The first-ever scheduled international flights flown by Southwest Airlines took off earlier heading to the Caribbean, also marking the successful full implementation of Amadeus’ Altéa Suite, the next generation passenger services system for airlines. “We have realised our vision of flying internationally, and this success is a testament to the hard work, dedication, and expertise of the combined Southwest and Amadeus teams,” said Randy Sloan, Southwest Airlines senior vice president and chief information officer.
Southwest Airlines and Amadeus IT Group have announced they have entered into a joint contract for Amadeus’ Altéa reservations solution that will support the carrier’s domestic service. Amadeus’ Altéa reservations solution currently supports the company’s international service, and Southwest has long indicated a desire to operate just one reservation system, operating multiple systems following the acquisition of AirTran and the launch of international service on Southwest.
Southwest Airlines today operates its first revenue flight utilising a Boeing 737-800 equipped with Aviation Partner’s Boeing Split Scimitar Winglets. The newly designed winglet differs than those currently installed on the carrier’s fleet of Boeing 737s, with aerodynamic scimitar tips and a large ventral strake on the bottom of the blended winglet structure.
Southwest Airlines has revealed a trio of Caribbean beach destinations as the largest carrier of domestic passengers in the US prepares to begin selling international flights. “Beginning July 1st, Bags Fly Free beyond US borders to Aruba, The Bahamas, and Jamaica,” announced Southwest president Gary Kelly.
Southwest Airlines has reported its third quarter 2013 results, revealing record net income. Excluding special items, the carrier made $241 million during the period, or $.34 per diluted share, compared to third quarter 2012 net income, excluding special items, of $97 million, or $.13 per diluted share.
Ten people were injured after a Southwest plane’s nose wheel collapsed when it landed at New York’s LaGuardia Airport, according to reports.
Southwest Airlines and MGM Resorts International today launched a strategic marketing alliance between the companies’ loyalty rewards programs, Rapid Rewards and M life. Members of both programs now can accrue Rapid Rewards Points toward free flights for qualifying stays at MGM Resorts’ Las Vegas properties while enjoying VIP perks during their Vegas vacations.
Boeing and Southwest Airlines have announced the launch of the 737 MAX 7, the third member of the 737 MAX family. The Dallas-based carrier and launch customer for the 737 MAX program became the first airline to order the 737 MAX 7, when it converted 30 existing orders for Next-Generation 737s into orders for the 737 MAX 7.
Southwest Airlines today announced Craig Maccubbin will join the airline as its new Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Vice President of Technology Operations, effective May 6, 2013. In his new position, Maccubbin will be responsible for the Technology Operations for the airline, which includes all current Infrastructure and Services areas and Mobile Platform.
As the “Official Airline of Golf Lovers,” Southwest Airlines teed off a series of initiatives building on its commitment to those who love the game of golf. In addition to a new and exciting partnership with Adams Golf, maker of the #1 Hybrids on the PGA Tour, Southwest, the airline where golf bags fly free*, launched www.southwest.com/golf, making it the only airline with a dedicated golf landing page, featuring great fares to popular golf destinations, golf vacation packages, the ability to book tee times at more than 5,000 courses nationwide
A fresh face of Southwest Airlines is coming to a television near you! Today, the airline kicks off its new advertising campaign with TBWA\Chiat\Day—its first with the agency. Southwest worked with TBWA\Chiat\Day to build a campaign that tells the story of how Southwest became America’s Largest Domestic airline, while also featuring recent product improvements that include the Rapid Rewards program, inflight Wifi, Live TV, Evolve cabins, and the new 737-800 aircraft.
Southwest Airlines announced today that it has successfully completed the connection between the Southwest and AirTran networks. Customers are now able to purchase itineraries to the airlines’ combined 97 destinations, including international, in one transaction. The newly connected itineraries are on sale now via all Southwest and AirTran sales channels for service starting on April 14.