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Southwest - Profitable second quarter, but “very difficult” months ahead


Southwest reported a return to net profitability in the three months ended Jun-2009 (2Q2009), a welcome change after three consecutive quarters of net losses for the carrier which, prior to that, had the enviable record of 17 consecutive years of net profitability. [2212 words]

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  • STRENGTHS: Hanging in there for now
  • WEAKNESSES: Yield and revenue pressures to continue to intensify
  • OPPORTUNITIES: Flexibility a big plus
  • THREATS: A new network strategy and new complexities
  • OUTLOOK: A challenging year ahead for Southwest, with no recovery foreseeable in the near future

Graphs and data:

  • Southwest financial highlights for three months ended 30-Jun-09 
  • Southwest financial highlights for six months ended 30-Jun-09 
  • Southwest share price growth: Aug-2008 to Jul-2009
  • Southwest operating margin: 1Q06 to 2Q09
  • Southwest yield per RPM (US cents) and cost per ASK (US cents): 2Q04 to 2Q09
  • Leading US Air Traffic Hubs: 2008 
  • Southwest fuel and labour costs as a portion of total operating expenses: 1Q06 to 2Q09 
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