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Southwest Airlines forced to ground 128 Boeing 737 airplanes for inspections

HowardBorden

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Southwest Airlines confirmed Tuesday evening that it grounded 128 of its Boeing 737-700 aircraft that day after it discovered that the airplanes had not received required inspections.
Southwest spokeswoman Brandy King said the carrier has canceled about 90 flights as a result.
Here's her complete statement:
Earlier today, we discovered an overdue maintenance check required to be performed on the standby hydraulic system, which serves as a back-up to the primary hydraulic systems.
Southwest inadvertently omitted the lowest of three intervals for the maintenance check, it was a conservative interval that was established within Southwest's FAA-approved maintenance program. As a result of this discovery, 128 -700 aircraft were identified as having overflown the required check.
Once identified, we immediately grounded the affected aircraft, initiated maintenance checks, disclosed the matter to the FAA, and developed an action plan to complete all overdue checks. Approximately 90 cancellations have occurred.
This was not an Airworthiness Directive. Of course, the Safety of our Employees and Customers remains our highest priority and we are working to resolve this matter swiftly.
Southwest Airlines has clashed several times with the FAA over maintenance issues. Last July, the agency proposed a $12 million fine over three separate issues. Southwest has challenged the fine in federal court.


http://aviationblog.dallasnews.com/...s-forced-to-ground-a-bunch-of-airplanes.html/
 

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Any Spirit Warriors want to remind me how consecutive profitable quarters you've had?

(Hook in water....I see em down there, they look like they are biting)
 

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Any Spirit Warriors want to remind me how consecutive profitable quarters you've had?

(Hook in water....I see em down there, they look like they are biting)

You can Google it if you are so lazy you ask on an internet forum. Hook in water? That goes great with your Submarine costume.:laugh:
 

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Any Spirit Warriors want to remind me how consecutive profitable quarters you've had?

(Hook in water....I see em down there, they look like they are biting)

They are grounding less than 20% of the fleet for 24 hours. I bet they still easily pull out a profit this qtr. especially with fuel as cheap as it is right now. Plus you know 5% of the 700 fleet was already down for scheduled mtx. It's a 2 hour inspection so many of the airplanes will be back up for the morning push. I'll bet let than 10% of there flights system wide CX today. SW brought this to the FAA's attention. Do you not think there was a little risk management planning done to minimize damage before this was done. Most affected PAX will probably be delayed for less than 6 hours I would bet.
 

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Any Spirit Warriors want to remind me how consecutive profitable quarters you've had?

(Hook in water....I see em down there, they look like they are biting)
Well, you take the number of Delta consecutive profitable quarters and multiply it by........no, that won't work because anything multiplied by zero has a product of zero. Sorry Bill, you'll need to look it up.
 

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Fish on!!

You clowns are so easy to spool up.....I could effin care less how many profitable quarters you had (but you'll tell us all I'm sure) but maybe spending a little on MX is necessary.
 

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Who's fishing? Facts are everywhere: couple of Air cowboys, I mean SW pilots park a plane near a gas station (great poster), overran the runway because tailwind landings in winter conditions are fun (yuuuu peeeeee), prove that you can't make nose wheel landings (SW pilots don't go around) and KILL a kid (that's right 2nd degree man slaughter). Sorry I mite be off a bit but the Air Cowboys fits perfect. Maintenance just wants to joint in...
 
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Who's fishing? Facts are everywhere: couple of Air cowboys, I mean SW pilots park a plane near a gas station (great poster), overran the runway because tailwind landings in winter conditions are fun (yuuuu peeeeee), prove that you can't make nose wheel landings (SW pilots don't go around) and KILL a kid (that's right 2nd degree man slaughter). Sorry I mite be off a bit but the Air Cowboys fits perfect. Maintenance just wants to joint in...
Actually, the FACTS support that Southwest is the second safest major airline in America. But of course the FACTS don't support your narrative so I'm sure you will ignore them.

