Last updated: 09:16 AM ET, Wed March 04 2015

Southwest Completes Checks on 127 of 128 Planes

Airlines & Airports | March 04, 2015

Southwest Completes Checks on 127 of 128 Planes

THE PULSE: Southwest Completes Checks on 127 of 128 Planes

WHY IT RATES: Southwest has run afoul of the Federal Aviation Administration before when it comes to maintenance on its aircraft, to the point where it has twice been fined in the last decade. To not only have voluntarily reported and grounded the 128 aircraft that had not gone through maintenance inspections, and now to have completed the necessary checks and work needed on 99 percent of them within five days, is a sign of growth and a message to other airlines – the bottom line is, and always will be, passenger safety at any cost. - Rich Thomaselli, TravelPulse airlines editor

As of Monday, Mar. 2, Southwest confirms 127 of 128 aircraft identified as having been overdue for a maintenance check on a standby hydraulic system have the required check completed.

The lone remaining aircraft, undergoing scheduled heavy maintenance, will have the check before returning to service. Southwest successfully completed checks on all in-service aircraft within the approved five-day timeline set forth by the FAA.

SOURCE: Southwest Airlines press release


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