For the first time since its no-growth policy took effect in 2009, Southwest Airlines says, it is considering a fleet expansion. "We're trying to restore profitability to the point where it is finally justified to commit to buying airplanes," said CEO Gary Kelly, adding that the company is looking at 2013. "We don't have any plans to grow our fleet in 2011," he said. "I think 2012 is probably a little aggressive to think about a step-up in our fleet mix." Southwest has shifted some existing orders to the larger Boeing 737-800, but Kelly said he remains ambivalent about Boeing's next-generation narrow-body. "They are not moving fast enough for Southwest," he said.

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