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WN Not As Bad As Many Make It Out To Be  
User currently offlineCmckeithen From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 617 posts, RR: 1
Posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3683 times:

I just flew WN over the weekend and have to say it is a nice airline to fly.

WN is like any other airline. Nice clean planes and a great/funny flight crew. From the pilots right to the gate agents, there is tons of humor while in the meantime, they get the job done and all with a smile and of utmost safety. The only difference is WN targets younger flyers, college students, and the non experienced/ budgeted traveler.

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User currently offlineSQ25J From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 308 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3657 times:

I don't see who can argue anything negative about Southwest-they are undisbutably the greatest success story of airlines in the jet age. I think the A&E show, (which is very good), does not do them justice. I think what is not shown on the show that is of major significance is their financial sheets and safety record.

User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3628 times:

FWIW, I flew this past weekend and stayed overnight in a city where another airline also has a large presence in addition to SWA. On the hotel shuttle bus both ways, everyone else was yaking about how bad local Airline-X was. All totalled, 5 different folks chimed in. (I had my ID put away, and took no part in the discussion, nor will I identify Airline-X to hopefully prevent this thread from creeping into a SWA vs. Airline-X thread).

Now, SWA certainly isn't perfect (nobody is), but given the quantity of folks I ran into that hated Airline-X, I'm left with the feeling that even on our "bad" days we're still not all that bad, comparatively speaking. (This wasn't the first time that I'd heard Airline-X maligned, either..)

Re: the A&E show, many have stated (erroneously, I believe) that "all we fly around are drunks and irates" etc. etc. buy they fail to appreciate the -real- ratio of 2 or 3 actual A&E goofballs on a show to the tens of thousands of non-goofball pax that fly every day. It'd be a pretty damn boring show if all they showed was the 99.9999952% "normal" folks that flew SWA every day....


User currently offline737doctor From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1332 posts, RR: 39
Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3582 times:

Re: the A&E show, many have stated (erroneously, I believe) that "all we fly around are drunks and irates" etc. etc. buy they fail to appreciate the -real- ratio of 2 or 3 actual A&E goofballs on a show to the tens of thousands of non-goofball pax that fly every day. It'd be a pretty damn boring show if all they showed was the 99.9999952% "normal" folks that flew SWA every day....

Bingo.



Patrick Bateman is my hero.
User currently offlineIndustrialPate From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3546 times:

Most airlines aren't as bad as they are out to be on a.net. The fact that WN is offering DTW-TUL for $49 isn't good enough unless it comes with PTV, hot meals & Hooters Air Girls. And oh yeah, $49 is too much because NW is offering the route for the same price and WN is a LCC...

And from my experiences, even if one bitches 'I'll next fly XX again,' he/she will....


User currently offlineSnowboy737 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 8 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3497 times:

As a flight attendant for WN I want to thank you for the nice complement I can say from every employee group at WN we do work very hard and thank you very much for taking the time out to share your experience.....Hope you will fly us again

take care
snowboy737



no one makes friends with a failure
User currently offlineDeltaffindfw From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1438 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3493 times:


I have never flown WN (thanks to the Wright Amendment), but I do agree that while Airline is funny, it really makes WN look like an airline full of drunks and idiots. I know it's not true, but it would be nice to focus on other things for one whole episode!


User currently offlineSccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5487 posts, RR: 28
Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3451 times:

The only difference is WN targets younger flyers, college students, and the non experienced/ budgeted traveler.

In what universe?

Southwest's "bread and butter" are the multitudes of business travelers (like me), who value rational last-minute fares, good quality and plenty of frequency, to accommodate ever-changing plans.

The leisure travelers benefit from WN's always-reasonale fare structure, as do all travelers in every market WN enters. But Southwest's core passengers are, and always have been, dedicated business travelers.



...three miles from BRONS, clear for the ILS one five approach...
User currently offlineGoingboeing From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4875 posts, RR: 17
Reply 8, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3406 times:

The only difference is WN targets younger flyers, college students, and the non experienced/ budgeted traveler.

I have to add to scuttlers comment. The only airline that fits that description is JetBlue. NYC-FLA is their "bread and butter" route....and I'd venture to guess that the ratio of leisure to business passengers is considerably higher on JetBlue. Not putting down JetBlue - but those folks listed above were the target market at JetBlue's inception.


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