DALLAS, Tx. (AP) - Southwest Airlines said it will pay all employees a $1,000 cash bonus next week and order more planes as a result of the recent tax law.
Southwest said Tuesday that it exercised options to buy 40 more Boeing jets valued at $4.5 billion while delaying 23 previous orders valued at $2.1 billion by up to five years. Airlines often get discounts from sticker prices.
The airline also said it will donate an extra $5 million to charities in 2018. It did not identify recipients.
Dallas-based Southwest pays cash taxes and so expects to benefit from the new law's lower corporate income-tax rate. In addition, airlines should benefit from a provision that will let them expense the cost of new planes more quickly.