Southwest to buy AirTran, expand service

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Southwest Airlines said Monday that it will acquire all of outstanding common stock of AirTran Holdings Inc., parent company of AirTran Airways, for a combination of cash and Southwest common stock.
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Ed Golterman

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Sep 27, 2010
 
Southwest to become the official airline of Kiel Opera House, putting together the travel/hotel/shows'packages' that draw thousands to cities during fall, winter and spring theater seasons.

I see big 'come back to Kiel' business for all. American Airlines is enjoying brisk business as the official airline of Dallas Opera in their new AT and T Performing Arts Center. A smart Airline will also become the 'official' for Kauffman Center in Kansas City. That's how it's done in real cities.
Beef Stew

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Southwest is taking on waaay too much by absorbing AirTran. They're straying too far from the business model thats allowed them to succeed.
Big J

Saint Louis, MO

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Sep 28, 2010
 
Beef Stew wrote:
Southwest is taking on waaay too much by absorbing AirTran. They're straying too far from the business model thats allowed them to succeed.
You may be right on this one. One thing I do see is some major cuts in the ranks of the FORMER airtran employees. southwest is killing it buisness wise everywhere they operate from. Thier fares are just too good. It may be a case that they only want the airtran gates and planes. Southwest can easily get back to what made them a giant buisnes wise with the added "load" of airtrans
JetBlast

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Sep 28, 2010
 
Ever since SW starting entering congested East Coast markets, their on-time performance took a big hit. They haven't been bragging about their on-time performance in a while now.

Longer turn-around times at EWR/LGA/DCA/BOS/ATL is going to really cut into their aircraft efficiency and put them on a more equal playing field with the legacy carriers.

SW could have flown to ATL long ago since ATL is not slot-controlled but for some reason they chose not to fly in when they would have only been a minor player. They've always got enter a market and be the "queen of the ball" as soon as they enter...get all the favorable press etc.

Now they're going to operate two aircraft types, enter a couple international markets and go head-first into some very congested airports. An airplane that makes 4-5 legs a day and gets stuck in a 45 minute line-up at any number of airports is going to mess up their whole operation.

Looks like SW got a little more 'hat' than "cattle" this time.
Proud Agent

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Sep 28, 2010
 
JetBlast wrote:
Ever since SW starting entering congested East Coast markets, their on-time performance took a big hit. They haven't been bragging about their on-time performance in a while now.
Longer turn-around times at EWR/LGA/DCA/BOS/ATL is going to really cut into their aircraft efficiency and put them on a more equal playing field with the legacy carriers.
SW could have flown to ATL long ago since ATL is not slot-controlled but for some reason they chose not to fly in when they would have only been a minor player. They've always got enter a market and be the "queen of the ball" as soon as they enter...get all the favorable press etc.
Now they're going to operate two aircraft types, enter a couple international markets and go head-first into some very congested airports. An airplane that makes 4-5 legs a day and gets stuck in a 45 minute line-up at any number of airports is going to mess up their whole operation.
Looks like SW got a little more 'hat' than "cattle" this time.
U are right in the congested airport, but an estimate on ground delays will b study and will b added to the flying time. i give u an example,look at Phildephia Airportor or Should I say US Airways Philadelphia airport has a 45 min ground delay if u ever flew SWA on a lucky day out of PHL u arrived early at your destination.

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