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Battle Of The Brands: WN Vs B6  
User currently offlinePizzaandplanes From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 8 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3501 times:

I was reading a blog recently comparing WN vs B6.

Advantages-

WN - Revenue, daily flights, name recognition, and all Boeing fleet.

B6- Service, entertainment, passenger bill of rights, and all Airbus fleet. Confused


Discuss other advantages and disadvantages...but make your pick WN or B6.

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User currently offlineUnited319 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 541 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3499 times:
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WN-It hard to think of anything good about them, but I will be fair. They have a name that has been in the air for over 35 years now. They seem to treat their employees good. Their inflight crews are very nice to the passngers (cant say the same thing about their ground crews). Decent leg room for an LCC, and a lot of point to point.

B6-High quality of service, A320s and E190s are always a nice touch. Great snacks, DirecTV, Nice route network, one step above the rest in terms of class and sophitstication.

My vote goes for.......


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User currently offlineWestJetYQQ From Canada, joined Jan 2007, 2987 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3494 times:

I'm going for a tie on this one. Both airlines have pretty good safety records. I can only think of one Jetblue incident (Blue 2 Front Tires), and I can't think of any WN incidents off hand. Southwest and Jetblue both have pretty much equal staff service, but Jetblue is one of only 2 airlines with live satellite television.


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User currently offlineAirTranTUS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3480 times:

I would have to say WN.

WN - Great schedules with multiple daily flights, good service, snack boxes on longer flights, pick your own seat (even if you buy a week in advance, you can get any seat you want), great domestic network means re-routing is easy.

B6 - Strong schedule on the east coast, not so much out west, not much snack variety, TV (look at those fat Americans, they can't even take a 3 hour flight without having a television set. Signed, The Rest of the World), you are screwed if something happens in NY.


User currently offlinePizzaandplanes From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3471 times:

Quoting WestJetYQQ (Reply 2):
I can't think of any WN incidents off hand.

What about the time a few months back when WN overran the runway at mdw? That was pretty serious.


User currently offlineFL370 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 252 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3461 times:

i flew WN once and that was a good experince, never flow B6. if B6 offered more flights from the west coast to the east coast i would take them over WN, but since they don't im going for WN.


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User currently offlineAirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3459 times:

Personally, how can one compare apples v. oranges. Completely different business models; point to point, vs. hub, anyways WN's model is still going strong after 35 yrs.

User currently offlinePizzaandplanes From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3443 times:

True, they're different business models but in most aspects, they're competitors. WN has the biggest marketshare in the U.S. with Jetblue in second I suppose, unless you add in Air Tran.

Quoting AirCop (Reply 6):
WN's model is still going strong after 35 yrs.

Also, B6's model is going strong although not nearly as long.


User currently offlineTommy767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 6932 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (7 years 8 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3430 times:

How could you even compare the two? B6 All the way!!!!


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User currently offlineJetBlueAUS From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 1145 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (7 years 8 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3408 times:

Southwest - Sadly, its probably the airline I have flown the most. Their staff is decently nice, but the company is just not a place for me.

JetBlue - This is the winner. Great crews, great service, can't ask for anything else.



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User currently offlineUnited319 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 541 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 8 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3393 times:
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Quoting WestJetYQQ (Reply 2):
can't think of any WN incidents off hand

"On March 5, 2000, Southwest Airlines Flight 1455 overran the runway upon landing at Bob Hope Airport, Burbank, California, injuring 43. The incident resulted in the dismissal of the pilots, and the plane written off.

On August 11, 2000, passenger Jonathan Burton broke through the cockpit door aboard Southwest Airlines Flight 1763 while en route from Las Vegas to Salt Lake City. In their own defense, the other passengers restrained Burton who ultimately died of the resulting injuries.

On December 8, 2005, Southwest Airlines Flight 1248 skidded off a runway upon landing at Chicago Midway International Airport, in heavy snow conditions. Joshua Woods, a young boy, was killed in a car struck by the plane after it had skidded into a street. There were also several minor injuries reported from passengers onboard the aircraft and on the ground."

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User currently offlineAirTranTUS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (7 years 8 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3389 times:

Quoting United319 (Reply 10):
On August 11, 2000, passenger Jonathan Burton broke through the cockpit door aboard Southwest Airlines Flight 1763 while en route from Las Vegas to Salt Lake City. In their own defense, the other passengers restrained Burton who ultimately died of the resulting injuries.

Not really WN's fault.


User currently offlineDesertAir From Mexico, joined Jan 2006, 1481 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3383 times:

Preference has a lot to do with service to particular airport. From the Tucson perspective, one flight a day, B6 vs 17 flights with an 18th on the way, WN makes little comparison possible. If I flew to New York often, then B6 would be my choice. Since I fly about 10 times a year to California, WN is my choice.

User currently offlineAlexPorter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3295 times:

Well, in my case it would probably be WN because I live in PHX and they are the best choice for most cities. That said, I've never actually flown either one since I generally fly between PHX and MSP. MSP doesn't have service from either.

Still, despite the potential convenience of WN if I ever need to go anywhere else from PHX, I'm going to give my vote to B6.

Comfort: B6 is way ahead here - more seat pitch, and the seats themselves look like they have more padding.
Service: Both are good from a customer service standpoint, but B6 has the extra touch by having IFE. And I'm not talking about flight attendants, either.
Food: Neither actually feeds you much - WN has some small snack packs on longer flights, while B6 has those chips.
Website: Both are excellent, but I prefer B6's website by a small margin.
Routes: WN flies more places and more routes. But B6 has the edge by flying between the largest metro areas in the U.S. For instance, WN doesn't even fly non-stop between New York and Los Angeles (in this case, it would be ISP to LAX, BUR, or SNA). B6, on the other hand, flies JFK-LGB.

So:

B6 - 4
WN - 3


User currently offlineNWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4898 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3282 times:

Only flew Southwest, and have nothing but praises to sing.

WN-4
B6-4
TIE



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User currently offlineJeffry747 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 963 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3272 times:
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WN- Second most frequent airline into my airport. B6- No flights at all into my airport.
WN- Whatever seat I want on the plane. B6- Assigned seats I presume?
WN- Lightning quick turnarounds. B6- I've seen those planes sit at JFK for an hour or more
WN- No service to JFK, which would be extremely convenient since family lives closer to that airport and I don't need a car to go from the airport to their residence. ISP is a bit outta the way. B6- Hub at JFK, but they fly nowhere near SDF (my home airport). I would try them if I could. Most convenient airline for my JFK flights? Comair.

My vote goes to WN since B6 is absolutely useless to me at my location.



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User currently offlineAloha73G From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2372 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3271 times:

Gotta say overall, WN wins. Unless you live in NYC.


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