Reporting from Dallas and Los Angeles — A week after a hole ripped open on the fuselage of a Southwest Airlines jet, the carrier's chief executive, Gary C. Kelly, said that all but two inspected planes would be back in the air by Saturday.
During a panel discussion at a gathering of financial journalists in Dallas on Friday, Kelly said Southwest had inspected and returned to service 78 planes but was still making repairs on two jets, including the Boeing 737 plane with the damaged fuselage.
Southwest canceled more than 600 flights last weekend after a flight from Phoenix to Sacramento suffered a rapid loss of cabin pressure when a hole tore open on the top of the fuselage. Inspections later uncovered cracks in the fuselage of five Southwest planes.
"We are very pleased no one was injured," Kelley said.
A Federal Aviation Administration official said an investigation into the cause of the incident had yet to be completed.
At the Dallas conference, Kelly also said he expected Southwest to continue to order planes from Boeing Co., the manufacturer of the 737-300 that was damaged during the flight to Sacramento.