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Southwest Airlines launches historic routes from Baltimore/Washington and Houston Hobby to Costa Rica and Aruba

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) yesterday (March 7) inaugurated two international routes from Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and William P. Hobby Airport in Houston. Each of the new routes is longer than 2,000 miles each-way and marks historic milestones for the carrier both by connecting Central America to the Southwest network of destinations and by offering its longest-ever nonstop scheduled service from any of Southwest’s Texas Triangle of original cities of Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston.

Southwest Airlines now operates nonstop service between:

San Jose, Costa Rica, and Baltimore/Washington on a once daily basis, and
Aruba and Houston (Hobby) seasonally, once every Saturday through Aug. 8, 2015

At Houston’s Hobby Airport, Southwest Employees celebrated the first Aruba-bound morning departure. Later, Customers on the first inbound international flight deplaned directly into a celebration in the main domestic concourse, following their U.S. Customs and Border Protection Preclearance processed prior to departing the Caribbean island. This is the first-ever international flying offered from Houston Hobby. This October, Southwest is scheduled to complete the construction of a $156 million international terminal project which will give Houstonians and Southwest Customers from across the network access to more international destinations.

Southwest Airlines flight 602 from Baltimore/Washington to San Jose, Costa Rica, brought 143 Customers and the Company’s legendary personality and value to Central America for the first time in the 44-year history of the largest domestic carrier* in the United States. Dozens of people came to Juan Santamaria International Airport outside San Jose at the invitation of the Costa Rica Tourism Board to welcome the historic arrival in the lush country known for its natural beauty and adventure tourism.

For an in-depth review of the first arrival at Houston Hobby from Aruba, read the Airways News feature article: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Derin Allard/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-7AD N798SW (msn 28436) taxies into position at Santa Ana (Orange County).

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Southwest Airlines increases the number of nonstop destinations from Dallas Love Field to 50

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) today published 16 additional flights, including service to eight new nonstop cities, from Dallas Love Field. The new routes will begin on August 9, 2015. With this latest service enhancement, Southwest will offer a total of 180 weekday departures to 50 nonstop destinations from Dallas Love Field.

Beginning August 9, 2015, the carrier will start once-daily, nonstop service between Dallas (Love Field) and:

Boston (Logan)

Charlotte

Detroit

Omaha

Philadelphia

Pittsburgh

Raleigh/Durham

Salt Lake City

Also on August 9, Southwest will offer additional nonstop service between Dallas (Love Field) and Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore/Washington, Houston (Hobby), Little Rock, Chicago (Midway), and Seattle/Tacoma. Finally, Southwest will upgrade the Saturday-only nonstop service between Dallas and Charleston, South Carolina, that is scheduled to begin on April 11, 2015, to daily service on August 9.

Southwest is able to expand at DAL due to the end of the Wright Amendment and the sublease of two additional Love Field gates from United Airlines in the newly rebuilt 20-gate facility, which is a collaborative effort between the City of Dallas and Southwest Airlines.

Airfield construction continues with additional taxiway capacity scheduled to open in mid-March and mid-July and additional ramp space scheduled to open in late August and in November of this year.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Southwest continues its fleet modernization efforts to replace its Boeing 737-300 and 737-500 Classic aircraft with more fuel-efficient and longer-range aircraft with winglets. Boeing 737-8H4 N8653A (msn 37037) with the Aviation Partners Boeing Split Scimitar Wings arrives at Baltimore/Washington (BWI).

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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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Southwest to add flights from Columbus, Ohio to both Boston and Oakland

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) has extended its flight schedule through October 30, 2015. The new schedule will bring more nonstop service and new destinations beginning August 9, 2015, for travelers flying Southwest in Santa Ana/Orange County, Washington, D.C. (Reagan National), and Columbus, Ohio.

The carrier will add service to both coasts from Port Columbus International Airport with the airport’s first daily nonstop flight to/from Oakland, and twice-daily service to/from Boston Logan International Airport.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-3H4 N644SW (msn 28329) in the new 2014 livery arrives at Baltimore/Washington (BWI). Southwest is gradually replacing its older Boeing 737s.

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Southwest Airlines to go to 166 daily flights at Dallas Love Field with new services, announces new routes from Orange County

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) has announced it added nonstop flight options between 10 cities and Dallas Love Field, linking a total of 43 destinations to Dallas beginning in April 2015.

