Another cracked blade was found in one of Southwest aircraft engines, and four to five cracks - in engines of other carriers. The discovery follows an inspection carried out by General Electric. Consequently, Southwest is intensifying a frequency of shop visits for its planes.

General Electric (GE) along with Safran are part of the joint venture CFM International that manufactures the CFM56-7B engine, which was involved in Southwest deadly incident back in April 2018. Now, the manufacturer is planning to increase fan blades inspections of its engines. “We expect to formalize the interval in a new service bulletin that will be issued in coming days,” said GE spokesman Perry Bradley, according to Bloomberg. Airlines should not be affected by this change of schedule, as most engines are already inspected.

On April 17, 2018, an aircraft en route from New York LaGuardia (LGA) to Dallas Love Field (DAL) suffered a failure of its CFM56 engine. Debris damaged a side of a fuselage and cracked a window, fatally injuring one passenger and wounding seven others.

The Federal Aviation Authority, also under scrutiny following Southwest incident, announced they would change regulation to “adjust the compliance time accordingly”.

Despite the fuel prices affecting other American airlines and a drop in bookings following the incident, Southwest recorded a strong second quarter of 2018 in its financial report published on July 26, 2018, with a net profit of $733 million, a 1.3% drop compared to June 2017 quarter. Unlike other U.S. airlines, Southwest still hedges its fuel consumption, a practice which protected it from the astronomical fuel bill that its direct rivals are facing.