Elliott’s plan for Southwest: new governance, curbed costs, monetize passengers

Subscription Required By Judson Rollins June 13, 2024, © Leeham News: Elliott Investment Management announced an activist shareholder campaign against Southwest Airlines’ board and management earlier this week. The airline’s share price has declined 50 percent in three… Read More

Elliott takes 11% share in Southwest, demands leadership overhaul

By Judson Rollins June 10, 2024, © Leeham News: Hedge fund Elliott Investment Management announced yesterday that it has a $1.9bn position in Southwest Airlines, comprising 11% of the company’s shares. It issued a letter to the airline’s… Read More

Southwest, the “legacy LCC,” part 2: Bloated labor expense, difficult fleet strategy result in uncompetitive cost structure

Subscription Required By Judson Rollins Introduction May 20, 2024, © Leeham News: Southwest Airlines was founded on the principles of high employee productivity and low labor costs. But 53 years after beginning operations, its labor cost as a… Read More

Southwest, the “legacy LCC,” part 1: Not keeping up with industry standards crimps unit revenue

Subscription Required By Judson Rollins Introduction  May 13, 2023, © Leeham News: Southwest Airlines, previously a longtime darling of investors and leisure passengers alike, struggles to find its footing now that the post-covid US domestic market is returning to… Read More

Southwest could solve its MAX 7 woes … by buying Breeze?

Subscription Required By Judson Rollins Introduction  May 6, 2024, © Leeham News: Southwest Airlines, still awaiting the certification and delivery of the Boeing 737 MAX 7 as a replacement for its aging 737-700s, might have an unorthodox alternative:… Read More

Airlines impacted by new aircraft delays

By Vincent Valery Introduction   June 6, 2022, © Leeham News: LNA recently discussed the certification delays on all the current aircraft or variants under development: Airbus A321XLR, Boeing 737-7, 737-10, and 777X. Dreamliner deliveries have also been halted… Read More

Can Bombardier extend CS300 to a CS500? Part 2.

By Bjorn Fehrm Subscription required Introduction April 20, 2016, ©. Leeham Co: Last week we started our analysis to see whether Bombardier could stretch their C Series aircraft program from two members covering 100 to 135 passengers (in… Read More

Southwest press conference on 737 MAX order

Southwest Airlines held a web press conference (with written question submissions the staff can screen in advance–bad idea) on its new 737 MAX order. Here are highlights: Gary Kelly, CEO Only four 737 MAX delivered in 2017. Just… Read More