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RECARO Aircraft Seating selected by Southwest Airlines to equip new Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft with BL3710 economy class seat

RECARO Aircraft Seating was selected by Southwest Airlines to equip new aircraft deliveries with the BL3710 economy class seat. The Dallas-based airline will begin taking deliveries in 2025.The BL3710 will feature a multi-adjustable headrest cushion, an ergonomically enhanced seat bottom, a backrest with lumbar support, and a new armrest design that maximizes seat width. Southwest selected this se...

Southwest Airlines orders 108 additional Boeing 737 MAX jets

Southwest Airlines is increasing its commitment to the fuel-efficient 737 MAX family with an order for 108 737-7s. The new deal supports Southwest's modernization strategy and provides flexibility to expand its fleet. The 737 family has long served Southwest by helping fuel the airline's continued growth. Southwest has placed over 300 orders for the 737-7, growing its orderbook to mor...

Pilots at biggest US budget carrier fly off with 29 per cent pay rise

Southwest Airlines pilots have approved a new contract that will boost pay almost 30 per cent over its term and improve retirement benefits while falling short of recent raises proposed at some rival US carriers. The agreement was approved by about 84 per cent of those voting, the Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association said. The labor group, which represents 8,500 aviators, and the airlin...

Southwest Plane Engine Explodes Mid-Flight

A Southwest Airlines flight from New Orleans to Orlando, Florida, was diverted after a problem with an engine.   Spokesman from the airlines, Chris Mainz, said the flight landed in Pensacola, Florida, around 9.40am Saturday.  Mainz says there were no injuries to the 99 passengers and five crew members.  A Southwest Airlines flight from New Orleans to Orlando was diver...

Southwest Airlines and TWU 555 Reach Tentative Agreement

Southwest Airlines Co. announced a new tentative agreement with Transport Workers Union Local 555, the union that represents more than 12,000 Southwest Ground Operations, Provisioning, and Cargo Agents. The Union’s Executive Board reviewed an Agreement in Principle that negotiators reached December 23rd and decided to conduct a ratification vote that could end more than four years of negotia...

Southwest settles FAA lawsuit for $2.8mn

Southwest Airlines and the United States have settled a lawsuit involving allegations the Texan LCC operated numerous B737 aircraft that did not conform to US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) maintenance standards and were therefore not airworthy. In November last year, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a USD12 million lawsuit against Southwest for three separate types of mainte...