Well, this gives me something to look forward to for my flight tomorrow. Just as we enter the 'spring break' period when the planes are packed. Oh boy, can't wait.
Southwest Grounds 41 Jets
Wednesday March 12, 1:35 pm ET
By David Koenig, AP Business Writer
Southwest Airlines Grounds 41 Jets After Missing Required Inspections for Structural Cracks
DALLAS (AP) -- Southwest Airlines grounded 41 planes overnight -- about 8 percent of its fleet -- in the wake of its recent admission that it had missed required inspections of some planes for structural cracks.
Southwest shares fell 4 percent in midday trading.
Southwest spokeswoman Christi Day said Wednesday that the move to ground 41 planes resulted in some flights being canceled
, although she didn't have a precise figure.
The company said it had 520 Boeing 737 jets at the end of last year. Nearly 200 of them are older models, the Boeing 737-300, that were supposed to undergo extra inspections for cracks in the fuselage.