Southwest Airlines had a challenging 2022, including an IT system meltdown during a major storm that stranded many travelers. But that isn’t the only challenge Southwest faces. Their next challenge is taking delivery of the long-overdue 737 MAX 7 to replace the 737-700, the mainstay of their fleet.
The following chart shows the recent evolution of Southwest’s fleet. The carrier has been taking about one new 737 MAX 8 per week over the last two years while waiting for the plane it wants, the MAX 7. Congressional legislation eliminated a requirement for a new crew alerting system that would have gone into effect in late December 2022, and the 737 MAX 7 is now on track for certification in mid-2023. This is not a moment too soon for Southwest, which wants the smaller MAX. Their existing 737-700 fleet is aging, averaging 17.7 years, and has rising maintenance costs. Southwest needs deliveries of the MAX 7 as soon as possible.
The technical storage or access is strictly necessary for the legitimate purpose of enabling the use of a specific service explicitly requested by the subscriber or user, or for the sole purpose of carrying out the transmission of a communication over an electronic communications network.
The technical storage or access is necessary for the legitimate purpose of storing preferences that are not requested by the subscriber or user.
The technical storage or access that is used exclusively for statistical purposes.The technical storage or access that is used exclusively for anonymous statistical purposes. Without a subpoena, voluntary compliance on the part of your Internet Service Provider, or additional records from a third party, information stored or retrieved for this purpose alone cannot usually be used to identify you.
The technical storage or access is required to create user profiles to send advertising, or to track the user on a website or across several websites for similar marketing purposes.