Category Archives: Southwest Airlines

Southwest transports volunteer health care workers to New York

Southwest Airlines released this statement and photo:

While so many of us continue to feel the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, no one knows what is happening quite like our medical professionals. These brave souls soldier on in the midst of tremendous risk and exposure, constantly putting the needs of others above their own. Their selfless sacrifice is a beacon of light during such a dark time in our world, and no amount of gratitude and praise would ever be enough. Because of their courage, our family, our friends, our coworkers, our neighbors, and more have a fighting chance.

More than a dozen healthcare professionals from Atlanta answered the call this past Friday evening to serve in New York. This photo embodies it all: bravery, courage, and sacrifice. If it were easy, everyone would do it, but we know that is not the case. Thankfully, this group and countless others do it each day, and for that we are forever grateful and in their debt. So to all the first responders, medical professionals, healthcare workers, and anyone else on the front lines today and every day to keep us safe, thank you.

Photo: Southwest Employee Dayartra E.

Southwest Airlines Pilots Association applauds CARES Act passed by U.S. Congress

The Southwest Airlines Pilots Association (SWAPA) commends the bipartisan efforts of the United States Congress and the Trump Administration on the passage of the CARES Act on March 27. The $2 trillion measure is intended to assist workers and businesses negatively impacted by the coronavirus outbreak, including significant relief for aviation workers and the entire airline industry.

“SWAPA worked diligently to ensure that the relief provided in this bill contained important protections for workers,” said Capt. Jon Weaks, President of SWAPA. “Our focus during the drafting process was geared toward workers’ rights, and we pushed for language against furloughs and pay cuts, as well as protections for provisions covered in our Collective Bargaining Agreement.”

The CARES Act places limitations on furloughs, protects collective bargaining agreements, and secures grants that will go directly towards pay and benefits. In addition to payments for families and extended unemployment benefits, the CARES Act also includes $50 billion in aid for airlines.

“We want to thank Congress and the Administration for recognizing the needs of our Pilots, Southwest Airlines, and the airline industry as a whole,” said Capt. Weaks. “We fully believe in the resiliency of our country, and our Pilots stand ready to help Southwest weather this storm of uncertainty by maintaining our high standards of professionalism, productivity, and efficiency.”

SWAPA is also appreciative of the leadership in both the House and Senate, as well as the Trump Administration, for their willingness to listen and to address the concerns of SWAPA Pilots. Because of the determination of the President, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the CARES Act is as comprehensive as it was swift.

Southwest further reduces its schedule

Southwest Airlines further reduced its schedule:

As we continue to react to decreased Customer demand during this unprecedented time, Southwest now will cancel approximately 1,500 of our almost 4,000 daily flights until our previously revised schedule begins on April 14. The new changes will go into effect starting on Friday, March 27.

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Southwest Airlines further reduces its schedule

Southwest Airlines made this announcement:

Recently, Southwest implemented a plan to reduce capacity by at least 20 percent for the time period from April 14 through June 5, 2020. That difficult decision was driven by the drop in travel demand in the wake of the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

On Friday, Southwest made the tough decision to further revise our schedule by cancelling approximately 1,000 of our almost 4,000 daily flights from Sunday, March 22, 2020 until the previously revised schedule begins on April 14, 2020. We sincerely regret any inconvenience to our Customers and our Employees.

During this unprecedented time, we will continually assess the real-time, market demand for Southwest’s service with the goal of cancelling flights that have alternate flight or route options and that affect the fewest number of Customers. Additionally, we’ll implement the cancellations on a rolling, multiple-day basis to provide Customers with advance notice of changes and alternate flight options.

International Service Changes

These cancellations also capture our decision to suspend service to all of our international destinations at the end of the operating day on Sunday, March 22, 2020. We’ve made this decision due to the number of governments restricting air travel across their borders, as well as guidance from the United States government, and we hope to resume normal operations to our international destinations on Monday, May 4, subject to change.

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Southwest Airlines extends published flight schedule through October 30, 2020

Southwest Airlines today extended its bookable flight schedule through October 30, 2020. As the carrier publishes its full schedule, it is adding new international service to and from Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport beginning in October.

Effective October 8, 2020, Southwest will offer twice-daily nonstop service between Phoenix and Cabo San Lucas/Los Cabos* and once-daily nonstop service between Phoenix and Puerto Vallarta*. Phoenix will become the carrier’s 23rd city to serve as an international gateway for the airline.

*Both routes are subject to requisite government approvals.

