What we’re reading: SWA’s new boarding option, Li-ion batteries may be banned in cargo, Boeing CEO tested


Southwest Airlines offers new boarding option

Those customers who want to get the coveted “A” group may be able get it for a price.

Beginning today, Southwest Airlines will offer Customers the opportunity to purchase one of the earliest boarding positions at the gate for $40 per flight, when available.

“At Southwest, we have developed boarding options that fit a variety of our Customers’ needs—from EarlyBird Check-In to our Business Select Fare,” said Kevin Krone, Southwest Airlines Vice President of Marketing, Sales, and Distribution.

Lithium-ion batteries may be banned from some airplanes’ cargo after Boeing 787 fires (updated)

Some airlines will be banning transport of lithium-ion batters via cargo.

Now it appears that the International Air Transport Association, a trade organization, wants to ban shipment of such batteries in the cargo of Cathay Pacific flights, according to one expert.

McNerney tested at Boeing as 787 inquiry raises costs

Boeing CEO Jim McNerney is conferring with executives during the investigation of the 787 Dreamliner.

“He wants to know in real time everything that’s happening” with the probe by Boeing employees and government agencies, said Tom Downey, the planemaker’s senior vice president of communications, who attends the meetings.