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Southwest Airlines suddenly grounds scores of planes due to aircraft weight issuesSouthwest Airlines abruptly grounded 66 Boeing 737 aircraft in its fleet last Wednesday after issues with the carrier’s aircraft weight records were discovered. In an internal memo to employees on the matter that was obtained by the Chicago Business Journal, Southwest said: “Today (Wednesday) we discovered the weights being sent to our Dispatch Operation did not match our other weight records for a number of aircraft in the fleet. As a result, and out of an abundance of caution, we have stopped… (www.bizjournals.com) More...
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Very transparent by WN, as it should be.
That's exactly what this is here. Deviation could not be much and could be easily worked around by substituting the maximum possible dry weight for these a/c. Also, a very well-written article by a reporter who clearly knows a thing or two about the aviation industry (or at least sticks to the facts and avoids sensationalism).
No pun intended here, but the BOTTOM line is that average FAA weights are woefully UNDER the real weight of most people who board an aircraft. Perhaps the FAA could update the "average" weight to reflect more accurately the current state of fast food fed Americans. LOL.
LOL... I think you are exactly Correct!
I'm glad SWA had the temerity to come out and admit there was a problem with weight on their aircraft. Now if we could just get their pilots to stop going V1 down the taxiways, that would be impressive.
LOL... they were probably has someone getting ready to blow the whistle on it... If they did not think they would get caught, they would not have said or done a thing... Keep in mind this is the company that was paying the Feds and got busted for it.