Safety Ranking 2014

# 1 AIR NEW ZEALAND NZ Index 0,007
# 2 CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS CX, CPA Index 0,008
# 3 FINNAIR AY, FIN Index 0,010
# 4 EMIRATES EK, UAE Index 0,010
# 5 EVA AIR BR, EVA Index 0,010
# 6 BRITISH AIRWAYS BA, BAW Index 0,011
# 7 TAP PORTUGAL TP, TAP Index 0,012
# 8 ETIHAD AIRWAYS EY, ETD Index 0,012
# 9 AIR CANADA AC, ACA Index 0,012
# 10 QANTAS QF, QFA Index 0,013
# 11 QATAR AIRWAYS QR, QTR Index 0,013
# 12 ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS NH, ANA Index 0,015
# 13 VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIRWAYS VS, VIR Index 0,015
# 14 HAINAN AIRLINES HU, CHH Index 0,015
# 15 VIRGIN AUSTRALIA DJ, VOZ Index 0,015
# 16 JETBLUE AIRWAYS B6, JBU Index 0,015
# 17 KLM KL, KLM Index 0,015
# 18 LUFTHANSA LH, DLH Index 0,016
# 19 SHENZHEN AIRLINES ZH, CSZ Index 0,018
# 20 EASYJET U2, EZY Index 0,018
# 21 THOMAS COOK AIRLINES MT, TCX Index 0,023
# 22 WESTJET WS, WJA Index 0,026
# 23 TRANSAERO AIRLINES UN, TSO Index 0,027
--# 24 SOUTHWEST AIRLINES WN, SWA Index 0,028--
# 25 JETSTAR AIRWAYS JQ, JST Index 0,030
# 26 AIR BERLIN AB, BER Index 0,034
# 27 DELTA AIR LINES DL, DAL Index 0,038
# 28 THOMSON AIRWAYS BY, TOM Index 0,046
# 29 CONDOR DE, CFG Index 0,050
# 30 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SQ, SIA Index 0,052
# 31 UNITED AIRLINES UA, UAL Index 0,057
# 32 SWISS LX, SWR Index 0,064
# 33 RYANAIR FR, RYR Index 0,066
# 34 MALAYSIA AIRLINES MH, MAS Index 0,072
# 35 JET AIRWAYS 9W, JAI Index 0,078
# 36 CHINA EASTERN AIRLINES MU, CES Index 0,082
# 37 AEROFLOT SU, AFL Index 0,103
# 38 ALITALIA AZ, AZA Index 0,121
# 39 LAN AIRLINES LA, LAN Index 0,127
# 40 AIR FRANCE AF, AFR Index 0,141
# 41 AMERICAN AIRLINES AA, AAL Index 0,145
# 42 AIR CHINA CA, CCA Index 0,168
# 43 US AIRWAYS US, AWE Index 0,169
# 44 IBERIA IB, IBE Index 0,172
# 45 ALASKA AIRLINES AS, ASA Index 0,180


* Based on our annual safety calculations which include all hull loss accidents and serious incidents in the last 30 years of operations in relation to the revenue passsenger kilometers (RPK) performed in the same time. We also took into account the international safety benchmarks such as the IOSA Audit and the USOAP country factor. Furthermore we included a time weightening factor which increases the effect of recent accidents and weakening the impact of accidents in the past. All calculation data ends after a period of 30 years. Fatalities are only counted when they were on board a passenger flight. No ground casualties or 3rd party fatalities in other aircraft. All accidents that fulfills the above mentioned criteria were involved in our calculation, regardless of causes or responsibilities.

http://www.jacdec.de/safety-ranking-2014/
 

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Hey hey now!! My narrative never mention unsafe SW airlines!! But does afirm the fact that you all are bunch of cowboys!! And yes well paid and large bonus air Cowboys.

By the way, your own company safety calculation! I'm sure that was not adjust or fix just a hair here and there.....Cowboy!!
 
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Hey hey now!! My narrative never mention unsafe SW airlines!! But does afirm the fact that you all are bunch of cowboys!! And yes well paid and large bonus air Cowboys.

