STT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16563 posts, RR: 52 Posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2617 times:
"Southwest Comes Calling, and a Race Begins
By MICHELINE MAYNARD
Published: May 10, 2004
PHILADELPHIA, May 9 - Southwest Airlines Flight 741 took off for Chicago a minute before 7 o'clock Sunday morning, inaugurating a critical city for Southwest, the nation's largest low-fare carrier, and setting off a flashpoint for the brutally competitive airline industry.
While depicted as a threat to the struggling US Airways, which uses Philadelphia as one of its three hubs and operates 68 percent of its flights from here, Southwest's presence has set in motion a battle for passengers between low-fare carriers and traditional airlines that epitomizes what is going on nationwide.
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STT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16563 posts, RR: 52 Reply 2, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2542 times:
Some quotes that jump out at me..
"But competitors think US Airways' long hold here will probably be shaken, now that passengers have alternatives.
"Everybody wants a bite out of them," said David Neeleman, chief executive of JetBlue Airways, the low-fare carrier which as yet does not serve Philadelphia."
"Three generations of Marie Geiger's family - her husband, Harry; daughter Susan and son-in-law Michael Chatary; and the three Chatary children - were on hand two hours early for their trip to Orlando. The family, who live in Philadelphia, bought tickets for $49 each way on Saturday.
Asked why the family was traveling on Southwest, Sayla Chatary, age 7, piped up, "It's cheaper."
Mr. Chatary said a similar trip on US Airways would have cost at least $200 a person, more than the family was willing to spend at the last minute."
This family's quote makes it evident to everyone who reads it the importance and positive effect of WN, families who could otherwise not be able to afford air travel can take vacations together. More people traveling is good for the economy, and it's good for people to get out of their neighborhoods and see the Country.