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UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 11, 2020

Federal report faults Southwest Airlines and FAA on safety

Southwest Airlines continues to fly airplanes with safety concerns while federal officials do a poor job overseeing the airline, a government watchdog said Tuesday.

Southwest joins rivals in again delaying Boeing jet’s return

Southwest Airlines said Thursday it has taken the grounded Boeing 737 Max 8 out of its schedule until early June and is dropping more than 8% of its planned flights …

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 13, 2019

Southwest Airlines reaches confidential settlement with Boeing for some of its 737 Max losses

The airline’s chief executive, Gary Kelly, said the company will share a portion of the settlement, roughly $125 million, with its employees through Southwest’s profit-sharing plan.

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 14, 2019

Leader of pilots’ union blasts Boeing over grounded plane

The president of the pilots’ union at Southwest Airlines is escalating a fight with Boeing over the grounded 737 Max.

Safety officials probing records of work on Southwest jets

U.S. safety officials are examining repair records on dozens of used foreign planes bought by Southwest Airlines.

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 7, 2019

Southwest pilots’ union sues Boeing over grounding of plane

Pilots at Southwest Airlines are suing Boeing over the grounded 737 Max, saying Boeing made misleading statements about the plane’s safety.

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 14, 2019

Southwest, a stalwart Boeing 737 Max 8 customer, eyes other jets

Southwest Airlines, the largest customer of the 737 Max 8 and long an all-Boeing airline, insists it has “no current plans” to fly any jets other than the 737. But …

UPDATED: Thu., July 25, 2019

Grounded Boeing plane takes a bigger bite out of airlines

Airlines are tallying up the damage and talking to Boeing about compensation for the grounding of the troubled 737 Max jet.

UPDATED: Sun., June 9, 2019

If you’re planning a trip to San Diego, you have nonstop options

Travelers boarded Southwest Airlines’ new direct flight to San Diego, with some expecting their travel time cut in half.

CEO says Southwest is losing millions weekly in labor fight

The CEO of Southwest Airlines says a spike in planes ruled out of service for mechanical items is costing the carrier millions each week because of delayed and canceled flights.

Southwest gets FAA OK for flights to Hawaii from California

Southwest Airlines has been approved to offer flights between California and Hawaii, the FAA said Wednesday.

Government shutdown cost Southwest Airlines $50 million more than estimated

Southwest Airlines says the government shutdown will cost the company around $60 million in first-quarter revenue, up from its previous estimates of $10 million to $15 million.

Southwest Airlines announces as much as $15 million loss from government shutdown

Southwest Airlines announced Thursday that the ongoing government shutdown has cost the airline an estimated $10-$15 million in revenue.

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 29, 2018

Southwest apologizes after gate agent allegedly mocks 5-year-old named Abcde

A Texas mother is calling out a Southwest Airlines employee who she said mocked her 5-year-old daughter’s name and posted a picture of the child’s boarding pass on social media.

New Southwest Airlines emotional support animal policy allows only dogs and cats on leashes or in carriers

Joining several other carriers that have adopted tough new rules on pets, Southwest Airlines is adopting a new policy for emotional support animals in the cabin, allowing only dogs and …

UPDATED: Tue., July 10, 2018

Peanuts no longer fly at Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines has touted fares so low passengers can “fly for peanuts.” But as of Aug. 1, the nuts will no longer fly.

FAA faces scrutiny over how it handled concerns about Southwest operations before Flight 1380 tragedy

A federal watchdog is investigating the Federal Aviation Administration’s oversight of Southwest Airlines after a hotline complaint about operational issues at the airline and the engine failure incident on Flight …

UPDATED: Wed., May 16, 2018

Southwest Airlines finishes engine fan blade checks after Flight 1380 accident

Southwest Airlines has completed checks on the rest of its 35,500 engine fan blades and found no signs of the cracking that’s been blamed in the fatal engine failure onboard …

Bookings for Southwest fall after fatal accident

Inspections of jet engines at Southwest Airlines turned up one cracked fan blade last year but no others since last week’s deadly accident that investigators believe started when a weakened …

Bookings for Southwest fall after fatal accident

Southwest Airlines says bookings are down since the fatal accident on one of its planes last week.

UPDATED: Mon., April 23, 2018

Southwest cancels another 26 Dallas flights, tracker says.

A North Texas aviation expert said the next month to month-and-a-half could be a pain for travelers booked onto Boeing 737 flights.

UPDATED: Fri., April 20, 2018

Southwest Airlines gives $5,000 to passengers on fatal flight

The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday ordered ultrasound inspections of hundreds of jet engines like the one that blew apart at 32,000 feet in a deadly accident aboard a Southwest …

Southwest Airlines sought more time for engine inspections

Southwest Airlines sought more time last year to inspect fan blades like the one that snapped off during one of its flights Tuesday in an engine failure that left a …

UPDATED: Wed., April 18, 2018

U.S. regulators to require inspections after engine explosion

U.S. airline regulators said late Wednesday they will order inspections on engine fan blades like the one involved in a fatal failure that killed a woman in a plane that …

UPDATED: Tue., April 17, 2018

Woman on Southwest flight dies after nearly being sucked out of jet after it blew an engine

A Southwest Airlines jet blew an engine at 32,000 feet and got hit by shrapnel that smashed a window, setting off a desperate scramble by passengers to save a woman …

Southwest Airlines direct flights from Spokane to San Jose begin

Frequent flyers to San Jose got a leg up this week, with Southwest Airlines beginning its daily, nonstop service between Spokane and the Bay Area city.

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 7, 2018

Airlines sue over new Washington state sick leave law

A coalition of airlines including Alaska, JetBlue, United and Southwest is suing Washington state over its new sick leave law, saying the measure will increase costs and delays for travelers.

Southwest agrees to pay $15 million over collusion claims

Southwest Airlines will pay $15 million to settle class-action lawsuits that accuse the four biggest U.S. carriers of conspiring to boost prices by holding down the supply of tickets for …

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 12, 2017

Southwest plans Hawaii flights with boost from Boeing Max

Flights to the state will begin next year or in 2019, the discount carrier said. The initial service will be from California, said Chief Revenue Officer Andrew Watterson, without elaborating …

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 5, 2017

Passenger dragged off flight claims racial profiling

A woman seen on video being dragged off a Southwest Airlines flight in Maryland has said she believes she was a victim of racial profiling.