(National Transportation Safety Board photo via the Associated Press)
Southwest Airlines’ beloved co-founder and former chairman Herb Kelleher has been in his grave for barely two months now, but he surely is spinning like a top within it over the acrimony and dysfunction now spilling out of what he called the Southwest family.
Last week flight cancellations and delays rose by a factor of five or six because of Southwest mechanics’ newly-exercised meticulousness when it comes to finding and fixing – ever-so-slowly – mechanical, structural and electronic issues discovered on many of the airline’s planes. In response, the Dallas-based carrier filed suit against the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association for conducting, allegedly, an illegal job action against the airline.
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By Adolfo Pesquera
TAC Air FBO at Braniff Centre – Dallas Love Field, Ramp Side rendering by The Gravity Company.
Dallas (Dallas County) – Partial demolition has been underway for several weeks at the former headquarters of Braniff International Airways, in preparation for the $140 million construction of the mixed-use Braniff Centre.
While most of the interior is being gutted, the basic structure of the exterior will be preserved as it is considered historically significant. Braniff began operations at Love Field in 1942 and constructed the landmark facilities between 1955-1958. The airline ceased operations in 1992. It later became the home of DalFort Aerospace, which operated there until 2002.
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