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Southwest Airlines planning ‘radical changes’ at AirTran

Southwest Airlines planning ‘radical changes’ at AirTran

24 August 2011 Airline News

Southwest Airlines plans “radical changes” at AirTran Airways, the low-cost airline it acquired in May. Gary Kelly, chief executive at the Dallas-based carrier, said: “I think we can improve the profitability and so absolutely you are going to see a different offering there.”

Southwest Airlines sees profits rise in second quarter

Southwest Airlines sees profits rise in second quarter

5 August 2011 Airline News

Southwest Airlines has reported second quarter 2011 net income of $161 million, or $.21 per diluted share, compared to net income of $112 million, or $.15 per diluted share, for second quarter 2010. Operating income was $207 million for second quarter 2011, compared to $363 million for second quarter 2010.

DoJ green lights Southwest Airlines’ acquisition of AirTran

DoJ green lights Southwest Airlines’ acquisition of AirTran

27 April 2011 Airline News

Southwest Airlines has been cleared to complete its acquisition of AirTran after an investigation found the deal was “not likely to substantially lessen competition”. Officials at the American Department of Justice found the merged firm would be able to offer new service on routes that neither serves today.

Southwest Airlines moves close to AirTran completion

Southwest Airlines moves close to AirTran completion

26 April 2011 Airline News

Southwest Airlines has confirmed it intends to close its transaction to acquire AirTran, on May 2nd 2011. Southwest also said it anticipates Bob Jordan, Southwest’s executive vice president strategy and planning, to be appointed as president of AirTran to help guide the airline through its integration with Southwest.

FAA calls for further Boeing 737 checks

FAA calls for further Boeing 737 checks

5 April 2011 Airline News

The Federal Aviation Administration has confirmed it will issue an emergency directive requiring operators of specific early Boeing 737 models to conduct initial and repetitive electromagnetic inspections for fatigue damage. The decision follows a mid-air rupture of the fuselage skin on Southwest Airlines flight 812 on Friday.

Southwest Airlines depressurisation latest

Southwest Airlines depressurisation latest

4 April 2011 Press Release Airline News

Southwest Airlines said early this morning it is working with the National Transportation Safety Board to determine the cause of a depressurization event during a Phoenix-Sacramento flight on Friday that diverted to Yuma, Ariz., for a successful emergency landing.