Southwest Airlines News Stories

Southwest 737 MAX 8 Lands Safely After Engine Emergency

March 26, 2019

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 that was on its way to a California airfield for storage had to make an emergency landing on Tuesday due to an engine problem.


Southwest's Hawaii Flights Start March 17

March 4, 2019

Southwest Airlines will launch its delayed Hawaii flights later this month, initially on the Oakland-Honolulu route.


Southwest Gets FAA Approval For Hawaii Flights

February 27, 2019

Southwest Airlines has received FAA approval to fly to Hawaii, a process that was delayed because of the US government shutdown earlier this year.


Southwest Plane Overruns California Runway

December 6, 2018

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 rolled off the end of a runway at California’s Burbank Airport, coming to a halt in an overrun area.


Alaska Air Adds Paine Field Flights As Southwest Exits

November 15, 2018

Southwest Airlines has abandoned plans to start flying from Paine Field, north of Seattle, and said it had transferred its slots to Alaska Airlines.



NTSB Announces Hearing On Southwest Engine Failure

July 24, 2018

The US National Transportation Safety Board will hold an investigative hearing in November on the failure of a CFM International engine on a Southwest Boeing 737 flight in April.


Southwest Sees Bookings Drop After Engine Failure

June 4, 2018

Southwest Airlines expects its operating revenue per available seat mile (RASM) to drop by about three percent in the second quarter on lower bookings after April’s fatal engine failure.


FAA, EASA Tighten CFM56-7B Inspection Deadline

May 17, 2018

The US FAA and European aviation safety regulator EASA have issued further updates for the inspection of CFM56-7B engine fan blades, the type that failed on a Southwest Airlines aircraft last month.


Southwest Plane Collides With Service Truck

May 7, 2018

The PR hits for Southwest Airlines continued over the weekend with one of the low cost carrier’s aircraft involved in a collision with a ground services truck.


Southwest Engine Fan Blade Showed Signs Of Metal Fatigue

May 3, 2018

The fan blade on the Southwest Airlines 737 engine that failed last month showed signs consistent with metal fatigue, the US NTSB said in an update on its accident investigation.