Southwest Airlines Resumes Regularly Scheduled Operations Tuesday, April 5, 2011 Southwest Airlines said today as of 9:00 a.m. Central Time that it had completed inspections on all aircraft required to resume scheduled operations. Minor subsurface cracking was found in five aircraft that will remain out of service until Boeing recommends appropriate repairs and those repairs have been completed. Two aircraft are awaiting inspection, which will be completed within the next 24 hours, but Southwest is able to operate regularly scheduled service at this time.
The FAA has notified Boeing operators that they will be issuing an emergency directive for a specific subset of the Boeing 737-300 fleet. With our knowledge of what the FAA had planned, we believe the 79 aircraft identified for inspection will accomplish this directive for Southwest Airlines. A reference in the FAA’s statement to similar inspections of certain 737-500 aircraft focuses on a particular set of airplanes not included in the Southwest fleet.
Southwest will operate a full schedule on Tuesday. Customers can always view the latest information regarding their specific flight by visiting http://www.southwest.com/flight/flight-status-select.html