Category Archives: Southwest Airlines

The end of open seating at Southwest?

Southwest Airlines incoming CEO Robert Jordan said at a virtual town hall meeting that assigned seating may be in Southwest’s future.

More from Travel and Leisure:

https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/new-southwest-airlines-ceo-assigned-seats

Southwest CEO Gary Kelly tests positive for COVID

Southwest Airlines issued this statement:

“Although testing negative multiple times prior to the Senate Commerce Committee Hearing, Gary Kelly tested positive for COVID-19 after returning home, experiencing mild symptoms, and taking a PCR test.”

More from CNBC:

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/12/17/southwest-ceo-tests-positive-for-covid-after-unmasked-senate-hearing-with-other-airline-chiefs.html

Southwest extends its summer schedule through September 6, 2022

Southwest Airlines has extended its schedule through September 6, 2022 with these highlights:

Beginning June 11, 2022, Southwest will offer new nonstop service on Saturdays between:
Austin and Cozumel, Mexico (below) (Subject to government approvals)
Nashville and Portland, Maine
Denver and Eugene, Ore.

Starting June 5, 2022, Southwest will resume nonstop service between:
Denver and Amarillo (Sundays-Fridays)
Denver and Lubbock (Daily)
Denver and Midland/Odessa (Sundays-Fridays)
Houston (Hobby) and Louisville, Ky. (Sundays-Fridays)
Chicago (Midway) and Montego Bay, Jamaica (Daily)
Chicago (Midway) and Rochester, N.Y. (Twice a day Sundays-Fridays)
Chicago (Midway) and Tulsa, Okla. (Daily)

International Routes Returning for Summer 2022
Southwest also announced today that in June 2022, it resumes several international nonstop routes from cities across the United States including:

Orlando and Aruba (Daily)*
Austin and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (Saturdays)**
Baltimore/Washington (BWI) and Grand CaymanCayman Islands (Saturdays)**
Milwaukee and Cancun, Mexico (Saturdays)**
Denver and Cozumel, Mexico (Saturdays)**
*Service begins June 5, 2022
**Service begins June 11, 2022

Also on June 5, 2022, the carrier will increase from Saturday-only to daily service on already-served routes between Austin and Cabo San Lucas/Los Cabos and between San Antonio and Cancun, Mexico.

Southwest will soon unveil a fourth fare category

From The Dallas Morning News:

Southwest stated at its Investor Day it was planning a new (fourth) fare category but gave few details.

Current three fare categories:

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/airlines/2021/12/08/southwest-airlines-is-introducing-a-new-fare-type-heres-what-we-know-so-far/

In other news, Southwest intends to be profitable again in the fourth quarter:

https://www.reuters.com/business/aerospace-defense/southwest-expects-improvement-operating-revenue-growth-travel-recovers-2021-12-08/

Southwest extends its schedule through June 4, 2022, adds/restores new routes

Southwest Airlines has extended its bookable flight schedule through June 4, 2022. The carrier announced it is adding new and returning routes to the schedule, bringing more access to destinations across the Southwest® network.

Starting April 25, 2022, the airline will offer new nonstop flights between:

  • Austin and Tulsa, Okla. (One daily roundtrip)
  • San Antonio and Oklahoma City (One roundtrip on Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays)
  • Syracuse, N.Y. and Tampa (One roundtrip on Saturdays)

On the same date, Southwest also will resume previously offered nonstop service between:

  • San Antonio and Los Angeles (LAX) (One daily roundtrip)
  • Dallas (Love Field) and Louisville, Ky. (One roundtrip on Sundays through Fridays)
  • Houston (Hobby) and Milwaukee (One roundtrip on Sundays through Fridays)
  • Nashville and San Jose, Calif. (One roundtrip on Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays)

Beginning April 30, 2022, the carrier also plans to resume service on Saturdays between:

Dallas (Love Field) and Myrtle Beach, S.C.  
Dallas (Love Field) and Norfolk, Va.
Kansas City, Mo. and Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Kansas City, Mo. and Pensacola, Fla.
Kansas City, Mo. and Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
Nashville and Seattle
Pittsburgh and Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Cuba Service
The carrier also plans to resume daily service on Feb. 17, 2022, between Fort Lauderdale and HavanaThis complement existing daily service between Tampa and Havana, which resumed on Dec. 5, 2021.

A man jumped out of taxiing Southwest airplane at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor

From CNN:

“A 30-year-old man jumped out of an airplane as it was taxiing at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport Saturday.”

Southwest Airlines issued this statement concerning flight WN4236:

“Initial reports indicate that while the flight was taxing to the gate, a Customer onboard exited the aircraft via a rear galley door,” Southwest Airlines spokesperson Dan Landson said. “The flight’s Captain stopped the aircraft and notified Air Traffic Control (ATC).”

More from CNN:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/04/us/phoenix-airport-man-jumps-airplane-arizona/index.html

Southwest Airlines releases commemorative history book, “50 Years. One Heart. A History Of Southwest In 50 Objects.”

Southwest Airlines is wrapping up its milestone 50th Anniversary year by releasing a one-of-a-kind commemorative history book, “50 Years. One Heart. A History of Southwest in 50 Objects.” Starting today, Southwest® fans can purchase this unique coffee-table book, which brings to life the Company’s colorful history, its corporate archives, and reflection of its People through photographs and moments from the carrier’s rich past, exclusively sold at Southwest® The Store. This special book also represents the exciting culmination of 50 years’ worth of iconic stories as Southwest Airlines® closes out its first five decades.

