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  • Southwest737
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    I do agree that Southwest needs to expand more into the Northeast region, but right now is not the time. They need to figure themselves out after the baggage screeners siuation was put into effect. But where are people getting info of the new airport??? I looked over SWA websites and recieved NOTHING!!

    Canyon Blue- PLEASE CHECK YOUR PM!!!

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  • NWA_4_life
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    On this topic of Southwest comming to ABE, I had read that Southwest had talked about flights to TTN(Trenton) which has not seen real action since Eastwind airlines pulled out in late '99. To me, this makes perfect sence, because 1) Southwest would have the entire airport to themselves and 2)TTN is closer to Philly than ABE. Works for me.

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  • JayDavis
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    I am not trying to get into an arguement CanyonBlue, even though you work for WN. I just don't see International flights ever for your company. Southwest is all about planes in the air, that won't happen with quick your famous quick turn-arounds at Intl. destinations........

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  • Canyon Blue
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    Jay,

    I am a current employee of SWA. I am also in the hiring pool for pilots. I'm sorry it took so long to reply but I'm currently finishing up my type rating course. The way I figure it is that Mexico and Canada might happen in the next 5-7 years....depending on how the economy goes. Europe is a long shot,but we never say never here......nobody thought we were gonna do transcons but look we're announcing our second one. I truly love working for this airline.....before this I flew for American Eagle and truly hated it because of management's treatment of all the employee groups. At SWA I management truly trying to do right by everyone...so maybe I get a little starry eyed but like I said the next 10 years are gonna be fun for SWA and I for one am glad to be hear. From my viewpoint I could see SW flying to RIC,COS,MKE,CHS,FAT,YYZ,YVR,YWG,YUL,YEG,MEX,CUN,MZT,&SJD among other places but again thats just my viewpoint....you can challege it if you want.

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  • Southwest737
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    They just never stop do they......?? Read on..


    Southwest Airlines Connects the Dots With More Nonstop Flights; Airline Adds Flights in Key Markets With Discounted Fares

    DALLAS, Dec. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) continues connecting the dots on its route map by introducing nonstop flights between the following key cities beginning April 6, 2003.

    -- Two daily nonstop flights between Phoenix and Detroit.
    -- One weekend-only flight between Reno and Burbank.
    -- One weekend-only flight between Reno and San Diego.


    The airline also will add one daily nonstop flight each way between the following cities:

    -- Between Baltimore/Washington and Austin (for a total of two daily
    roundtrips).
    -- Between Baltimore/Washington and Phoenix (for a total of five daily
    roundtrips).
    -- Between Baltimore/Washington and San Antonio (for a total of two daily
    roundtrips).
    -- Between Baltimore/Washington and West Palm Beach (for a total of
    four daily roundtrips).
    -- Between Chicago Midway and Houston Hobby (for a total of three daily
    roundtrips).
    -- Between Phoenix and Raleigh-Durham (for a total of two daily
    roundtrips).


    "In today's economy, business connections mean everything. At Southwest, that means it's not what you know, but where you go," said Joyce Rogge, Southwest's senior vice president of marketing. "By connecting the dots, we're adding service to places our Customers want to go."

    Southwest is offering a discounted fare of $99 each way for the daily nonstop service between Detroit and Phoenix available for purchase now through April 6, 2003. The airline is offering a fare of $59 each way for the nonstop service between Reno and Burbank or San Diego available for purchase now through April 12, 2003. Both fares are good for travel on the nonstop service only through the end of Southwest's published schedule (currently June 6, 2003). Tickets must be purchased at least seven days prior to departure and within one day of making reservations. Roundtrip purchase and an overnight stay are required. Seats are limited and may not be available on some flights that operate during peak travel times, such as Easter weekend. Tickets are nonrefundable, but unused tickets may be applied toward the purchase of future travel on Southwest Airlines (except for tickets purchased through the Southwest Airlines Group Tickets program). Fares do not include a federal segment tax of $3 per takeoff and landing. These fares also do not include airport-assessed passenger facility charges of up to $9 roundtrip or federal September 11th Security Fees of up to $5 roundtrip per person. Fares are subject to change until ticketed, and any change in itinerary could result in an increase in the fare.

