Southwest Airlines declares emergency due to broken planes

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Since Friday, the carrier experienced more cancellations and delays than any other US airline.

The airline told CNN that it is involved in an "ongoing effort to track and voluntarily report operational data to the FAA so that we can mitigate and eliminate any operational risks". The figures have raised eyebrows for Southwest Airlines.

A war of words erupted Tuesday night between Southwest Airlines and the airline's mechanics union, the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association or AMFA.

Reagan National airport in Arlington, Virginia, had the most disruptions -180 flights, or 39 percent of outbound trips were cancelled Wednesday.

"Southwest's maintenance organization continues to operate under a staffing protocol enacted late last week to maximize the availability of Mechanics across all scheduled shifts".

The union counted that Southwest is "scapegoating" mechanics, and it warned that the conflict "does not bode well" for safety at one of the nation's biggest airlines.

Southwest Airlines canceled more than 100 flights over the Presidents Day weekend not from weather or crew issues but because more than twice the number of its Boeing 737s were out of service for maintenance.

"We are requiring all hands on deck to address maintenance items so that we may promptly return aircraft to service", a spokesperson for Southwest said in an email at the time. The most recent proposal by Southwest was to increase annual pay and include bonuses, which was rejected by the union workers.

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Southwest has scrapped 519 flights since Friday, according to FlightAware.com, although the total includes flights grounded by weather.

More than 40 aircrafts have been listed as having maintenance problems.

View of Southwest airplane from below while in flight via pixabay. The new service, which is expected to begin next month, will pressure profit margins by forcing the airline to discount early flights more than it had expected, analyst Catherine O'Brien said in a note to clients Wednesday.

He said the connection between the operational emergency and union negotiations amounted to an attempt to divert attention away from safety issues.

Oestreich contended that mechanics were working overtime but that the airline has the fewest mechanics to aircraft ratio of any major carrier. Southwest has claimed in the past that mechanics are purposefully causing issues as a way to force the company into negotiations.

The Federal Aviation Administration said that it has "heightened its oversight of Southwest", citing that as standard practice when airlines face labor issues.

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The "operational state of emergency" memo came just days after Sens.

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