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Southwest Airlines misses the inspections of the standby hydraulic systems on 128 Boeing 737-700s, cancels 80 flights yesterday

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) failed to inspect 128 Boeing 737-700s standby hydraulic systems used to control the rudder if there is a main system failure. The airline discovered the failure to inspect at the proper time, reported the problem to the FAA and got approval to quickly complete the inspections in the next five days.

The airline issued this statement:

Southwest Airlines discovered an overdue maintenance check required to be performed on the standby hydraulic system, which serves as a back-up to the primary hydraulic systems. As a result of this discovery, 128 Boeing 737-700 aircraft were identified as having overflown a required check.

Once identified, Southwest immediately and voluntarily removed the affected aircraft from service, initiated maintenance checks, disclosed the matter to the FAA, and developed an action plan to complete all overdue checks. The FAA approved a proposal that would allow Southwest to continue operating the aircraft for a maximum of five days as the checks are completed.

Approximately 80 cancellations occurred on February 24 as a result of the events and the airline is anticipating a very minimal impact to their operations today (February 25). The Safety of our Customers and Employees remains our highest priority and we are working quickly to resolve the situation.

Today the airline issued this short statement on Twitter:

A select number of aircraft have been removed from service for maintenance checks, resulting in minimal delays.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-7H4 N905WN (msn 36617) with the special “Kidd’s Kids – Kidd Kraddick in the Morning” markings and the underside Southwest Heart logo, departs from Los Angeles International Airport.

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Germania launches two routes to Tehran, Iran

Germania Fluggssellschaft (Berlin) on Friday night (February 20), launched a new route from Düsseldorf to Tehran. Yesterday (February 22), the airline launched its first flight from Berlin (Schönefeld) in the capital city of Iran.

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Ex-Airberlin Boeing 737-76J D-ABLB (msn 36115) lands at EuroAirport near Basel.

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United to add two Caribbean routes this summer from Houston

United Airlines (Chicago) will offer two summer seasonal routes from the Houston (Bush Intercontinental) from June 4 through August 17 per Airline Route. This includes Saturday weekly service to Providenciales (Provo) in the Turks and Caicos Islands and twice-weekly weekend service to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-724 N16709 (msn 28779) taxies to the runway at Los Angeles International Airport.

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WestJet reports a record net profit of $317.2 million in 2014, up 18%

WestJet (Calgary) today announced its fourth quarter and year-end results for 2014, with record adjusted full-year net earnings1 of $317.2 million, or $2.46 per diluted share (all figures in Canadian dollars). This compares with the net earnings of $268.7 million, or $2.03 per diluted share reported in the full-year 2013, up 18 percent and 21 percent, respectively. For the fourth quarter, the airline reported record diluted earnings per share of $0.70, up 35 per cent from $0.52 reported last year. These fourth quarter 2014 results include pre-tax incentive payments of $9.8 million associated with WestJet’s new pilot agreement reached in December 2014 and a pre-tax non-cash loss of $2.5 million related to the previously disclosed sale of 10 of our oldest Boeing 737 aircraft.

This represents WestJet’s 39th consecutive quarter of profitability and based on the trailing twelve months, the airline achieved a return on invested capital of 14.3 per cent, compared with the 13.8 per cent reported in the previous quarter, representing the 10th consecutive quarter in which WestJet exceeded its 12 per cent target.

Notes:

(1) Full-year 2014 adjusted net earnings exclude an after-tax non-cash loss of $33.2 million recorded in the third quarter of 2014 associated with the previously disclosed sale of 10 of WestJet’s oldest Boeing 737 aircraft. Refer to reconciliations in the accompanying tables for further
information regarding calculations.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. WestJet is gradually removing its older Boeing 737-700s. Boeing 737-7CT C-FWSV (msn 32760) arrives at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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Southwest Airlines announces three new destinations from Dallas Love Field

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) has announced it will add new destinations with more nonstop flights made possible by acquiring the rights to two additional Love Field gates.