    Southwest Airlines is the nation's fourth largest carrier in terms of Customer boardings. The airline serves 59 airports in 58 cities in 30 states and operates nearly 2,800 daily departures nationwide.
    www.southwest.com

    SOURCE Southwest Airlines

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  • Southwest737
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    I do not see Southwest offering service to ANY international destination. Not at least in the next 20 years! They have plenty of opportunity to grow in the US and do you have any idea what a pain in the a** it is to operate international flights? Customs, immigration, spraying down the plane, etc. !! Southwest is all about quick turn-arounds and keeping their planes in the air, that will NOT happen if they begin to fly international routes! There are a ton of cities here in the US "begging" Southwest to start service to their cities, so I just don't see international service ever happening, it would not fit Southwest's business model of frequent service and quick turn-arounds.

    While everything you say does make a very valid point, and I myself don't see SWA flying to international countries although I have mentioned it would be nice.....Canyon Blue does work for Southwest, and I will take his word against anyone elses for the fact that he knows what he is speaking of and the fact that HE WORKS FOR SOUTHWEST. I can see SWA flying to DEN UNLESS UAL comes back after Ch. 11. Like I said earlier...They have to expand more in the North-Northwest region area. Maybe fly to more airports, like quincy, Il and Moline, and etc, like the cities AirTran flies to then we can see some tough competitions!!!!! [img]nod.gif[/img] . But for now, SWA is cool where its at, and they shouldn't change it (even though I want them to... [img]images/smiles/icon_wink.gif[/img] ) because if its working..why change it and then ruin it...hmmh?

    [ December 23, 2002 10:01 PM: Message edited 1 time, lastly by Southwest737 ]

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  • Southwest737
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    Jay--

    I am a just a big happy fan of Southwest and I do plan on working for them, but unfortuantly I don'y work there. Most of my comment are based on rumors usually healed with facts, and CanyonBlue actually does work for Southwest, I belive he is training of some sort--I will let him explain it to you. My comments about SWA making new roytes were true, and I poisted the two roputes, Clevland to Reno and BMW-SJC round trip. Thats it, bye.

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  • JayDavis
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    To Canyon Blue and Southwest737 I have these comments.
    Do both of you work for Southwest? If so, what job do you perform? Are both of you in management, marketing, revenue forecasting, etc.? Are you actually qualified to make the statements you've made above or are you just actually wishing a "pipe dream"?

    The reason I ask these questions is this; I do not see Southwest offering service to ANY international destination. Not at least in the next 20 years! They have plenty of opportunity to grow in the US and do you have any idea what a pain in the a** it is to operate international flights? Customs, immigration, spraying down the plane, etc. !! Southwest is all about quick turn-arounds and keeping their planes in the air, that will NOT happen if they begin to fly international routes! There are a ton of cities here in the US "begging" Southwest to start service to their cities, so I just don't see international service ever happening, it would not fit Southwest's business model of frequent service and quick turn-arounds.

    Just my two cents worth!

    Jay

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  • Lance
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    Southwest expansion?

    Here is an idea.

    Medford, Oregon!

    United Airlines is pulling out of the Medford market. (MFR-SFO) on 1/7/03. United Airlines has a average 75% load factor on this flights (A319 and B-737-300/500). I wish Southwest Airlines would start flying into Medford, OR (from Oakland, CA) to replace the hole in the market left by UAL. That would be nice! [img]images/smiles/icon_smile.gif[/img]

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  • Southwest737
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    while this is not an "expanding" story its more good news for southwest customers...

