Southwest Airlines is overhauling its Boeing 737-700 and -800 fleet delivery plan for the next six years, citing a need to keep its fleet size essentially flat and reduce its near-term capital costs while still obtaining the benefits that the higher-capacity 737-800 provides. As a result, Chairman, President and CEO Gary Kelly says the carrier also needs to address the rate of 737 Classic retirements and the future of the 717s inherited from its acquisition of AirTran Airways. “We’re ...


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