Southwest Airlines Has 40 Planes Out Of Service - Operational Emergency Declared

Southwest Airlines Has 40 Planes Out Of Service - Operational Emergency Declared

Southwest Airlines Has 40 Planes Out Of Service - Operational Emergency Declared

The Dallas-based airline has ordered mechanics to come in to work for an "operational emergency".

AMFA accuses Southwest of pressuring mechanics to approve planes for service too quickly because planes that are grounded do not make money for the airline. As a result, the company declared an operational emergency.

Southwest Airlines, which canceled hundreds of flights in the past few days over maintenance issues with its planes, apologized to customers late Tuesday evening and blamed the disruption on the union representing its mechanics. The memo gives the airline the ability to assign longer work hours and change staffing assignments.

"We will be investigating this current disruption and are exploring all possible remedies", Chief Operating Officer Michael Van de Ven said. No particular cause or pattern of maintenance problems was reported by the airline.

Southwest is blaming the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association for "work disruptions". "Southwest Airline's scapegoating of its expert Aircraft Maintenance Technicians does not bode well for the airline's safe operations", he said.

While the exact details of the meeting have yet to be disclosed, the correlation between mechanics and an unprecedented amount of mechanical issues with the aircrafts seems too closely related. "For Southwest's leadership to connect the airline's self-declared "operational emergency" to collective bargaining negotiations is simply an attempt to divert attention away from the airline's safety issues".

The union worries it will "increase the level of coercion and further degrade safety", as "technicians will be forced to work mandatory overtime irrespective of. fatigue".

Sky Harbor spokeswoman Krishna Patel told KTAR News 92.3 FM that 18 flights - 10 departures and eight arrivals - were canceled as of 8:30 a.m.

That suit was suspended amidst an early contract agreement with the union, but the proposed contract was later rejected by the AMFA, Bloomberg reports. "That is why the FAA has heightened its oversight of Southwest during this time".

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has cleared Southwest to begin demonstration flights between the mainland U.S. and Hawaii. "The FAA will not close its investigation until it is satisfied that Southwest's corrective actions are consistent and sustained", Lunsford said. Cancellations accounted for 11 percent of Southwest's entire fleet and delays affected 13 percent.

"Sometimes if you get a hiccup or three hiccups and aircraft need service that's not part of the regular program, that can throw your schedule off pretty fast", said Bill Waldock, a crash investigator and professor of safety science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

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