By the way, your own company safety calculation! I'm sure that was not adjust or fix just a hair here and there.....Cowboy!!
Do you read?

The data was compiled by Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre.

"Jacdec has become a global source for professional and accurate aviation safety information for the benefit of companies, aviation professionals, journalists and individual air-travelers."

And it was very clear what your insinuation was:

couple of Air cowboys, I mean SW pilots park a plane near a gas station (great poster), overran the runway because tailwind landings in winter conditions are fun (yuuuu peeeeee), prove that you can't make nose wheel landings (SW pilots don't go around) and KILL a kid (that's right 2nd degree man slaughter)."
 

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We sent the FAA some new flat screens and pizza.

Have 5 days to check them now. Problem solved!
 

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Southwest has great people but your mx compliance department sucks!! How many inspections can one airline miss and still be "luved" by the public?
 

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Do you read?

The data was compiled by Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre.

"Jacdec has become a global source for professional and accurate aviation safety information for the benefit of companies, aviation professionals, journalists and individual air-travelers."

And it was very clear what your insinuation was:

couple of Air cowboys, I mean SW pilots park a plane near a gas station (great poster), overran the runway because tailwind landings in winter conditions are fun (yuuuu peeeeee), prove that you can't make nose wheel landings (SW pilots don't go around) and KILL a kid (that's right 2nd degree man slaughter)."


ALWAYS be careful with data, it does not reflect the entire picture. First of all, where is this data coming from? How reliable is it? etc.

My eye opener was a flight* on a POS (<- and that's a compliment) Mexican airline that was ironically called Aerolineas Internacionales, that thanks to humanity is no longer in operation. I think any African black-listed airline would have had better safety standards. But guess what? They never had an accident or reported incident. Guess how they would have showed up on this "safety ranking"?

* Don't ask. Worst decision in my life
 

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Yeah, I'd bet "Aerolineas Internacionales" probably would not have made its way through an IOSA audit - you know its bad when the Mexican Feds yank your operating certificate.

However, after you "asterisking" your flight with a "don't ask", I now have to ask. How the hell?
 

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ALWAYS be careful with data, it does not reflect the entire picture. First of all, where is this data coming from? How reliable is it? etc.
The Airline Safety Ranking System

For over 12 years we develop the annual list of the largest airlines in the world, sorted by their Safety Index.
Most often we were asked to what extent one can ever compare airlines that operate are in different regions with different business models.
Is it possible to compare different?
There are no two airlines, which were absolutely the same in all aspects. Nevertheless, it is the globalized system of civil aviation that in most parts of the globe rests entirely on similar foundations.
Certainly, the Index has its limitations and restrictions in terms of its meaningfullnes. So all Index data is based exclusively on past events. A reliable statement for future risks of certain airlines can be derived only indirectly.
Furthermore, not every airline can be evaluated by the index. The ranking is limited to larger airlines that have achieved a minimum size in relation to their flown passenger kilometres (RPK). Regional Airlines, air-taxi companies or cargo airlines are therefore not shown by the Safety Index.
Since the early days, JACDEC has expanded and strenghened the Safety Index continuously.
Today, the calculation resembles hardly the relatively simple mathematics of the early years.
It would have been unthinkable to provide this flood of data and information in short periods of time in the analog age.
Eight central criteria now play into the Index calculation. (..see Index Section)
Some of our allies are the many governmental and supranational institutions that made week after week a variety of flight safety documents public.
All information available, whether single accident analytics, or global studies are daily updated in our JACDEC-Database. Together with other renowned safety institutions, industry services and private websites to form the backbone of our quality.
We believe that the JACDEC index is not perfect, but currently the best tool to represent the complex subject of flight safety seriously.
Another note: Much more important than the placement within the ranking is the real Index Value of an airline. Often single rankings differ only in the per thounsand range. To derive a de facto safety difference from it, would be wrong. More clearly than anything else is the Safety Index best indicating how an airline has done in comparison to previous years when it comes to its safety performance.
Many happy landings
Jan-Arwed Richter | Christian Wolf
 
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