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DALLAS | Herb Kelleher, co-founder of Southwest Airlines, dies at 87

DALLAS— Jan 03, 2019—Herb Kelleher, who changed the airline industry by helping create and lead Southwest Airlines, a low-fare carrier that made air travel more accessible to the masses, has died. He was 87. Southwest confirmed that Kelleher died on Thursday. Kelleher was a lawyer in San Antonio when a client came to him in … Continue reading DALLAS | Herb Kelleher, co-founder of Southwest Airlines, dies at 87

In airline-business rarity, Air France picks a woman CEO

When the leaders of global airlines posed for a photo in June, there were 25 men in dark suits and a lone woman in the last seat on the far right. That could be changing, but very slowly. Air France announced Wednesday that Anne Rigail will take over as CEO next week. Rigail, a 27-year … Continue reading In airline-business rarity, Air France picks a woman CEO

Business News: Southwest Airlines Reports October Traffic

DALLAS, TX – Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) (the “Company”) today reported its October and year-to-date 2018 preliminary traffic statistics. The Company flew 11.3 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in October 2018, an increase of 6.0 percent from the 10.7 billion RPMs flown in October 2017.  Available seat miles (ASMs) increased 7.7 percent to 13.4 … Continue reading Business News: Southwest Airlines Reports October Traffic

HOUSTON | Boy Scout’s toy grenade causes bomb scare in Houston airport

HOUSTON (AP) — A Boy Scout who packed a toy grenade in his carry-on bag caused the shutdown of a security checkpoint at Houston’s William P. Hobby Airport Thursday morning, just a day after the international terminal of the city’s other major airport was evacuated due to a bomb scare. Houston Airport System spokesman Bill … Continue reading HOUSTON | Boy Scout’s toy grenade causes bomb scare in Houston airport

DALLAS | Bookings for Southwest fall after fatal accident

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines says bookings are down since the fatal accident on one of its planes last week. The company said Thursday that it expects revenue per mile, which tracks average prices, will drop between 1 percent and 3 percent in the April-through-June quarter. It said that about 2 percentage points of the … Continue reading DALLAS | Bookings for Southwest fall after fatal accident

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M | Southwest jet victim’s husband: ‘Mommy’s not coming home’

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The husband of an Albuquerque woman killed in a Southwest Airlines jet that blew an engine while flying said he broke the news about her death to their two children at their school, telling them: “Mommy’s not coming home, guys.” Michael Riordan told ABC News in an interview broadcast Tuesday that … Continue reading ALBUQUERQUE, N.M | Southwest jet victim’s husband: ‘Mommy’s not coming home’

DALLAS | Southwest Airlines sought more time for engine inspections

DALLAS | April 19, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  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 passenger dead. The airline opposed a recommendation by the engine manufacturer to require ultrasonic inspections of certain fan blades … Continue reading DALLAS | Southwest Airlines sought more time for engine inspections

PHILADELPHIA | Jet with engine, window damage makes emergency landing

PHILADELPHIA | April 18, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) A Southwest Airlines jet with a damaged engine and broken window made an emergency landing at Philadelphia’s airport Tuesday, and one passenger was critically injured. A former federal investigator theorized the plane blew an engine and the shrapnel hit the aircraft. Seven other people aboard the Boeing 737 that … Continue reading PHILADELPHIA | Jet with engine, window damage makes emergency landing

PHILADELPHIA | Southwest Airlines plane makes emergency landing in Philly

PHILADELPHIA  | April 17, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  A Southwest Airlines flight from New York’s La Guardia Airport to Dallas made an emergency landing at Philadelphia’s airport Tuesday with part of the covering from its left engine ripped off. Passengers walked off the plane on the tarmac at the airport. It wasn’t immediately known if anyone on … Continue reading PHILADELPHIA | Southwest Airlines plane makes emergency landing in Philly

Power fully restored at Atlanta’s international airport

ATLANTA/December 18, 2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) —Minutes after its midnight deadline to get the electricity back on at the world’s busiest airport, Georgia Power announced early Monday that power had been fully restored to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, where more than 1,000 flights were grounded just days before the start of the Christmas travel rush. A sudden power … Continue reading Power fully restored at Atlanta’s international airport

Southwest pilot with loaded gun arrested before boarding

ST. LOUIS, MO/November 16, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — A Southwest Airlines pilot was arrested early Wednesday after a loaded handgun was found in his carry-on luggage before his flight left St. Louis, officials said. The Transportation Security Administration said in a statement that local law enforcement was alerted around 4:45 a.m. and took possession of the … Continue reading Southwest pilot with loaded gun arrested before boarding

Southwest Expands Flights to Cover Entire Bay Area from STL

New Non-Stops to San Jose and Sacramento Will Begin Spring 2018 St Louis, MO September 2, 2017 (STL.NEWS) Southwest Airlines is expanding its non-stop network from St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL) to cover the entire San Francisco Bay Area with the announcement of new non-stop service to San Jose, CA (SJC) and Sacramento, CA … Continue reading Southwest Expands Flights to Cover Entire Bay Area from STL

Southwest Airlines Expanding Service to Cancun and other Destinations Next Spring

ST. LOUIS, MO July 27, 2017 (STL.NEWS) Southwest Airlines has released its spring 2018 schedule which includes a major boost in flights for St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL). The schedule, which begins in March, includes an expansion to daily service from single-day, Saturday service from STL to Cancun (CUN). The CUN service was just … Continue reading Southwest Airlines Expanding Service to Cancun and other Destinations Next Spring

Solar Eclipse From The Heart: Southwest Offers Celestial Chasers Flights With Flare

DALLAS, TX/July 21, 2017 (STL.News) – Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE:LUV) today celebrated the beginning of a one-month countdown to an exciting moment in the lives of millions of Americans: a total solar eclipse visible in a coast-to-coast celestial shadow that temporarily will envelop Southwest cities from Portland, Ore., to Charleston, SC. The carrier has identified … Continue reading Solar Eclipse From The Heart: Southwest Offers Celestial Chasers Flights With Flare

Southwest Airlines to offer flights from Lambert to Cancun

Fly from St. Louis to Cancun, Mexico using Southwest Airlines ST. LOUIS, MO/May 20, 2017 (STL.News) Southwest Airlines recently announced that Lambert International Airport will become their next international gateway with new service to Cancun, Mexico. Southwest, in releasing its November through January 2018 operating schedule, set a start date for the Saturday round trip service between … Continue reading Southwest Airlines to offer flights from Lambert to Cancun