NWAFA From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1893 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3291 times:
Nope..Nada...don't see it for many reasons...
Can NOT turn an aircraft in 20-30 minutes internationally. The cost of International Clearance...the cost of having all WN's FA get passports. The cost of Security..all international airlines must have security while the A/C is on the ground. To go to Mexico they would have to Over Water equip their A/C which would be MILLIONS of bucks to do it.
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LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13282 posts, RR: 16
Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3271 times:
Probably not as Canada has it's own discount airlines serving in to the USA and Mexico wouldn't allow the competition vs. Mexicana. There is also the legal tangle it would mean to operate internationally, the issue with the unions on the hiring non-US citizens at much lower wages and benefit costs to work for the suggested flights. WN and other USA based LCC's has plenty enough opportunites within the USA to explore yet. Besides, WN serves serves cities near both the borders of Mexico (Texas, Arizona, Southern Calif.) and Canada (DTW, BUF). JetBlue for example is expanding service to the Carribbean, such as to the Dominican Republic, thus offering competition to AA. That may be the better direction for WN to go to.
AirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3177 times:
You know, NWAFA hit it on the nail there completely. WN has already emphasized that they will never fly internationally, per Herb himself. It costs too much money to fly there (international tax and customs tax) and they dont want to carry on that price to the pax. And most of it has to do with customs and turn around times.
So no, its never gonna happen so dont count on it. Just because WestJet and jetBlue do fly internationally does not mean that WN has to fly internationally.
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SWAFA30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3119 times:
The question was will WN ever begin transborder service? Soon? doubtful but (n)ever is a very, very long time. Herb has never said it won't happen, he simply says that WN currently has "bigger fish to fry" here in the lower 48. What happens when all those fish have indeed been fried?
A few points, first, Herb can't live forever. Eventually, the reins...all of them will have to turned over to the next generation of management. We assume that they will be Herb devotees who will keep the business model intact but that is just an assumption. Second, WN stockholders and Wall Street types have come to expect growth, constant growth from Southwest. Eventually, there will come a point where there is no place left to go in the United States. It might be years, it might be decades, but eventually a saturation point will be reached and if WN is to continue to grow, it will have to head either north, south or both. Third, the 20(acutally 30 now) minute turn is an important part of the SWA formula but there are exceptions....we are witnessing that exception in Philadelphia. Management entered that market knowing full well our on-time performance there would be in the toilet...and yet they went in anyway? Why? Because sometimes the cost of not serving a market is higher than the cost of extended turn times or any of the other myriad cost that would come with this new endeavor. In short, WN will bite the bullet and spend the $$ to leave the country when it becomes too expensive not to....and not a moment sooner.