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April 6, 2011
For an airplane fuselage to be torn open ("Southwest grounds jets after hole opens midair," April 3) this particular plane could not have been thoroughly and timely inspected for a long, long time. After this horrific occurrence, now the inspections begin. It seems to me that the inspection process is certainly not what it is "cracked up" to be. Ruth Fried, Owings Mills
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
As their corporate partners express concern about the Ray Rice case, the Ravens have been reaching out — courting them anew — to try to ensure that dozens of long-held relationships and the millions in revenue they provide remain intact. In the strongest-worded statement from a Ravens sponsor yet, Southwest Airlines on Monday called the allegations of misconduct by NFL players "disturbing," adding that it was ready to "take prompt action," depending on the course of events. The club, which sent an open message to sponsors and fans Monday, wants to be certain its fabric of about 100 sponsors — both local and national firms — does not begin to unravel over questions surrounding its handling of the Rice situation.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | October 6, 1996
At the rate it's going, Southwest Airlines may have to change its name. Having built a reputation for offering low fares and frequent flights around the Southwest, the airline has slowly been expanding eastward.Southwest's first flights to the Northeast are scheduled for Oct. 27, when it will offer nonstop flights between Providence, R.I., and Baltimore (eight daily nonstops each way, with a $59 unrestricted one-way fare, $39 for 14-day advance purchase).It plans to start service on the same date between Providence and Chicago Midway (two nonstops, $149 one way, $89 for 14-day advance)
BUSINESS
By Arthur Hirsch and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
Southwest Airlines hopes to add Central America to its list of destinations with daily round trip service from Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport to Costa Rica starting in early March, the airline announced Friday. The Dallas-based carrier, which is BWI's largest, has applied for permission from the U.S. Department of Transportation to add the flights to Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose, Costa Rica. With its many national parks and nature sanctuaries, the country is known for having pioneered ecotourism, and is the most visited Central American country, according to the World Tourism Organization.
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By NANCY JONES-BONBREST and NANCY JONES-BONBREST,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 5, 2005
Jim Utick Ground operations/ramp agent Southwest Airlines, Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport Age: 44 Years in the business: 19 - the last four with Southwest Airlines Salary: $13.82 an hour How he got started: Utick went to work for an airline in Monterey, Calif., after leaving a factory job. After completing his bachelor's degree from the State University of New York at Oswego in 2001, Utick thought he would go into teaching. He instead began working for Southwest Airlines in Baltimore and decided to stay.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF | February 8, 2002
More than 1,500 Southwest Airlines passengers were evacuated yesterday from a pier at Baltimore-Washington International Airport because of what airline officials described as a faulty X-ray machine at a security checkpoint. Five flights were grounded during a security sweep that lasted nearly two hours, and the malfunctioning screening device was shut down. "The good news is that a [security] breach did not occur," said Steve Sisneros, district marketing manager for Southwest, BWI's largest carrier.
BUSINESS
By BLOOMBERG NEWS | July 20, 2001
DALLAS - Southwest Airlines Co.'s second-quarter profit fell 7.9 percent as passenger traffic slowed with the U.S. economy and the largest low-fare carrier trimmed ticket prices even further to attract travelers. Net income declined to $175.6 million, or 22 cents a share, compared with $190.6 million, or 24 cents, a year earlier, Southwest said yesterday. Its sales rose 6.4 percent to $1.55 billion from $1.46 billion. Southwest, the largest carrier at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, joined Continental Airlines Inc. and Alaska Air Group Inc. as the only carriers among the nation's eight largest to earn money in the second quarter.
BUSINESS
By Paul Adams and Paul Adams,SUN STAFF | October 18, 2000
While some of its largest competitors were being hammered by rising fuel costs and canceled flights last summer, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines was busy adding seats and stealing market share on its way to posting a 45.1 percent increase in third-quarter income. The steadily growing discount air carrier yesterday reported net income of $184.3 million for the quarter that ended Sept. 30, compared with $127 million in the third quarter of 1999. Those results translate into earnings of 35 cents per share, up from 24 cents a year earlier and 3 cents higher than the average estimate.
BUSINESS
By Bloomberg News | June 18, 2008
Southwest Airlines Co., the only big U.S. carrier that's still profitable, might expand its fleet next year as competitors shrink operations to blunt surging fuel bills. The largest low-fare airline might keep as many as 10 older planes set to be retired this year and then add 14 new jets next year, Chief Executive Officer Gary C. Kelly said in an interview. As United Airlines and others prepare to pare flying in the fourth quarter, Southwest has delayed deciding on next year's expansion, he said.
