In the cover story, you will find that Southwest Airlines has a strategy of its own. Glenn Hipp, Director of Fuel Operations and Fuel Management talks about fuel operations and fuel storage facilities at Southwest. Hipp is certain we will see 'a lot more fuel automation' where just one person with a computer that controls all the fuel activities will operate an entire facility. Dr. Christine Groetzbach expounds on the advancements being made in fuel technology in her overview of what's on the market in automation and IT-products and solutions.
Given the fact that this is your magazine, it's important when I talk with you out in the field, I find out if you have any recommendations or suggestions for the magazine. However, more important, is that I take your suggestions seriously and do something about it. In early January, I had the "warm" opportunity to visit with Steve Hedges, Ground Equipment Maintenance Forum with United Airlines. I say warm because I was able to leave the 20 below temperatures in Wisconsin during my visit to San Francisco! Thanks to his comment about missing Vasko's column "Ruminations From the Ramp" Tony is back! He will be reporting "from the ramp in every other issue. I'm also hoping to get George Prill to hop back up on his soapbox for an issue or two with his humorous and provocative allocutions.
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It started over 30 years ago with a simple drawing of a triangle on a cocktail napkin; today Southwest Airlines, headquartered at Love Field in Dallas, is the 4th largest major airline in the US...
Glenn Hipp, Director of Fuel Purchasing and Inventory Management for Southwest announces his resignation effective August 24, 2007.
High fuel prices have dealt a much milder blow to carriers that have used a practice known as fuel hedging.
"I mean you're getting toward $75 a barrel. A lot of the long-term planning at airlines has been for something like $50 a barrel, so you can see the difference."