Southwest Airlines abandons small markets

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Too much EJET competition

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#1 Dec 11, 2013
I think the EJETS are too blame for WN's pull back from smaller markets.

Maybe it is because EJETS can:

- be boarded and deplaned faster than 737's
- fly decent stage length efficiently without stopping for more passengers at every other large city
- are passenger friendly with no middle seats
- offer a comfortable first class cabin if the market warrants it
- be cabin managed with mininimum staffing so it does not take 2 hours so customers can get to restroom during a beverage and meal service

Since: Apr 09

Kitty Hawk, NC

#2 Dec 12, 2013
EJETS (your term) SUCK because:

- To fly a "decent stage length" they leave passengers at the gate. Paying passengers watch the Regional jet leave without them, with empty seats. Ask me how I know.

- Tiny or NO overhead compartments. You have to gate check your bag and hope you get it back on the other end.

- First class on an RJ? What are you smoking?

- A Coke and a bag of peanuts is not "meal service". Even on a domestic flight on a larger plane they don't have real meals anymore. So the vast majority of the time you can get to the lav.
Too much EJET competition

AOL

#3 Dec 12, 2013
glasspilot wrote:
EJETS (your term)
Wish I had coined it! Embraer 170,175,190, and 195's are known as Ejets
glasspilot wrote:
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- To fly a "decent stage length" they leave passengers at the gate
Admittedly, Bombardier RJ's and ERJ 145 Jungle Jets are a little weaker on range than the Embraer Ejet Airliners
glasspilot wrote:
EJETS (your term) SUCK because:
- Tiny or NO overhead compartments. You have to gate check your bag and hope you get it back on the other end.
A little less storage admittedly, but there are fewer passengers too, as roller bags cannot be placed straight in, but those dainty pretty little flight attendants have to lift so many backs for the masses on the 737's already. Let us leave, professional baggage handlers to do the lifting, and stowing of oversized carry-ons in its proper place, the below floor luggage compartments
glasspilot wrote:
EJETS (your term) SUCK because:
- First class on an RJ? What are you smoking?
Sorry you do NOT need trans-atlantic Sleeper Seats to go New York to Dallas Love Field. 3 abreast is far more comfortable in first, and 4 abreast in coach than the 6 across on the 737
glasspilot wrote:
EJETS (your term) SUCK because:
- A Coke and a bag of peanuts is not "meal service". Even on a domestic flight on a larger plane they don't have real meals anymore. So the vast majority of the time you can get to the lav.
Many airlines who operate 737's do far more than Southwest's bag of nuts.

I am sensing a little ANGER in your reaction. You may promote, market, and marvel all you want about the 737, but I as a passenger much prefer the Embraer 175 Ejet on the sort of travelling I do.

Since: Apr 09

Kitty Hawk, NC

#4 Dec 12, 2013
Sorry, I did not know "Ejet" meant those specific Embraer aircraft. I thought that was your term for Regional Jets. Yes, I'm a little angry at management for "mis-using" the regional jets after 9-11. I was commuting from ORF to JFK and then ORF to STL on MD-80's and Boeing 717 when 9-11 happened. Management used that as an excuse to pull the real airplanes and put those baby jets on 2 and 3 hour legs. I saw my commuter flights leave with 3, 4 or 5 seats empty because they couldn't fill the tanks AND the seats! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

TWA (just before the AA merger) put an ERJ on (wait for this) BOS to STL! As you might be able to guess the POS couldn't make it non-stop and usually stopped in CMH for fuel. But it was sold as a non-stop BOS-STL.

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