Latest Gary C. Kelly News

Incoming CEO at Southwest Air faces numerous challenges

Jan. 10, 2022 10:33 AM EST

DALLAS (AP) — Robert Jordan will inherit a long list of challenges when he becomes the sixth CEO of Southwest Airlines, which is struggling to recover from a pandemic that battered its finances and left it a much smaller company. Southwest had never lost money over an entire year...

FACT FOCUS: Masks help curb spread of COVID-19 on planes

Dec. 17, 2021 20:54 PM EST

The CEO of a major airline suggested during a congressional hearing this week that face masks provide little value on planes — a claim that was quickly amplified online. Citing high-quality filtration systems aboard planes, Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly stated that “masks...

Airlines face shortage of pilots, other workers, execs say

Dec. 15, 2021 20:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Airlines are having trouble hiring pilots, flight attendants and other personnel, and that's part of what is causing canceled flights and scrapping of service to some airports, executives told legislators on Wednesday. American Airlines CEO Doug Parker said a...

Southwest sees Q4 profit, says omicron not hurting bookings

Dec. 08, 2021 15:26 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines said Wednesday that it expects to turn a profit in the fourth quarter and throughout 2022 as air travel recovers from the pandemic, and that the new COVID-19 variant is not hurting bookings. Company executives said travel demand was strong over...

American CEO Parker becomes latest airline chief to exit

Dec. 07, 2021 08:36 AM EST

DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines CEO Doug Parker will retire in March and be replaced by its current president, Robert Isom, as the airline seeks to rebuild after massive losses caused by the pandemic. Parker, 60, has led Texas-based American since late 2013, when he engineered a...