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Southwest Soaring To New Heights After Move To PHL  
User currently offlineRunway27right From United States of America, joined May 2004, 131 posts, RR: 10
Posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3135 times:

WN leaving PHL???

http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?n...D=1675&PAG=461&dept_id=18177&rfi=6


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User currently offlineTornado82 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3114 times:

They sure do soar to new heights... after sitting on the taxiway waiting in line for about 30 minutes.  Big grin

User currently offlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5692 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2985 times:

At first I thought you missunderstood the article and said WN is moving when it says nowhere they are. Then I realize you were being sarcastic lol.

am I right??

haha, glad to see Southwest is happy at PHL.

Alex



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User currently offlineUsairways85 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 3413 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2913 times:

For anyone who doesn't understand, his original comment "WN leaving PHL" was clearly sarcastic considering the subject of the article which describes how well WN has done in PHL

User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6455 posts, RR: 20
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2897 times:

From the article:

Carolyn Harkins of Glen Mills capitalized on Southwest’s cheap rates when she went to visit a friend in Manchester, N.H., choosing to fly rather than drive seven hours. "I called actually the day before and got a flight for $49," recalled Harkins, adding that she enjoys the convenient, no-frills service. "It was a 48-minute flight and $49 round trip and that’s why I said ‘Wow, that’s amazing.’"

Is that normal? Or was she just lucky?



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User currently offlineFlyingTexan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2827 times:

Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 6):
Is that normal? Or was she just lucky?

Both are correct. SWA is still publishing last minute $49 fares in that market. (SWA’s short hops are usually $80-100 last minute/walk-up). She is lucky because she – like so many other PA residents are no longer taken to the cleaners by US.

 spin 


User currently offlineSonOfACaptain From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1747 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2813 times:

Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 6):
adding that she enjoys the convenient, no-frills service.

.................huh? Who enjoy's no frills? She only said that because she was happy to get a low fare.

-SOAC



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User currently offlineChrisNH From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 4120 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2805 times:

That's $49 Round-trip? not one-way? No wonder there were a whole ton of Red Sox fans cheering on our team down in Philadelphia last month!

Chris in NH


User currently offlinePlanesNTrains From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 5590 posts, RR: 29
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2574 times:

Quoting SonOfACaptain (Reply 8):
huh? Who enjoy's no frills? She only said that because she was happy to get a low fare.

Exactly. She was happy to trade a few frills for a lower fare. Yet some still feel that is, um, misguided.  Smile.

-Dave



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User currently onlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7524 posts, RR: 24
Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2477 times:

Quoting ChrisNH (Reply 9):
That's $49 Round-trip? not one-way? No wonder there were a whole ton of Red Sox fans cheering on our team down in Philadelphia last month!

I'm assuming that the $49 fare (before taxes & fees) is one-way. The article either misquoted her or she had a Freudian slip. The cheapest r/t WN PHL-MHT advance purchase I've seen is $29 o/w (which equals a r/t total of $77). Recently, the advance purchase o/w fare is now $34 o/w (which makes a r/t total of $88).

Nonetheless, a $49 o/w (which makes for a r/t total of $118) is still a lot cheaper than when US was the only game in town.

As far as Red Sox fans flocking to Philly is concerned: 3 years ago, I attended an Orioles-Red Sox game at Camden Yards. I think there were more Red Sox fans there then Orioles fans. People sitting around me were from Framingham, Nashua, NH, Salem, NH. Being an ex-New Englander, I didn't mind at all. Many of them indeed, flew WN to BWI to catch the game that day.

However, to be fair, I'm sure FL's BOS-PHL flights were also packed w/Red Sox fans who attended those interleague games. One Saturday 2 years ago, I was on a FL's Flight 510 (PHL-BOS) that was packed with people flying up just to attend the Red Sox/Yankees game being played at Fenway. Last October, just after the Sox won the series; again Flight 510 was packed w/people who were originally planning to attend Game 5 at Fenway but wound up checking out the victory parade. I just happened to be on that flight because I was heading up to check out the Airliner Show at the Airport's Embassy Suites that day.

What can I say, this is just one more feather on WN's cap and one more thorn on US' side.

Thanks for the article, Paul (that one's actually from my neck of the woods) and for the sarcastic witicism (sp).

[Edited 2005-07-15 14:51:06]


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User currently offlineRunway27Right From United States of America, joined May 2004, 131 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2427 times:

Quoting SonOfACaptain (Reply 8):
huh? Who enjoy's no frills?

I would fly no frills for short trips (3 hours or less). Long haul trips - Give me the frills.

Quoting ChrisNH (Reply 9):
No wonder there were a whole ton of Red Sox fans cheering on our team down in Philadelphia last month!

Who wants to see the Phillies in Philadelphia. But in all fairness, when the Phillies played the Orioles, there were many Phillies fans there.
But they drove.

BTW, Sarcasm is one of my middle names ;>



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User currently offlineGoingboeing From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4875 posts, RR: 16
Reply 11, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2412 times:

Quoting SonOfACaptain (Reply 8):
...huh? Who enjoy's no frills? She only said that because she was happy to get a low fare.

On a flight with this short of flying time, exactly what frills would she have received on US? Especially if it was on something other than an RJ? Would she have even been given a Coke?


User currently onlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7524 posts, RR: 24
Reply 12, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2373 times:

Quoting Goingboeing (Reply 13):
Quoting SonOfACaptain (Reply 8):
...huh? Who enjoy's no frills? She only said that because she was happy to get a low fare.

On a flight with this short of flying time, exactly what frills would she have received on US? Especially if it was on something other than an RJ? Would she have even been given a Coke?

Actually on the WN flight, she would've been offered peanuts or pretzels in addition to a beverage; the similar also holds true w/FL's PHL-BOS flights (cookie biscuit in the AM/pretzels in the PM). In contrast, on US' PHL-New England flights; the snacks have been recently dropped.

So in essence, the opposite is true here... in terms of frills.



"TransEastern! You'll feel like you've never left the ground because we treat you like dirt!" SNL Parady ad circa 1981
User currently offlineUsairways85 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 3413 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2331 times:

I actually went to 2 of the Phillies Redsox games a few weeks ago. One guy from boston in front of me said his flt down here on friday was 70% redsox fans, don't know what airline he was on though.

Another big reason redsox fans flock to places like Philly and Baltimore to see games is because it is cheaper than getting tickets at Fenway. Remarkably enough the trip down, the seats at the game, and the likely hotel stays don't compare to most of the tickets at fenway.


User currently onlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7524 posts, RR: 24
Reply 14, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2272 times:

Quoting Usairways85 (Reply 15):
Another big reason redsox fans flock to places like Philly and Baltimore to see games is because it is cheaper than getting tickets at Fenway. Remarkably enough the trip down, the seats at the game, and the likely hotel stays don't compare to most of the tickets at fenway.

You do have a point there.



"TransEastern! You'll feel like you've never left the ground because we treat you like dirt!" SNL Parady ad circa 1981
User currently offlineBUFjets From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 231 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2135 times:

I flew BUF-BWI to catch a Red Sox Orioles game last Friday. The whole city was packed with Red Sox fans. I saw many more Red Sox fans than Orioles fans at Camden yards. Southwest has Red Sox fans to thank for filling planes into BWI for those four games.

User currently offlineDartland From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 644 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2117 times:
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As someone who travels every week on BOS-PHL -- I recommend leaving plenty of cushion time to make the games. The flights are generally 1-4 hours late just about every afternoon.

Just some advice to those of you who are thinking of doing this...


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