Southwest is celebrating its incredible first 50 years by showcasing a stunning collection of 50 unique objects, outfits, and artifacts (photographed by Southwest Sr. Photographer Stephen M. Keller and Southwest Sr. Designer Brianna Juda), accompanied by short stories from the Company’s inspiring history and a special foreword by Kelly as he prepares to transition into his role as Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors in early 2022.

This is the first of two special books launching in celebration of Southwest’s 50th year of service—more information coming on the second book in early 2022.

About “50 Years. One Heart. A History of Southwest in 50 Objects”

  • Hardcover coffee-table book
  • 8.5 x 9.125 inches
  • 220 pages
  • $50 plus tax, exclusively sold through Southwest The Store (free shipping applied for Southwest The Store purchases of $50 or more)
  • Showcases a visual collection of 50 unique objects, outfits, and artifacts accompanied by short stories from Southwest’s inspiring history
  • Features a special foreword by current Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Gary Kelly
  • Great for Southwest fans and collectors
  • The first of two books released in celebration of Southwest’s 50th year of service
  • Place holiday gift orders no later than Monday, Dec. 13

Southwest Airlines historic liveries slide show:

Southwest Airlines commits $10 Million to Yale University to support climate change initiatives

Southwest Airlines has announced a $10 million commitment to Yale University’s Center for Natural Carbon Capture (YCNCC) to research technological advancements and find new solutions to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions. The pledge will also support research and educational efforts at the Yale School of the Environment to explore the current state of sustainability, strategy, policy, and economics, emphasizing trends related to the aviation industry and focusing on finding new ways to reduce atmospheric carbon.

“This innovative partnership gives Southwest® the opportunity to support the development of crucial science to combat climate change, including fostering innovative research aimed at informing and advancing efforts to reduce atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations,” said Stacy Malphurs, Vice President of Supply Chain Management & Environmental Sustainability for Southwest Airlines. “We recognize the importance of supporting initiatives that take a holistic approach to de-carbonization in the long-term, which aligns with the U.S. government’s goal for the aviation industry to be carbon neutral by 2050.”

Established in March 2021 with initial funding from FedEx Corporation, and taking inspiration from natural processes, YCNCC is focused on strategies for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and safely storing it within plants, soils, rocks, and oceans. It also aims to develop methods for industrial carbon capture to convert carbon dioxide into useful fuels, plastics, and building materials.

“The climate crisis is the biggest challenge we face as a species,” says Michael Crair, Vice Provost for research at Yale. “To find solutions, we will need the very best efforts of scientists and policy experts at Yale and around the world. It’s a collaborative effort, and I am so grateful that Southwest Airlines has stepped forward to join our efforts in creating a sustainable future.”

Sustainability is a priority for Southwest, and this pledge complements its initiatives to improve environmental stewardship across the airline. Last month, Southwest announced a 10-year plan to maintain carbon neutrality to 2019 levels while continuing to grow its operations and stated its long-term goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

Southwest will fulfill its donation through the Southwest Airlines Foundation, a corporate-advised fund within the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

1) U.S. Dept. of Transportation most recent reporting of domestic originating passengers boarded
2) fulltime-equivalent active Employees
3) 1972-2019 annual profitability

Southwest Airlines announces 15-year agreement with Velocys for 219 million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel

Southwest Airlines has announced a 15-year offtake agreement with Velocys Renewables LLC for 219 million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

As announced by Velocys, once blended with conventional jet fuel, the SAF could produce the equivalent of 575 million gallons of net-zero1 fuel and avoid 6.5 million metric tons of CO2 over the term of the agreement. Southwest® plans to begin purchasing SAF from the Velocys Bayou Fuels facility in Natchez, Mississippi, as early as 2026. Additionally, as part of the offtake agreement, Southwest and Velocys have established a long-term strategic relationship, offering Southwest the opportunity to purchase significant volumes of SAF from future Velocys facilities.

Southwest recognizes the critical role that commercially viable SAF will play in the carrier’s strategy to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. Southwest is one of the most honored airlines in the world and strives to maintain a steadfast focus on a triple bottom line: People, Performance, and Planet.

Velocys is an LSE-listed, international sustainable fuels technology company, traded on the AIM, providing clients with a technology solution to enable the production of negative Carbon Intensity synthetic, drop-in fuels from a variety of waste materials. SAF (‘Sustainable Aviation Fuel’) is the only commercially available, permanent alternative to fossil aviation fuels.

The technology is IP-protected in all major jurisdictions.

Two reference projects in the US and UK (Bayou Fuels and Altalto) are designed to accelerate the adoption and standardize the Velocys proprietary Fischer Tropsch (FT) technology and Bio Energy with CCS solution, BECCS. Velocys is investing in increased capability to deliver its technology to clients, enabling commercial scale SAF production in response to the mandated fuel transition.

Velocys technology pathway is enabling the next generation of low carbon sustainable fuels with significant additional positive air quality impacts.

Texas Monthly: Why American and Southwest canceled thousands of flights

Will it get better for the busy Thanksgiving weekend?

From Texas Monthly:

https://www.texasmonthly.com/news-politics/american-southwest-airlines-cancellations-pandemic/