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Southwest Won’t Be Altering Their Order for Hundreds More Boeing 737 Max Planes



Despite the fact that there seems to be no end in sight for the Boeing groundings, Southwest Airlines is staying loyal to the brand and has no plans to cancel or alter their orders for hundreds more airlines/southwest-removes-boeing-737-max-8-from-flight-schedule-through-may.html” target=”_self” rel=”nofollow noopener noreferrer”>Boeing 737 Max aircraft.

Chairman and Chief Executive of Southwest Airlines Gary Kelly airlines-boeing-737-max.html” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener noreferrer”>spoke on this at a North Dallas Chamber of Commerce event on Thursday afternoon.

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“Obviously, at this point in time, we don’t have any plans to change there,” Kelly said. “But like anyone, we’ll have to constantly evaluate what’s available in the marketplace. And we’ve been a Boeing customer all these years, and I think chances are we’ll continue to be a Boeing customer.”

He added, “It’s a very good airplane, but Boeing has acknowledged that they’ve got some things they need to address with the software in that airplane.”

“It seems like it’s a relatively straight-forward modification. We’re obviously anxious to get the airplane back in service.”

While Kelly seems pretty confident, Southwest and their Dallas-neighbor American Airlines are having to cancel hundreds of flights every day for June, July and even parts of August because the 737 MAX 8 are out of service. In their first quarter of revenue, Southwest lost about $150 million which can be attributed in some part to the groundings.

When asked if Southwest will follow Norwegian Air’s suit and press Boeing to cover some of those losses, Kelly didn’t make it sound like Southwest would.

He said, “There are definitely significant damages. I think it’s a little premature to say exactly how we’ll proceed, but we’ve had a wonderful partnership, if you will, with Boeing Co.”

“Boeing is one of America’s great companies going back over a century,” he added, “so I have every reason to believe that they’ll continue to be a good partner for Southwest.”

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Emirates Announces Firing Employees Amid the Pandemic



Emirates Airline, the last holdout among the Gulf region‘s three major East-West carriers in retaining its workforce announced on May 31, 2020, that it had fired an undisclosed number of employees, due to the near-shutdown of global air travel amid COVID-19.

The other two—Abu Dhabi’s Etihad and Doha-based Qatar Airways—had already scaled back in terms of staffing as the virus spread, virtually eliminating passenger demand and causing international borders to slam shut.

While Emirates has been applauded during the pandemic for continuing to run repatriation flights around the globe, as well as delivering cargo and critical supplies, it has been dramatically affected by the halting of international passenger travel, just like the rest of the world’s airlines.

In a statement, the company said, “We have endeavored to sustain the current family as is…but have come to the conclusion that we, unfortunately, have to say goodbye to a few of the wonderful people that worked with us.”

Without revealing any particulars of the mass firing, Emirates assured that those being axed from its workforce would be treated, “with fairness and respect.”

ABC News reported that to try and balance some of the immense losses the airline continues to suffer, Dubai’s Crown Prince, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, injected an undisclosed amount of equity into its operations back in March.

Although the flag carrier, owned by a Dubai sovereign wealth fund, had already reduced its staff members’ pay during the course of the global health crisis.

Meanwhile, Emirates’ home base, Dubai International Airport—typically the world’s busiest in terms of international passenger traffic—has also been running only a fraction of its normal operations.

Dubai, which has positioned itself as a critical hub for the free movement of people, goods and capital from around the globe (all of which the pandemic has disrupted), now depends heavily upon a resumption of activity at its airport.

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