Starting April 8, 2015, Southwest Airlines will offer nonstop service between Dallas Love Field and:

Charleston, South Carolina*
Columbus
Indianapolis
Memphis
Milwaukee
Panama City, Florida
Portland, Oregon
Sacramento
San Jose, California
Seattle/Tacoma

*Nonstop service between Dallas Love Field and Charleston, SC, begins on April 11, 2015 and operates only on Saturdays.

Beginning April 8, 2015, Southwest will begin offering daily flights between Dallas and Panama City on a seasonal basis, one month after launching the route with weekly flights on Saturdays. The same day, increased flights begin between Dallas and Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood, Oakland (San Francisco Bay Area), and Santa Ana/Orange County.

This announcement brings Southwest’s service at Love Field to 166 daily flights.

More nonstop destinations are landing at Santa Ana/Orange County. The carrier has also announced new service between Santa Ana/Orange County and Seattle/Tacoma and between Santa Ana/Orange County and Chicago (Midway).

These new flights are in addition to previously announced service between Santa Ana/Orange County and Austin, all of which are effective June 28, 2015.

Southwest also will increase the number of daily, nonstop departures between Santa Ana/Orange County and Dallas Love Field and Santa Ana/Orange County and San Jose del Cabo/Los Cabos, Mexico effective April 8 and plans to inaugurate daily service to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico on June 7, from Santa Ana/Orange County, subject to governmental approvals.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Now repainted, Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-3H4 N640SW (msn 27713) prepares to land at Baltimore/Washington (BWI).

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United to end Houston (Bush) – Dallas (Love) service

United Airlines (Chicago) is ending Houston (Bush Intercontinental) – Dallas (Love Field) United Express service on March 16. Currently ExpressJet Airlines operates seven daily flights on the route per Airline Route.

Previously Southwest Airlines had announced it was sub-leasing two gates from United Airlines at Love Field. Southwest will now operate from 18 gates at DAL and will start new flights to nine cities in April.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. ExpressJet Airlines Embraer ERJ 145XR (EMB-145XR) N17169 (msn 145844) arrives at Dulles International Airport near Washington.

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Southwest Airlines to share $355 million with its employees

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) today announced it will share $355 million through its Profit Sharing Plan with its Employees for 2014—equaling approximately 9.6 percent of each eligible Employee’s eligible compensation, or the equivalent of five weeks’ pay. This $355 million contribution—nearly $1 million a day—is the largest total dollar amount Southwest has ever allocated to Profit Sharing.

The airline continued:

“Not only is this amount $127 million more than the previous record, set with last year’s contribution of $228 million, but it’s also more than the last two years of ProfitSharing combined—an increase of 56 percent compared with 2013. Since its inception, Southwest Airlines has shared more than $2.8 billion with its Employees through ProfitSharing—and almost $1 billion in the past six years alone.”

“Last year was chock-full of historic milestones and monumental accomplishments, and I’m immensely proud and grateful for our People who worked so hard to make it happen. It was truly a heroic effort,” said Gary Kelly, Chairman, President, and CEO of Southwest Airlines. “Our Employees take ownership in our success, and when the Company does well, our People do well. Because of them, we can realistically aspire to fulfill our Vision of becoming the World’s Most Loved, Most Flown, and Most Profitable Airline.”

When this Profit Sharing contribution is added to the Company’s $289 million in Company match and other amounts contributed to the Southwest and AirTran 401(k) retirement plans, Southwest will have rewarded Employees with a 2014 total retirement benefit of approximately $644 million. In addition to retirement contributions, Southwest Airlines also invested approximately $618 million in its Employees’ other benefits during 2014, including healthcare coverage, and other welfare and wellness programs. In total, that’s nearly $1.3 billion dedicated to the wealth and wellbeing of Southwest Employees in 2014 alone, on top of base salaries.

Southwest was the first in the industry to offer a Profit Sharing Plan. Through the Profit Sharing Plan, Southwest Employees currently own more than four percent of the Company’s outstanding shares.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-8H4 N8655D (msn 42529) with Aviation partners Boeing Split Scimitar Winglets approaches the runway at Baltimore/Washington.

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