BUSINESS
By BLOOMBERG NEWS | October 15, 2004
DALLAS - Southwest Airlines Co. reported yesterday that its third-quarter net income rose 12 percent as the largest low-fare carrier flew more passengers and purchase contracts helped reduce the effect of record jet fuel prices. The dominant carrier at Baltimore-Washington International Airport said its net income increased to $119 million, or 15 cents a share, from $106 million, or 13 cents, a year earlier. Sales rose 7.8 percent to $1.67 billion. Analysts expected the airline to earn 12 cents a share.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2014
Many of the airplanes overhead in the Baltimore region could start looking a bit different soon, as Southwest Airlines unveiled a new logo and design for its aircraft Monday. The Dallas-based airline is the largest carrier in and out of BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport in Anne Arundel County, operating more than 70 percent of the flights along with subsidiary AirTran. The new red, yellow and blue logo is in the shape of a heart, meant to convey the people-first ethos long espoused publicly by the airline, it said.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
Erin Sharp arrived at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport a little less than two hours before her 9:40 a.m. flight to San Diego on Sunday, timed so that her 11-month-old son would zonk out on the plane and they would arrive home with the afternoon to spare. Instead, Sharp wouldn't leave the Anne Arundel County airport for another nine hours, she said, after an enormous ticketing line for Southwest Airlines caused her and other passengers to miss their flights and the airline couldn't immediately get her onto another.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2014
There's already a movie about snakes on a plane, so of course sharks would be next. Southwest Airlines is launching a summer promotion in partnership with Discovery Channel that will give its passengers access to the network's Shark Week content , including an advance showing of  the "never-before-seen" TV special "Jaws Strikes Back. " Customers can watch the airline's "exclusive" Shark Week Channel on their mobile devices when flying Southwest planes equipped with WiFi.
BUSINESS
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2014
Storms that pummeled the Baltimore region Friday meant headaches for travelers at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport as flights were cancelled and delayed throughout Friday event. As of this morning, flights at BWI had returned to a normal schedule. Southwest Airlines, the dominant carrier at BWI, reported that about a dozen flights were cancelled, out of 205 scheduled departures. But because most other flights were full, they could not be rebooked Friday.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2014
This fall Southwest Airlines is adding Dallas and Punta Cana to the list of cities it serves nonstop from Baltimore. Beginning Oct. 13, travelers can fly from BWI-Marshall Airport to Dallas Love Field, where the airline got its start more than 40 years ago. Introductory fares are $99 each way for travel Oct. 13 to Dec. 17. Book by May 23. The airline also announced Monday that it will add two cities - Punta Cana and Mexico City - to its...
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By Stephanie Citron, For The Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2014
The shortest distance between two points is a straight line, thereby making "nonstop" one of the most fetching words in travel today. Luckily for us, BWI-Marshall Airport seems to be piling up flights that will get you to your destination without interruption. BWI offers so many nonstop routes that you could choose a different city each week and not run out of places to go for more than a year. For our new series of occasional articles, we'll be exploring some of these destinations that are perfect for a quick getaway from Baltimore.
BUSINESS
By Ian Johnson and Ian Johnson,Staff Writer | July 15, 1993
Southwest Airlines triggered a mini price war with its formal announcement yesterday that it would start service at Baltimore-Washington International Airport on Sept. 15.At an airport ceremony, the Dallas-based carrier, known for its reliable, Spartan service and low prices, said it would start five daily nonstop flights to Cleveland, with tickets costing $49 one-way.Two of those flights will continue on to Chicago's Midway Airport, for a total of $89. Direct Baltimore-to-Chicago service will also be available three times daily for the same one-way price.
TRAVEL
By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2014
Alaska Airlines , which today announced new flights between Baltimore and Seattle, is launching its new service at BWI-Marshall Airport with a fare sale . The airline will offer daily inbound and outbound service between BWI and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport beginning Sept. 2.  Travelers can fly nonstop to Seattle for $119 one-way. Sale fares must be booked by April 3 and require travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Travel must be completed by Nov. 19. Alaska Airlines will provide the only year-round nonstop flights to Seattle.
BUSINESS
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | January 27, 2014
Southwest Airlines will make its first international flights July 1, including flights between Baltimore and Aruba, the Bahamas and Jamaica, as the carrier takes over routes flown by subsidiary AirTran Airways. Daily flights will operate between Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and Aruba and Nassau, Bahamas. The airline will operate twice-daily flights between BWI and Montego Bay, Jamaica. AirTran currently flies on those routes. Flights to those Caribbean locations also will be scheduled from Atlanta and Orlando, Fla. "We are in the process of converting existing AirTran destinations with Southwest products," said Dan Landson, a Southwest spokesman.
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