High number of aircraft out of service on any given day this week has led to a strict note to hundreds of Southwest Airline mechanics, including 80 based in Las Vegas. 19659004] The note from Lonnie Warren, Southwest's chief executive of tech ops production, called the airline's situation a "state of operational emergency."
Chicago Business Journal reporter Lewis Lazare received a copy of the note Friday and reported first about it
The message was sent to 277 mechanics in Houston, 167 mechanics in Orlando, 375 mechanics in Phoenix and another 80 in Las Vegas .
Some 2,400 mechanics work full-time for the southwest. All mechanics belong to the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA).
Warren wrote in the note: "We have experienced an unusually high number of outbound flights in recent days. Due to this number of exclusively airplanes, the operation requires all our planned aircraft maintenance techniques and inspectors. We have a commitment to our customers and our employees to to operate safely and efficiently. "
Southwest's maintenance organization issued a call to maximize the number of mechanics available for work. On an average day, the airline plans for as many as 20 aircraft to be unexpectedly out of service for maintenance products. Every day of the week, the proportion of outbound aircraft in our available fleet of about 750 aircraft, more than doubled the daily average without a common theme among the reported items. To take care of our customers, we require all hands on tires to address maintenance products so that we can promptly return flights to service. At the same time, our operational planners have worked in the background to minimize the impact for our customers.
– Southwest statement by Michelle Agnew
The airline is the most productive carrier at McCarran International Airport, flying more than 15 million passengers in and out of Las Vegas every year. There are no specifications if the number of aircraft out of service has caused an inflation of cancellations or delays in McCarran, the airline told News 3.
"On a given day, maintenance records and weather may cause daily cancellations for the airline operation," said an email on Saturday. "Earnings in the maintenance products we have experienced over the last few days have resulted in a slight increase in that number, but we do not have a breakdown of cancellations per city attributed to weather for maintenance. Daily operations teams are hard-pressed to deal with cancellations in the operation to Get as little impact on our customers as possible. "
The mechanics have been trying to negotiate a new contract with the airline since August 2012. The Chicago Business Journal described the talks as controversial.
"We stand firm in our commitment to securing a new contract for our hard-working mechanics," Agnew wrote.