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Southwest Airlines to buy AirTran | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 55 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Sep 27, 2010, titled Southwest Airlines to buy AirTran | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Southwest Airlines said today it will buy AirTran for about $1.42 billion. The move will put Southwest in head-to-head competition with Delta Air Lines in Delta's home base of Atlanta.

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Recovery Autumn

Saint Joe, IN

#1 Sep 27, 2010
This seems like a great move for Southwest. Gets them into Atlanta and also the Caribbean.
Smooth Move

Columbus, OH

#2 Sep 27, 2010
Ahh Southworst Airlines, the Grayhound Bus of the skies..this would be like Wal-Mart buying Big Lots.

If you don't mind flying in a fleet of planes dating back to the 1960s then yes, Southworst is the way to go.
Lost Jobs

United States

#3 Sep 27, 2010
Smooth Move wrote:
Ahh Southworst Airlines, the Grayhound Bus of the skies..this would be like Wal-Mart buying Big Lots.
If you don't mind flying in a fleet of planes dating back to the 1960s then yes, Southworst is the way to go.
Well the question is after this, is how many airlines in the U.S. will we be left with.

We ended up with 3 domestic car companies... barely, and that is with bail outs only
byebyebirdie

Dallas, TX

#4 Sep 27, 2010
Lost Jobs wrote:
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Well the question is after this, is how many airlines in the U.S. will we be left with.
We ended up with 3 domestic car companies... barely, and that is with bail outs only
A handful. AA, DL, US(?), UA & WN. I think US will be the next to go but it would be a huge undertaking.
Smooth Move

Columbus, OH

#5 Sep 27, 2010
Sorry for the repost, not very "smooth" of me ;-)
dirtydog

Austin, TX

#6 Sep 27, 2010
Everything results in a triology!
Ed Nugent

Cincinnati, OH

#7 Sep 27, 2010
How soon we forget that the U.S. economy was losing 500,000 jobs per month in 2008. 500,000 jobs per month!

Freefalling to collapse amid bank failures & wave after wave of panic in the financial markets.

Now it's at least stabilized. U.S. GDP grew in each of the last 3 quarters, jobs are always lagging the numbers recovery in each recession -- a cool site; Balkingpoints ; incredible satellite view of earth
UALMECH

United States

#8 Sep 27, 2010
Delta will be gone soon.
dirtydog

Austin, TX

#9 Sep 27, 2010
Ed Nugent wrote:
How soon we forget that the U.S. economy was losing 500,000 jobs per month in 2008. 500,000 jobs per month!
Freefalling to collapse amid bank failures & wave after wave of panic in the financial markets.
Now it's at least stabilized. U.S. GDP grew in each of the last 3 quarters, jobs are always lagging the numbers recovery in each recession -- a cool site; Balkingpoints ; incredible satellite view of earth
Well you need to tell your US REP GREAT TAN that. a.k.a. John Bonehead.
greg

Columbus, OH

#10 Sep 27, 2010
Smooth Move wrote:
Ahh Southworst Airlines, the Grayhound Bus of the skies..this would be like Wal-Mart buying Big Lots.
If you don't mind flying in a fleet of planes dating back to the 1960s then yes, Southworst is the way to go.
I flew to Denver with Delta early this month, flying through Minneapolis. The carry on baggage limits are barely enforced. Reminded me of the old People Express aka Cattle Car Airlines. If you are going to have a rule, you should enforce it. Because the overhead bins were full (at Columbus), my wife got her luggage checked all the way to Denver at no charge.

I have not been on Southwest in a long time, but with their non assigned seating, calling them Grayhound is accurate - everyone for himself when boarding. Actually, I have long wondered why airlines insist on seating the passengers from the front to the rear. It makes much more sense to me to load the aircraft from the rear.

However, Southwest flying only 737's does make some sense, makes it much easier for their spare parts inventory, and every maintenance person will be familiar with every aircraft. Plus, every pilot can fly every airplane in the fleet.
buckeyekelly

Columbus, OH

#11 Sep 27, 2010
Sure, chide SW for their "retro" airplanes. Their customer service is also pretty retro. I get a real person STATESIDE whenever I call, their flight attendents have a sense of humor, their planes arrive ontime, they don't charge me an arm and a leg for baggage or anything else for that matter.

I don't care if the plane is fugly. You get me from point A to point B for a nominal fee, on-time, safely, and don't ask for a month's rent for me to bring my bags? Sure!

AirTran's ammenities on-board are great and while their customer service could stand some improving, I'd would GLADLY fly these two choices over USAir or Delta ANY DAY!
dirtydog

Austin, TX

#12 Sep 27, 2010
greg wrote:
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I flew to Denver with Delta early this month, flying through Minneapolis. The carry on baggage limits are barely enforced. Reminded me of the old People Express aka Cattle Car Airlines. If you are going to have a rule, you should enforce it. Because the overhead bins were full (at Columbus), my wife got her luggage checked all the way to Denver at no charge.
I have not been on Southwest in a long time, but with their non assigned seating, calling them Grayhound is accurate - everyone for himself when boarding. Actually, I have long wondered why airlines insist on seating the passengers from the front to the rear. It makes much more sense to me to load the aircraft from the rear.
However, Southwest flying only 737's does make some sense, makes it much easier for their spare parts inventory, and every maintenance person will be familiar with every aircraft. Plus, every pilot can fly every airplane in the fleet.
Which means Airtrans's B717 will be going away. How about Airtran's personel? Perhaps, probably SWA only wants the routes and the landing slots.
dave chappelle