    DALLAS, Dec. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Members of Southwest Airlines'
    (NYSE: LUV) Rapid Rewards frequent flyer program will keep right on earning
    double credit for online bookings at southwest.com, the airline announced
    today.
    "Customers love this bonus promotion," said Debra Benton, Southwest's
    director of loyalty marketing. "Now, members of our frequent flyer program,
    Rapid Rewards, can earn double credit for trips booked and flown by
    June 6, 2003." (Previous deadline was April 4, 2003.)
    Double credit was first introduced to southwest.com Customers in 1997.
    Since then, the promotion has been renewed many times because of Customer
    demand.
    Here's how it works: Customers in the Rapid Rewards frequent flyer
    program normally receive two credits for each roundtrip (or one for each one-
    way). It takes 16 credits or eight roundtrips to get a free ticket. With
    double credit, that same traveler receives a free ticket in as few as four
    roundtrip flights purchased online at southwest.com and flown by June 6, 2003.
    At the elite level, Southwest offers members who fly 50 roundtrips (or earn
    100 credits) within 12 months a Companion Pass, which allows a member to
    designate a traveler to fly with them free of charge for 12 months. Again,
    with double credit for booking online, it would take only 25 roundtrips!
    Rapid Rewards is an industry-leading frequent flyer program because of its
    simplicity. Once an award ticket is earned (by flying or using preferred
    partners), the ticket is automatically sent to the Customer -- free travel
    fast with no hassle!
    "Southwest, like no other program in the industry, has no capacity
    controls in its frequent flyer program," Benton said. "That means, other than
    limited blackout dates, a Customer can redeem an award ticket for a seat on
    any flight as long as there is a seat available -- there is no waiting six
    months or dealing with limited seats. Rapid Rewards is truly the program that
    frequent flyers can actually use."
    Southwest serves 19 of the top 25 destinations chosen by frequent flyers
    to visit when they redeem their award travel.
    The refreshingly real Rapid Rewards program also has been recognized by
    InsideFlyer magazine as giving its members great Customer Service, outstanding
    bonus promotions, and incredible redemption. The airline has won several
    "Freddie Awards" by InsideFlyer over the years and has been given high marks
    for many program elements, including "Best Bonus Promotion" and "Program of
    the Year" in 2002.
    Southwest is the nation's fourth largest carrier in terms of Customers
    boarded. The airline currently operates more than 2,800 daily flights to
    59 airports in 58 cities in 30 states. Southwest employs more than
    36,000 Employees nationwide.

    ]http://www.southwest.com


    Anyone here a Rapid Reward person for SWA??

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  • Southwest737
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    quote:
    Originally posted by FlyingTexan:
    Crap that is what the Wright Amendment is. Total crap! Just one of the many negative side affects when politicians get involved in civil aviation.

    Here is how to circumvent it; Legally WN cannot sell you DAL-LAX. Purchase DAL-ABQ and then ABQ-LAX. And because WN does not have ticketing/pricing practices like the cartel carriers, this is affordable.



    Hopefully it works.!!!

    But why is it illegal for them to sell tickets like that???

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  • FlyingTexan
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    Crap that is what the Wright Amendment is. Total crap! Just one of the many negative side affects when politicians get involved in civil aviation.

    Here is how to circumvent it; Legally WN cannot sell you DAL-LAX. Purchase DAL-ABQ and then ABQ-LAX. And because WN does not have ticketing/pricing practices like the cartel carriers, this is affordable.

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  • Southwest737
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    Also, whats with the Wrights amendment??

    Southwest Airlines Flight Restrictions at Dallas Love Field
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    Wright & Shelby Amendments

    Travel into and out of Dallas Love Field is subject to the limitations of the Wright and Shelby Amendments. Federal law prohibits Southwest from offering transportation for sale between Dallas Love Field and any point beyond Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Mississippi, and Alabama.





    Can someone explain why Southwest will not allow us to book flights into Dallas Love Field unless living in states mentioned above?

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  • Southwest737
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    I kind of figured that what they have more -300 version than the other 737's. I wonder if SWA will buy the -800 and -900? Any chance of that????

    [ December 18, 2002 10:29 PM: Message edited 1 time, lastly by Southwest737 ]

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  • OPNLguy
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    I think both the -300s and -500s will be here for awhile.

    Assuming that we plan to keep aircraft for 25-30 years like some of the -200s, that means even the oldest -300s still have another 7-12 years of service life remaining.

    On the -500s, 8 of the 25 are leased, and I'm guessing the other 17 are paid off by now, or getting close to it, so the economics would still be good (revenue generation at less cost).

    As far as the differences in seating capacity, we've lived with about 60 being 122-seaters for the last few years (-200s plus -500s), so living with 25 (once the -200s are gone) won't be too tough...

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