Southwest Delays Adding 'Hundreds' Of Planes | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

** Airborne 11.24.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 11.24.14 **
** Airborne 11.21.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 11.21.14 **
** Airborne 11.19.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 11.19.14 **

Wed, Feb 29, 2012

Southwest Delays Adding 'Hundreds' Of Planes

Rising Fuel Costs, AirTran Integration Blamed

Most commentary linking rising oil prices with suppression of an economic recovery relies on vague generalizations. But Southwest Airlines is blaming the upward march of fuel costs for a change in expansion plans which could delay the deployment of hundreds of additional planes, citing the need to reach a target of a 15 percent return on investment.

The Wall Street journal reports Southwest CEO Gary Kelly (pictured), speaking in Chicago at an employee event, said of jet fuel prices, "We prepared for $3.30, and now we're going to have to be prepared for $3.50." He adds that fuel costs, with additional uncertainty surrounding costs to merge recently-acquired AirTran, may require "schedule adjustments."

Kelly adds plans remain on track to replace some older Boeing 737 variants with the 737-800 to increase capacity, and the first of the more-efficient new 737 MAX aircraft will begin arriving in 2017, part of a recent $19 billion contract with the manufacturer.

There were bright spots in Kelly's outlook. He says the AirTran acquisition will bring Southwest customers access to the world's busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson International in Atlanta, and add 22 cities to the list of those served, and an improvement in annual revenue of $400-500 million.

FMI: www.southwest.com

Advertisement

More News

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.26.14)

FAA Aviation Safety Information Analysis And Sharing System (ASIAS) The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) promotes the open exchange of safety information in order to continuou>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.26.14): Density Altitude

Pressure altitude corrected for nonstandard temperature. Density altitude is used in computing the performance of an aircraft and its engines.>[...]

Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.26.14)

“We hope to never see an event like this again, but, we must be prepared." Source: FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, on the release of the agency's 30 report on the fire at t>[...]

ANN FAQ: It's Alive! ANN REALTIME NewsBug Headlines for YOUR Desktop!

It's For Real! ANN REALTIME NewsBug Released To ANN Readers, Worldwide For those of you using a windows PC (MAC version in the works... we promise), a new REALTIME News Service fro>[...]

Helicopters Still Flying Tourists Over Hudson River

But Activists Continue To Call For A Ban On The Flights A group of activists in New York and New Jersey are still working to have sightseeing flights over New York City and the Hud>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2014 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC