What we’re reading: Southwest’s instrument failure, SWA/AirTran can be ‘home run,’ Boeing flexible


FAA investigating Southwest airliner’s navigation system loss at LAX

The US Federal Aviation Administration is investigating an incident where Southwest lost its navigation system on final approach to LAX.

The pilot of Southwest Flight 1445, carrying 92 passengers from San Jose to LAX, found that some of his instruments had failed while on approach to LAX around noon on Oct. 20, said Brad Hawkins, a spokesman for Southwest Airlines.

Southwest says AirTran deal can be ‘home run’

Southwest Airlines expect to win over new customers and “bring lower fares to unserved cities” if the AirTran deal goes through.

“This really has the opportunity financially to be a hone run for our shareholders, our employees and customers,” Southwest Executive Vice President of Strategy and Planning Bob Jordan told a media briefing in Dallas.

Boeing: Airlines flexible with 787 delay talks

A senior Boeing executive said that customers of its 787 airplane are flexible.

Jim Albaugh, chief executive of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said his company was responsive to the airline industry’s financial plight in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, for example by easing payment schedules.

“We’re seeing the same thing from the airlines,” said Albaugh of ongoing talks with customers of the 787, which had been slated to enter service in May 2008.

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