SWAPA Continues Collaborative Negotiations on New Airframe

Aug 31, 2010, 18:30 ET from Southwest Airlines Pilots' Association

DALLAS, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Tomorrow the Southwest Airlines Pilots' Association (SWAPA) will meet with the Company regarding their intent to convert current Boeing 737-700 aircraft orders to the larger 737-800s. This meeting continues ongoing productive talks and collaboration between Southwest Airlines and its pilots regarding the potential acquisition of the 737-800.

"One of the primary concerns for our pilots is job security and the issues associated with adding aircraft with increased capacity while the Company is actively retiring planes with less capacity," said Capt. Carl Kuwitzky, SWAPA President. "We share the Company's enthusiasm for the added revenue this aircraft can provide. However, we must address the aircraft's effects on pilot productivity."

SWAPA continues to seek viable solutions which recognize both the risks and rewards presented by the Company's plans. SWAPA remains focused on working with the Company to realize our collective goals.

"We look forward to continued meetings with the Company in the days ahead," continued Kuwitzky. "We have made progress thus far and we are encouraged that we will complete a deal in the near term that is beneficial to both Southwest Airlines and its pilots."

SOURCE Southwest Airlines Pilots' Association