' Kelly said in an interview Monday. "That is absolutely what our goal is, but we have a lot of work to do before we provide that kind of guidance.''Southwest, which has been investing in technology upgrades, new planes and expanded airport facilities, is drawing heightened scrutiny on expenditures after forecasting last month that costs for each seat flown a mile will increase at least 3 … [Read more...] about Southwest Airlines raising fares to combat higher costs
“That’s a lot of blades that are cracking,” the NTSB’s chief aviation safety investigator John DeLisi said. “Is this a surprise...to see blades being pulled from service long before the expected fatigue life?”The hearing came as investigators continue to zero-in on the sequence of events that led to a fan blade breaking off and damaging the surrounding engine cowling on a Boeing 737 during Southwest Flight 1380 from New York to Dallas on April 17.The debris created by the engine failure then flew into the fuselage, causing a window to separate from the aircraft and leading to the death of passenger Jennifer Riordan, who suffered severe injuries when she was partially sucked out of the plane. It was the first fatality on a U.S. commercial aircraft since 2009. Interviews with the flight crew released Wednesday provided new details about the chaotic moments immediately after the engine failure as well as the desperate effort by flight attendants and two … [Read more...] about Safety hearing reveals new details on cracked fan blade blamed in fatal Southwest accident in April
Southwest Airlines is taking the price tag off its selection of in-flight movies, the company said Thursday, the latest offering to join the carrier’s growing collection of free entertainment options. The Dallas-based carrier said that movies, which previously cost $5 to stream to a laptop or mobile device, will be available for free on most flights by the end of the week."The on-board experience is one of the most important elements of a Customer's journey with us," Southwest’s chief marketing officer Ryan Green said in a statement."Our research shows that a positive experience on-board the aircraft can greatly influence the decision to come back to Southwest.” … [Read more...] about Southwest Airlines adds free movies to its list of in-flight entertainment options
Southwest Airlines has the people, equipment and schedule “ready to go” for when it launches its long-awaited service to Hawaii, but is still waiting on the green light from the Federal Aviation Administration, company officials said Thursday. The Dallas-based carrier has been working for about a year to get itself certified to operate extended over-water flight from California to Hawaii, a certification the formerly short-haul heavy airline hadn’t needed before.The process typically takes 12 to 18 months, the company’s chief operating officer Mike Van de Ven said Thursday during an earnings call with analysts. The company has repeatedly said it hopes to begin selling tickets to Hawaii before the end of 2018.The certification, known as ETOPS, is meant to ensure that airlines take extra precautions for longer flights and are prepared to deal with an in-flight emergency — like losing an engine, cabin decompression or a medical issue … [Read more...] about Southwest Airlines is almost ready to go to Hawaii. What’s left before launching the first flight?