Long Beach Service Expands
Southwest also announced today an expansion of its service for Customers in the LA Basin who utilize Long Beach Airport. Effective August 11, 2020, will add one additional nonstop flight on weekdays directionally between:

Long Beach, Calif. and Oakland (A total of five roundtrip flights Mondays-Fridays)
Long Beach, Calif. and San Jose, Calif. (A total of five roundtrip flights Mondays-Fridays)

With these new routes, Southwest will offer up to 14 departures on weekdays from Long Beach.

New Nonstop Service
Southwest recently began serving several new routes throughout North America. This past Saturday, the carrier launched new international service between:

Houston (Hobby) and Cozumel, Mexico (Twice-daily)
Baltimore/Washington and Providenciales, Turks and Caicos (Seasonal Service offered on Saturdays)

The carrier also began daily nonstop service between Maui and Sacramento, Calif., between Atlantaand Memphis (two flights per day Sunday-Friday, one flight on Saturdays), and once-daily service between Des Moines and Denver.

The carrier also recently announced its intention to serve Steamboat Springs through the Yampa Valley Regional Airport (HDN) by the end of 2020. More details, including schedules, will be released in the coming months.

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Reuters: Boeing to separate 737 MAX wire bundles before jet’s return to service

Reuters issued this report:

“Boeing Company plans to separate 737 MAX wiring bundles, flagged by regulators as potentially dangerous, before the jet returns to service, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters on Wednesday.”

Read the full report.

Copyright Photo: Rainer Besten. Southwest Boeing 737-8 MAX 8s in storage at Victorville.

Southwest implements an enhanced aircraft cleaning program

Southwest Airlines has made this announcement:

The Southwest Team works throughout the day to execute an aircraft cleaning program built upon standing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) which is designed with Customer Safety and comfort in mind. As part of the program, Southwest aircraft routinely undergo more than six labor hours of cleaning every night.

Now, as of March 4, Southwest’s Aircraft Appearance Technicians enhanced our cleaning procedures by expanding the use of an EPA-approved, hospital-grade disinfectant to address human touchpoints across the passenger cabin, lavatories, and flight deck.

Additionally, we equip all of our aircraft with a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter, which filters out recirculated air onboard each plane to remove airborne particles. As a reference, HEPA filters are also used in hospitals to provide patients with clean air.

Extra Cleaning Steps We Are Taking to Ensure Your Safety
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The Southwest Team works throughout the day to execute an overall cleaning program built upon standing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) which is designed with your Safety and comfort in mind.

 

Southwest aircraft routinely undergo more than six labor hours of cleaning every night. Now, as of March 4, Southwest’s Aircraft Appearance Technicians enhanced our cleaning procedures by expanding the use of an EPA-approved, hospital-grade disinfectant to address human touchpoints across the passenger cabin, flight deck, and lavatories. We invite you to watch this video that highlights examples of our enhanced-cleaning work.

 

 

Here are some additional insights into the work we’re doing:

 

In the Cabin

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A multi-step cleaning process, using a hospital-grade disinfectant, is designed to address high-touch areas such as interior windows and shades, every seatbelt buckle, passenger service units (including the touch buttons that control reading lights and vents that direct personal air), as well as seat surfaces, tray tables, armrests, etc. Our aircraft are maintained throughout the day by Flight Attendants and Ground Operations Agents who board the aircraft between flights to tidy up the cabin for the next boarding of Customers and Employees.

 

In the Lavatory

Each restroom is receiving more attention via an EPA-registered, hospital-grade disinfectant used on surfaces including mirrors and ceiling panels.

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On the Flight Deck

Additional cleaning procedures at night, using a disinfectant, devote extra attention to microphones and control yoke handles used by Pilots.

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Clearing the Air

The sophisticated air circulation system that blends fresh air into the cabin on a regular basis throughout each flight also is equipped with a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter, similar to that used in hospitals, to eliminate airborne particulates.

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Securing your Space

Southwest is working diligently to keep our aircraft clean and in a sanitary condition. Still, we know hand sanitizers and surface sanitizing wipes are being brought onboard by many of our Customers for added confidence. If you bring your own hand or surface sanitizing items onboard, please use items that do not contain bleach, or have “plus bleach” on the label, as they risk damaging hard and soft surfaces. Additionally, we request that Customers not use aerosol or pump-spray cleaners, as these products cannot be contained to your personal space and may impact other Customers in the shared environment of our aircraft cabins.

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We know there’s heightened interest in the topic of aircraft cleaning, and we are committed to maintaining our standards and following any new guidance. Additionally, we’re proud to share with you the enhanced work that hundreds of professional Aircraft Appearance Technicians around our system proudly complete each night, on more than 700 airplanes, to increase your comfort while flying with Southwest.

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