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• Greenopia ranks Southwest 7 out of 10 airlines for its environmental performance
• Southwest began a new in-flight recycling program in 2009 with Republic Services, Inc. Working with this new company allows Southwest to recycle co-mingled paper, plastic and aluminum, which makes it easier to recycle a greater volume of materials
• In March 2007, it was made public that Southwest Airlines failed to complete several fuselage inspections required by the Federal Aviation Administration.
• On two occasions, Southwest jets developed holes in their hulls.
-- Profile Updated 08/26/2011
About Southwest Airlines
Southwest Airlines services to 70 different cities in 35 states with its fleet of over 500 Boeing 737 aircrafts. In 2011 Southwest purchased Airtran holdings for $3.2 billion. In 2010 the company employed 34,901 employees and boasted sales of $12.1 billion.
There are no known affiliates associated with Southwest Airlines.
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According to Greenopia, an environmental group that seeks to create a directory of green businesses, Southwest ranks 7th out of 10 airlines that are rated for their environmental and sustainability initiatives. Southwest received a 2 out of 4 “leaf” rating. One of the main concerns of Greenopia was the average age of Southwest’s fleet, 15 years, which led to a high CO2 output per customer. The rankings are based on six different categories: the availability of carbon offsetting, in-flight recycling, fuel conservation, availability of alternative fuel types, green food options and green building design. Greenopia gathers their information from the airlines’ annual reports.
-- Greenopia, 08/01/2011
According to Southwest’s 2010 annual reports, the company is undertaking several environmental initiatives. For example, the company has a 5-year commitment to buy 30% renewable energy to power its Houston and Dallas facilities. Also, Southwest supports the Air Transportation Association’s industry-wide plan for reducing CO2 emissions. Parts of this plan call for an industry-wide cap and trade system for CO2 as well as improved fuel efficiency.
-- southwest.com, 05/04/2011
Source URL: www.southwestonereport.com/planet.php
Southwest has recently unveiled its new “Green Plane.” This plane serves as a testing ground where new environmentally friendly in-flight procedures can be experimented with before they reach the public. Some of the tested procedures include using lighter weight products to reduce fuel use and more products made from recycled materials. A video of the green plane is available at: www.blogsouthwest.com/video/southwest-airlines-unveils-green-plane-0
-- southwest.com, 05/04/2011
Southwest began a new in-flight recycling program in 2009 with Republic Services, Inc. Working with this new company allows Southwest to recycle co-mingled paper, plastic and aluminum, which makes it easier to recycle a greater volume of materials.
-- southwest.com, 05/04/2011
Southwest ranks 142nd out of 500 Fortune500 companies in Newsweek’s 2010 Green Rankings. Southwest received a Green Score of 76.25 out of 100 (with 0 being the lowest and 100 being the highest). The Green Score is based on the environmental policies of the company, the overall environmental footprint, and a reputation survey, which is based on a poll done by executives in the company and various “green” experts.
-- Newsweek, 10/18/2010
• Southwest Airlines has taken several steps to become more enivromentally friendly. Southwest altered operating procedures to lower fuel consumption. Some tactics include short turn over time, lifejackets (not required for domestic airlines) so they could fly more direct paths over water, and using electric power on tools such as baggage belts. In addition, Southwest Airlines made an effort to reduce paper was by being the first airline to offer paperless ticketing. Southwest Airlines also created Green Team comprised of employee volunteers that work to create different ways to make Southwest Airlines enviromentally sustainable.
-- southwest.com, 06/09/2009
• Southwest Airlines started offering its personal line of coffee, LIFT™, in “green” paper cups made from 12% post consumer recycled paper. The cups sleeves are made from 99% post consumer recycled material.
-- Airline Industry Information, 05/05/2009
• Southwest Airlines just completed its first RPN (Required Navigation Performance) roundtrip flight. Required Navigation Performance is a new flight system that uses GPS to enable more direct flight routes which will reduce carbon emissions and save fuel. “In support of the FAA's Roadmap for Performance-Based Navigation, Southwest is investing $175 million during this six-year project to implement RNP procedures, retrofit aircraft, and train its Pilots.” Southwest’s goal is the first airline to use RNP on all flights.
-- PR Newswire, 03/17/2009
Ethics and Governance
Southwest was fined $200,000 in 2010 for its practice of bumping passengers on overbooked flights. Last year, Southwest bumped over 13,000 passengers, which is 80% more than the next highest violator. (However, Southwest does carry the largest number of passengers in the US and the odds of getting bumped were higher on other airlines such as American Airlines Affiliate, American Eagle.) The main problem was the fact that Southwest failed, in some cases, to reimburse bumped passengers or to read them their rights. A Southwest spokesperson has said the company takes the violation seriously and will look to improve practices in the future.
-- New York Times, 04/27/2010
Source URL: www.nytimes.com/2010/04/28/business/28fine.html
• In 2007, Southwest Airline’s CEO Gary C. Kelly annual income was $1,922,868, a 97% increase since the previous year.
-- AFL-CIO, 06/09/2009
• Southwest Airlines scored 90 out of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index. The Corporate Equality Index is a tool to measure how equitably companies are treating their gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees, consumers and investors.
-- Human Rights Campaign, 06/08/2009
• Southwest Airlines has a Diversity Council that meets bi monthly to discuss and support company efforts to improve recruitment and advancement of women and minorities, increase supplier diversity, and education and train employees regarding diversity awareness. The council also addresses issues in an effort to improve inclusiveness and diversity within Southwest Airlines.
-- southwest.com, 06/06/2009
• On May 4th 2009, Southwest Airlines started offering its own line of coffee, LIFT ™. Southwest Airlines will donate money to the Guatemala Light project based on the amount of coffee consumed. The Guatemala Light Project brings solar powered LED lights to substance farmers in coffee growing areas of Guatemala. The project also educates recipients on how to use the lights.
-- The Financial, 05/05/2009
Health and Safety
In April 2011, another Southwest 737 developed a hole in its hull, this time in the roof. The incident is being investigated.
-- Dallas News, 04/06/2011
• During a July 2009 Southwest Airlines flight from Nashville to Baltimore a football sized hole was ripped in the roof of the Boeing 737 aircraft. The crack was caused by an unnoticed fatigue crack. In March 2009, the FAA fined Southwest Airlines $7.5 million for flying jets with similar cracks.
-- New York Times, 07/14/2009
Source URL: www.nytimes.com/2009/07/15/us/15plane.html
• In March 2007, Southwest Airlines reported to the Federal Aviation Administration that it had failed complete several fuselage inspections. Instead of grounding the planes until inspection could be completed, Southwest Airlines continued to fly the planes. In addition, evidence has came forward that indicates that Southwest was working with FAA agents to keep their error unknown. Currently, the Federal Aviation Administration is fining Southwest Airlines $10.2.
-- National Public Radio (NPR), 04/03/2008
• A 22 year old autistic man was removed from his direct Southwest flight as a result of his actions related to his autism. He was then put on a series on non direct flights leaving his family unaware of his location or safety. The Southwest claimed that their flight attends did not know he was autistic and apologized to the man and his family.
-- Fox 12 Oregon, 08/07/2008
Source URL: www.kptv.com/news/13838990/detail.html