Southwest airlines suspends the operation of the fifth part of its fleet
Airline low cost U.S. Southwest Airlines, pioneered this business model, has suspended the operation of 128 of its aircraft, the Boeing 737-700, which represent almost the fifth part of its fleet, to the percartarse that the devices had a past due maintenance check.
As explained by the company, it is the revision to the hydraulic system of waiting, which serves as a backup for the main hydraulic systems. Immediately and voluntarily, Southwest retired from circulation affected aircraft, started the maintenance intervals, reported to the FAA on the issue, and developed an action plan to complete all backward revisions”.
Airline spokesmen have emphasised that the operational impact, since the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA for its acronym in English) of the United States authorized him to continue operating the aircraft from a maximum of five days has been minimized, lapse in which required revisions must be completed.
“The safety of customers and employees is a top priority of Southwest, and the airline is working quickly to resolve the situation”, said since the company.
For its part, the FAA confirmed in a statement that the airline notified unit “that he had lost some inspections required in the secondary hydraulic system of the rudder to 128 of its Boeing 737 aircraft. The airline voluntarily removed service these aircraft, while that the FAA works with Boeing and Southwest to evaluate a proposal that would allow the airline to continue flying planes until inspections are completed”.
Southwest, the fourth largest in the United States, airline operates more than 3,400 flights a day to 93 destinations in the United States and five other countries, transporting more than 100 million passengers annually. To December 31, 2014, its fleet consisted of 665 aircraft Boeing 737 (120 of the B737-300; 13 of the B737-500; 447 of B737-700 and B737-80 0 85) and its workforce by more than 46,000 employees.