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Southwest Airlines’ pilots union begins possible strike preparations

Southwest Airlines‘ (Dallas) pilots, represented by the Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association (SWAPA), have issued this statement about strike preparations:

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The Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association (SWAPA) have announced staffing and funding for a Strike Preparedness Committee. The committee will work closely with professional outside consultants, staff, other committees and resources of the union to prepare the pilots of Southwest and the flying public for all contingencies available under the Railway Labor Act (RLA) if SWAPA and Southwest Airlines cannot come to an agreement on a new contract in the coming months. The pilots and company have been engaged in federally-mediated talks through the National Mediation Board (NMB) since November in hopes of closing out remaining open items including pay, retirement, scheduling, and job scope.

“While a strike is certainly not in either side’s best interest, the Railway Labor Act clearly defines the procedure for protracted negotiations which can lead to a lock out by management or a suspension of service by our pilots. SWAPA is doing our due diligence to prepare our pilots and passengers for the next steps in this federal mediation process should we not be able to reach a deal,” said SWAPA President Capt. Paul Jackson. “We have been in negotiations for more than three years and are seeking a market rate contract for pilots that is in line, economically, with our peers at other major airlines.”

SWAPA’s Strike Preparedness Committee is structured to and tasked with educating SWAPA members and the general public on future steps of the negotiating process, formulating contingency plans for potential job action situations, and maintaining relationships with other airline groups who have self-help experience. They will work in conjunction with the Outreach Committee, which will host events nationwide to talk to pilots and their families about the status of negotiations and the preparations needed should negotiations not come to a conclusion and SWAPA is released by the NMB to proceed to self-help.

“Despite astronomical profits and record-setting forecasts for the coming years, Southwest Airlines management has not come forward with an economic offer that can bring both sides to an agreement,” continued Jackson. “Our offer is very affordable and would not impact the company’s competitive low-cost advantage. It is time for a deal.”

Copyright Photo below: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-7H4 N918WN (msn 29843) in the updated “Illinois One” special livery taxies at Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport (BWI).

Southwest Airlines aircraft slide show (current livery only): AG Airline Slide Show


Southwest arrives in Akron/Canton and Dayton

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) has officially landed in two brand new destinations with its new service to Akron-Canton Airport (CAK) and Dayton International Airport (DAY).  The new service officially launched on Sunday, August 12, and the airline is celebrating the new service in both cities with press conferences at each airport this morning.  In Akron-Canton, Southwest will offer two daily roundtrip flights to Southwest’s sizable operation at Chicago Midway, as well as one daily roundtrip flight to Denver.  Likewise, the airline will begin service to Dayton with one daily flight to Denver.  Southwest’s service in both markets will complement AirTran Airways‘ existing service in these cities.  AirTran’s service will continue, and the airlines will jointly determine the best time to convert all AirTran’s flying to Southwest as part of the ongoing integration to eventually becoming one airline flying under the Southwest brand.

AirTran began service at Akron-Canton in 1997 and started serving Dayton in 1998.  Today, AirTran offers 11 daily flights from Akron-Canton in addition to the three daily Southwest flights.  From Dayton, today AirTran offers eight daily flights in addition to the daily Southwest flight to Denver.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Boeing 737-7H4 N918WN (msn 29843) in the Illinois One special livery arrives at Seattle/Tacoma International Airport (SeaTac).



Southwest Airlines is coming to South Carolina on March 13

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) is coming to the Palmetto State! Today, Southwest announced it will begin service to/from Charleston International Airport (CHS) and Greenville-Spartanburg Airport (GSP) on March 13, 2011.

In Charleston, the carrier will operate seven daily nonstop flights to four destinations: three to Baltimore/Washington, two to Chicago Midway, one to Nashville, and one to Houston Hobby. Southwest Airlines will operate from gate B5 in Charleston’s main terminal.

In Greenville-Spartanburg (near Charlotte), the airline will begin service with seven daily nonstop flights to five destinations: two to Baltimore/Washington, two to Chicago Midway, one to Nashville, one to Houston Hobby, and one to Orlando. Southwest Airlines will operate from gates A3 and A4 in Greenville-Spartanburg’s main terminal.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Please click on the photo for additional details.

Southwest Airlines reports 2Q net income of $112 million

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) reported second quarter 2010 net income of $112 million, or $.15 per diluted share, compared to net income of $91 million, or $.12 per diluted share, for second quarter 2009. Both years’ results included special items related to non-cash, mark-to-market, and other items associated with a portion of the Company’s fuel hedge portfolio. Excluding special items for both periods, second quarter 2010 net income was $216 million, or $.29 per diluted share, compared to $59 million, or $.08 per diluted share, for second quarter 2009. The second quarter 2010 net income, excluding special items, of $.29 per diluted share exceeded Thomson’s First Call mean estimate of $.27 per diluted share.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck. Boeing 737-7H4 N918WN (msn 29843) dressed in the Illinois One livery arrives at Baltimore/Washington.

Southwest announces La Guardia details


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Southwest Airlines (Dallas) has now released the details of its new New York (LGA) service. Flights will begin on June 28 with five daily roundtrips to Chicago (Midway) and three daily roundtrips to Baltimore/Washington (BWI).