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A Quick Tip by Sharrie

  • Apr 6, 2011
While the movie documentary Capitalism: A Love Story which I just reviewed 2 days ago claimed that there were some compromises in the safety of the airline industry, it is alarming to see the recent Southwest incident in its Boeing 737 aircrafts (titled Boeing didn't expect 737 cracks so soon). As frequent flyers around the world would have tell you, this type of aircrafts are common, not only in domestic flights across the US, but also in China and international flights around South East Asia (especially so with the newly set up budget airlines which many of us have come to accept as reasonably safe). According to Boeing, some 579 aircrafts of this model are in operation. Now, that's not a minor number and most of these aircrafts are used for flights ranging from 40 mins to 4 hours. If each aircrafts fly on average 5x a day, we would have at least 2500 flights a day! What is the probability of one crashing? I don't know. But not too low, I presumed!

Although it's been assumed that the ones that may create potential problems are the older planes, unfortunately, no one can guarantee that and the engineers at Boeing are already wrong in expecting the problem to show up much later. All in all though, it's not a good sign for the industry!

Read more: FAA to require new safety inspections on Boeing 737s

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Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSELUV) is an American low-cost airline. Southwest is the largest airline in the world by number of passengers carried per year (as of 2007).[1] Southwest, the 6th largest U.S. airline by revenue,[2] maintains the third-largest passenger fleet of aircraftamong all of the world's commercial airlines. As of May 3, 2009, Southwest operates approximately 3,500 flights daily. Southwest is headquartered at 2702 Love Field Drive in the Love Field area of Dallas, Texas, adjacent to Love Field airport.[3]

Southwest Airlines has carried more customers than any other U.S. airline since August 2006 for combined domestic and international passengers according to the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics.[4] Southwest Airlines is one of the world’s most profitable airlines, posting a profit for the 36th consecutive year in January 2009.[5] However, Southwest has posted individual quarterly losses, despite the year-end revenue posting profits.

Southwest's successful business model involves flying multiple short, quick trips into the secondary (more efficient and less costly) airports of major markets, and using only one aircraft type, the Boeing 737.

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