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Southwest Airlines - Difficult times ahead


Southwest Airlines stated it remains concerned that a further weakening of the US economy could negatively affect demand for air travel. CFO, Laura Wright, added that the “bad news is the yields are really bad”, but Southwest, nevertheless, is in a strong position. [1793 words]

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  • New business traveller product - priority security lanes
  • Watch out Northwest - Southwest to cautiously commence service to Minneapolis-St Paul
  • Sep-08 load factors fall sharply....again
  • Sector length on the rise
  • Capacity growth slows in Sep-08; capacity and fleet growth expected in 2009
  • Celebrates 15 years of at Baltimore/Washington; but network reductions in 1Q09
  • Can Southwest's stunning success continue?

Graphs and data:

  • Southwest Fuel Hedging Programme: as at Jul-08
  • Southwest Airlines traffic highlights for Sep-08
  • Southwest monthly passenger traffic (millions) and load factor (%): 12 months to 30-Sep-07 vs 12 months to 30-Sep-08
  • Southwest sector length: Mar-04 to Sep-08
  • Southwest departures by sector length: Week commencing 06-Oct-08
  • Southwest Airlines' capacity (ASK) growth (% change year-on-year): Jan-04 to Sep-08
  • Southwest B737 aircraft delivery schedule: 2008 to 2015
  • Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport domestic capacity (seats) share: Week commencing 29-Sep-08
  • Southwest's Baltimore/Washington Statistics
  • Southwest route network from Baltimore/Washington
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