Southwest Airlines Reports First Quarter Results

DALLAS , April 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) today reported a first quarter 2009 net loss of $91 million , or $.12 loss per diluted share, compared to net income of $34 million , or $.05 per diluted share, for first...

Following first quarter 2009, the Company executed and closed the first tranche of what is expected to be a two tranche sale and leaseback transaction for six of the Company's Boeing 737-700 aircraft. The first three aircraft tranche closed on April 2, 2009 for approximately $105 million and the second tranche is expected to be executed and closed in second quarter 2009 with similar terms and proceeds.

This news release 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 relating to (i) the Company's strategic initiatives and related expectations, (ii) its growth plans and expectations, and (iii) its expectations regarding future results of operations. These forward-looking statements are based on the Company's current intent, expectations, and projections and are not guarantees of future performance. 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) continued unfavorable economic conditions, which could continue to impact the demand for air travel and the Company's ability to adjust fares; (ii) the price and availability of aircraft fuel and any changes to the Company's fuel hedging strategies and positions; (iii) the Company's ability to timely and effectively prioritize its revenue and cost reduction initiatives and its related ability to timely implement, transition, and maintain the necessary information technology systems and infrastructure to support these initiatives; (iv) competitor capacity and load factors; and (v) 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 December 31, 2008 .

SOURCE Southwest Airlines

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