Beginning in April, Southwest will offer daily nonstop flights to nine new cities from Dallas (Love Field), including Memphis, Milwaukee, and Seattle/Tacoma, and will increase the number of nonstop flights to recently introduced destinations added after the October 2014 expiration of the Wright Amendment restrictions on long-haul flying at Love Field.

Details on numbers of flights as well as the full list of the cities and fares will be announced soon. The new flights will be made possible through a long-term sub-lease agreement that will transfer usage of two gates in the newly rebuilt 20-gate facility from United Airlines to Southwest Airlines. Terms of the deal are confidential. The transaction was reviewed and cleared without conditions by the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division. The City of Dallas, the owner and operator of Love Field, also has approved the sublease.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-790 N560WN (msn 30542) taxies to the runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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Southwest Airlines to equip its Boeing 737 fleet with Kannad Survival Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELTs)

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) has turned to the McMurdo Group for its Kannad Survival Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELTs) for its Boeing 737s. The McMurdo Group issued this statement:

McMurdo Group, a global leader in end-to-end search and rescue and maritime domain awareness solutions, today announced that its Kannad Survival Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELTs) (below) are being integrated throughout Southwest Airlines’ (Dallas) fleet of 636 Boeing 737 aircraft.

Kannad Survival Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELTs)

ELTs, which are a key component of passenger and crew safety in the event of an emergency, enable first responders to locate the aircraft as soon as possible and potentially save more lives. Survival ELTs are removable from the aircraft and are stowed to facilitate usage by crew members in emergency situations. The ELTs were provided by McMurdo’s aviation partner, Aviall Services, Inc.

McMurdo’s Kannad ELTs are already used by some of the world’s largest aircraft and airline brands including Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Pilatus, British Airways, United Airlines and China Airlines. The high-performance distress beacons provide the most innovative technology available including pin-point positioning and location data for optimal rescue response time.

In a typical search and rescue scenario an emergency signal from an ELT or distress beacon is relayed via satellite to Mission Control Centers and Rescue Coordination Centers for eventual rescue team deployment. This search and rescue ecosystem (known as COSPAS-SARSAT) has helped to save over 37,000 lives since 1982. McMurdo is the industry’s only provider of this end-to-end search and rescue solution from aviation/maritime/military/personal distress beacons to satellite ground station communications to rescue response solutions.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGalllery.com. Boeing 737-76N N7706A (msn 32661) approaches the runway for landing at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

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Transaero Airlines to launch three new routes including Prague

Transaero Airlines (Moscow) has announced it will start the Moscow (Vnukovo) – Prague route. On March 29, 2015 Transaero will launch, for the first time in its history, scheduled services on the Moscow-Prague route.

The daily flights UN 359/360 will be operated from Moscow Vnukovo airport, Terminal A, according to the following schedule (local time):

Departure from Moscow at 12.00, arriving in Prague at 14.00.
Departure from Prague at 15.00, arriving in Moscow at 18.50.

This route will be operated with Boeing 737-700 aircraft.

The company also announced it will launch new flights to India on February 5 with twice-weekly Moscow (Vnukovo) – Delhi service. This new route will be operated with Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft.

Finally, on March 30, 2015, Transaero Airlines will launch for the first time in its history scheduled flights on the Moscow – Komsomolsk-on-Amur route.

The flights UN 2349/2350 will be operated from Moscow Domodedovo airport twice weekly. Transaero will increase the flight frequency on this route up to four times per week starting on May 23, 2015. Transaero will use on this route Tu-214 aircraft, configured with business and economy class cabins.

Transaero launched its flights to Khabarovsk Krai in July 2007. The airline has carried nearly 1.5 million passenger on the Moscow-Khabarovsk route since the launch of the service.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-7Q8 EI-EUW (msn 29360) approaches the runway at London (Heathrow).

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