Electricity Sparks Fuel Savings

A look outside an airport terminal window reveals a complex, ever-moving network of busy equipment, from baggage carts to aircraft pushback tractors. Our Ground Support Equipment (GSE) plays a crucial role in getting our Customers to their destinations safely and on time.

As part of our ongoing program to modernize our GSE fleet, Southwest invested $7.9 million in electric vehicles in 2017. Replacing fossil-fuel vehicles with electric ones saves fuel, reduces our operating costs, and bolsters our effort to provide low-cost air travel.

GSE Fleet and Fuel Savings
GSE Fleet and Fuel Savings
Southwest has 6,900 pieces of powered ground equipment that are used to support our fleet of over 700 airplanes. “Our fuel savings efforts are largely focused on saving fuel in the aircraft, but that’s not the full extent of what we can do,” says Adam Walters, Southwest Senior Environmental Specialist. “When you’re converting equipment on the ground, it’s another way that we can manage our impact on the environment and our bottom line.”

Electric GSE
Electric GSE
This baggage tug is a new electric vehicle that is part of our initiative to modernize our GSE fleet, making it more efficient and reliable by running on electricity instead of traditional gasoline or diesel fuel.

Reliability and Efficiency
Reliability and Efficiency
“New electric vehicles make our Ground Operations more reliable and efficient,” says Larry Laney, Southwest’s Director of Ground Support Operations, “and that makes our Customers and Employees happy.” “Our Vision is to become the world’s most loved, most flown, and most profitable airline11) The 2017 Southwest Airlines One Report contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Specific forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements related to (i) the Company’s Vision; (ii) the Company’s network and growth plans, strategies, opportunities, and expectations; (iii) the Company’s financial position, outlook, goals, targets, strategies, plans, expectations, and projected results of operations, including specific factors expected to impact the Company’s results of operations; (iv) the Company’s plans and expectations with respect to its new reservation system and other technology initiatives, and the Company’s related multi-faceted financial and operational expectations and opportunities; (v) the Company’s capacity plans and expectations; (vi) the Company’s fleet plans, strategies, and expectations, including its fleet modernization initiatives, and the Company’s related financial and operational expectations; (vii) the Company’s operational initiatives and related plans and expectations, including with respect to its technology initiatives; (viii) the Company’s expectations related to its management of risk associated with changing jet fuel prices; (ix) the Company’s expectations and goals with respect to returning value to Shareholders; and (x) the Company’s other initiatives, including construction, safety, and environmental initiatives, and related plans and expectations. These statements involve risks, uncertainties, assumptions, and other factors that are difficult to predict and that could cause actual results to vary materially from those expressed in or indicated by them. Factors include, among others, (i) changes in demand for the Company's services and other changes in consumer behavior; (ii) the impact of a continually changing business environment, economic conditions, fuel prices, actions of competitors (including without limitation pricing, product, scheduling, capacity, and network decisions, and consolidation and alliance activities), and other factors beyond the Company’s control, on the Company's business decisions, plans, strategies, and results; (iii) the impact of governmental regulations and other governmental actions related to the Company's operations; (iv) the Company’s dependence on third parties, in particular with respect to its fleet and technology plans; (v) the Company's ability to timely and effectively implement, transition, and maintain the necessary information technology systems and infrastructure to support its operations and initiatives; (vi) the Company’s ability to timely and effectively prioritize its initiatives and related expenditures; (vii) the impact of labor matters on the Company’s business decisions, plans, strategies, and costs; (viii) changes in aircraft fuel prices, the impact of hedge accounting, and any changes to the Company’s fuel hedging strategies and positions; and (ix) other factors, as described in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the detailed factors discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2017.—and Ground Support Operations is just one spoke in the wheel of providing great service.”

Better for Our Employees
Better for Our Employees
Our Ramp Agents appreciate that electric GSE, such as this belt loader, are quieter and cleaner than gasoline or diesel-powered machines.

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