One article (which may or may not be accurate) contains "quotes" from one mechanic and our whole MX
operation should be called into question? Whatever.
I also do not hate any competing airline. Why? Because I know mechanics who are currently working for or have worked for the following airlines:
Etc, etc, plus many now-defunct airlines and cargo operators...
The mechanics who work for these airlines are my brothers
. They know what it is like working in the freezing cold, unable to feel their hands, covered in Skydrol, by the light of one measly flashlight with weak batteries. I would hate to see them not be able to provide for their families. I know many who have suffered cutbacks and concessions. I also feel for the many other airline employees in the various departments who are affected as well.
Back to the topic of MX
, here's some facts for you:
We are ahead of or on schedule for every major modification required on our fleet.
The first 737 to activate the Rudder Enhancement mod as a result of US Airways Flt 427? A Southwest aircraft.
We will be operating at the new RVSM requirements way in advance of our required compliance date (somewhere in the neighborhood of one year).
We finished our reinforced cockpit door modifications nine months ahead of schedule.
The installation of the Transient Supression Devices in our fuel tanks (the result of TWA 800, which by the way you conspiracy theorist knuckleheads need to get over it) are ahead of schedule.
And so on and so on and so on...
I wouldn't claim to know more than any of you at your jobs, how about returning the favor? Unless you are a SWA mechanic, like myself, don't pretend to know more about our operation than we do.
And Freshlove, the -700 lavatories operate on a vacuum system and use very little blue water, so that automatically casts a shadow on your credibility.
Nor do we "powerback" our planes like Gizmo mentioned. It is not our procedure nor have I EVER heard of it being done. That incident was most likely the result of ground handling.
I don't expect everyone to like Southwest. But when people start talking out of their A$$es as it pertains to my department, I will not stand for it.
Patrick Bateman is my hero.