SWA announces new service/aircraft


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Nov 27, 2001
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New non-stops from SNA-SMF and LAX-MDW

Southwest Continues Growth Plans; Airline Announces More New Flights for April, May
DALLAS, March 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV - news) today announced it will add seven new flights to its schedule as it continues to recover and conservatively resume growth plans.

The new service will be made possible by three previously deferred deliveries of aircraft from The Boeing Co. The deliveries -- one in April and two in May -- will make possible two new nonstop routes between Sacramento and Orange County and between Chicago Midway and Los Angeles.

With these three additional aircraft, Southwest will have accepted delivery of 12 aircraft in 2002, bringing its fleet to a total of 364 Boeing 737 aircraft. These 12 aircraft are part of the 19 aircraft deliveries deferred last fall.

On April 7, 2002, Southwest will initiate new nonstop service between Sacramento and John Wayne Airport in Orange County with four daily flights.

On May 5, 2002, Southwest will initiate new nonstop service between Chicago Midway and Los Angeles International Airport with three daily roundtrip flights. A seven-day advance purchase fare of $89 each way based on a roundtrip purchase also is available on this new nonstop service through May 5.

``We are approaching growth opportunities conservatively, but we know our Customers have been anxious for this new nonstop service,'' said Jim Parker, Southwest's CEO and vice chairman. ``Although the airline is still in the recovery process, we cannot forget the wishes of our Customers to continue to bring low fares and affordable travel to more people with more convenient flights.''

Parker said the airline's Employees have been working feverishly on initiatives to make the airport experience more convenient in the new environment of heightened security. Although he acknowledged that the Company is unable to determine whether or not it will be profitable for first quarter 2002, he remains optimistic that growth plans can proceed cautiously.

The fare for the new nonstop flights between Chicago Midway and Los Angeles International is $89 each way with a roundtrip purchase and overnight stay required (any night). Travel at this fare must be completed by Aug. 3, 2002. The fare is for the nonstop flights only. Tickets must be purchased at least seven days before departure and within one day of making reservations. Fares do not include segment fees of $6 roundtrip, airport- assessed passenger facility charges of $9 roundtrip, and a government-imposed September 11 Security Fee of $5 roundtrip. Tickets are nonrefundable but (except for tickets purchased through our Group Tickets program) may be applied toward the purchase of future travel on Southwest Airlines. Seats are limited and may not be available on some flights that operate during peak or holiday travel times. Fares are subject to change until ticketed, and any change in itinerary could result in an increase in the fare.

Southwest currently serves 59 airports in 58 cities in 30 states. Based in Dallas, Southwest currently operates more than 2,700 flights a day