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Southwest Airlines declares 'state of operational emergency' with high number of aircraft out of service

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Southwest Airlines on Friday morning issued a blunt memo to hundreds of the carrier’s mechanics. The memo, which came Lonnie Warren, Southwest's senior director of tech ops production, declared what the low-fare carrier called a “state of operational emergency.” The Chicago Business Journal obtained a copy of the memo, sent to 277 mechanics based in Houston and 167 mechanics in Orlando, Florida. The same memo also was distributed to 375 Southwest mechanics based in Phoenix and another 80… (www.bizjournals.com) 更多...

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ADXbear
ADXbear 3
Alarming to passengers. In-light of the past structural problems affecting the fleet, whats next? Are these cheap airfares cutting maintenance corners? rarely does one see such an uproar by mechanics. It was featured story here in Orlando channel 6 a few weeks ago.
Moviela
Ric Wernicke 5
If too many planes are out of service it would seem that management is not supplying spares and equipment to get the job done. MX cannot fix a tray table or replace filters if there is no stock in the parts bin.
bbabis
Bill Babis 2
One airline's operational emergency is another's windfall.
yr2012
matt jensen 4
I thought the purpose of Herb buying and operating only one type of Boeing aircraft was to prevent this. Perhaps it's just a case of mechanic union flu? A lot of that flu going around these days ya know.
sparkie624
sparkie624 1
That is the airline I know... It is a bad culture and anyone who has seen many of my posts knows it.... This is not a bit surprising, but rather more expected...

The last paragraph says a lot for the Culture: "The new declaration also comes as the Inspector General in the United States Department of Transportation is in the middle of an audit of Southwest’s safety culture and alleged cozy relationships between Southwest and some FAA safety inspectors."
serdyfsx12
JOE SERDYNSKI -1
Does seem to be the "New Trend" of Declaring an Emergency to cover an invented emergency due to incompetence on Management . . .
bishops90
Brian Bishop 5
Just can't help yourself, can you? Need some meds for that TDS?
serdyfsx12
JOE SERDYNSKI -1
Just the Facts Ma'am . . .
joelwiley
joel wiley 0
Maybe by declaring an 'emergency' management believes the can side step contract and labor laws and put the mx folks to work 24/7 till the backlog is cleared?
ToddBaldwin3
ToddBaldwin3 2
I'm guessing that the specific phrase and verbiage of "Operational Emergency" is part of the union contract that give SWA certain tools, such as the ones listed in the article.
sparkie624
sparkie624 0
It has been so long since I saw their contract... I do not remember something like that...

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