Grove City, OH

#13 Sep 27, 2010
Smooth Move wrote:
Ahh Southworst Airlines, the Grayhound Bus of the skies..this would be like Wal-Mart buying Big Lots.
If you don't mind flying in a fleet of planes dating back to the 1960s then yes, Southworst is the way to go.
Beats US Airways any day. I'll take Southwest's 737s every time over the RJs (CRJ-700 & 900, EMB 145, 170,175) you have to fly out of Columbus
on every other carrier.
Smooth Move

Columbus, OH

#14 Sep 27, 2010
buckeyekelly wrote:
Sure, chide SW for their "retro" airplanes. Their customer service is also pretty retro. I get a real person STATESIDE whenever I call, their flight attendents have a sense of humor, their planes arrive ontime, they don't charge me an arm and a leg for baggage or anything else for that matter.
I don't care if the plane is ****. You get me from point A to point B for a nominal fee, on-time, safely, and don't ask for a month's rent for me to bring my bags? Sure!
AirTran's ammenities on-board are great and while their customer service could stand some improving, I'd would GLADLY fly these two choices over USAir or Delta ANY DAY!
You do realize the FAA imposed the biggest fine ever levied due to SWA's lazy maintenance and upkeep right? So to say you don't care about their planes is a pretty incredible statement to make. Call me crazy but if I had the choice of flying in 737 they bought from Piedmont in 1973 or a new Airbus with US Airways or Delta for an extra 20 bucks then I would prefer the latter. To call their planes "retro" would be a compliment, I think "relic" is more fitting.

While you might find their employees "humorous" I found them to be annoying at best on the two times I had to fly on their planes. I just want a beverage and to be left alone, I don't need to be serenaded with a song over the PA system or to hear knock knock jokes being told, save that for America's Got Talent.
Huh

United States

#15 Sep 27, 2010
Smooth Move wrote:
Ahh Southworst Airlines, the Grayhound Bus of the skies..this would be like Wal-Mart buying Big Lots.
If you don't mind flying in a fleet of planes dating back to the 1960s then yes, Southworst is the way to go.
The average age of the Southwest fleet 14.4 years, compared to US Air - 23 years, United - 13.5 years, and American - 14.5 years.
TTYL

Westerville, OH

#16 Sep 27, 2010
Southwest is by far the best airlines out there. Who really cares that you do not get an assigned seat. I like this better, I get on near the end and I know that I will not be sitting between two 400lb wanna be sumo wrestlers. I also know that I am flying in a 737 than into a plane where I cannot stand up in, my knees are crammed into the seat in front of me and I just got reamed for another 10 to 20% because I checked in my bag because I did not want to be the idiot walking around with a laptop and a bag that they have to gate check anyway.

Oh, one more thing, you're an idiot.
Smooth Move wrote:
Ahh Southworst Airlines, the Grayhound Bus of the skies..this would be like Wal-Mart buying Big Lots.
If you don't mind flying in a fleet of planes dating back to the 1960s then yes, Southworst is the way to go.
Smooth Move

Columbus, OH

#17 Sep 27, 2010
Huh wrote:
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The average age of the Southwest fleet 14.4 years, compared to US Air - 23 years, United - 13.5 years, and American - 14.5 years.
I would venture to say the reason this is skewed heavily against US Airways is mostly due to the fleet they inherited from America West which had very old air craft.

Nevertheless, the quick fact checking I did has one site claiming their (SWA) average fleet age is 8 years old, up to 18 years on another site (all in the same year the data was collected). I guess it depends on which site you trust. Kudos for your research.
WHS76

Reynoldsburg, OH

#18 Sep 27, 2010
When this deal goes through hopefully it will be more succesfully than when Air traans was by themselves.
I had a terrible time with Air Tran sent letter to Air Tran hdqtrs and was told sorry we can not do anything about your experience.
Proud Agent

Tampa, FL

#20 Sep 27, 2010
Smooth Move wrote:
Ahh Southworst Airlines, the Grayhound Bus of the skies..this would be like Wal-Mart buying Big Lots.
If you don't mind flying in a fleet of planes dating back to the 1960s then yes, Southworst is the way to go.
If you work for an airlines you know those plane are young but I guess you are basing yourself on legacy airlines like Us airways, Delta airlines or United airlines. SWA fly 737 new generation with this acquisition the fleet will have 10 years average. Before talking trash about a subject you should make your research. For all who r interested about a good conversation should ask themself if this could b good for those Airtran employee without good benefits, or union benefits?. Do u think SWA has enough men power to fill all those position system wide ?. Plz gentlemen, make this forum construtive.
Concerned Citizen

Reynoldsburg, OH

#21 Sep 27, 2010
Southwest is the only airline to make a profit and the only fatality they have ever had was in Chicago when a plane went off the end of the runway and hit a car sitting at a traffic light. They must be doing something right. You can also check your first two bags free.

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