Atrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5663 posts, RR: 53 Posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1679 times:
Southwest Airlines has added a news release to its Investor Relations website.
Title: Southwest Airlines and ATA Airlines to Take Codeshare Agreement to New Heights
Date: 3/1/2006 9:00:00 AM
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DALLAS, March 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV)
today announced it will begin selling "ATA-only service" to select
destinations, and members of Southwest's frequent flyer Rapid Rewards program
will be able to earn credit in Southwest's program for the ATA flights. To
book the ATA service on http://www.southwest.com , go to http://www.southwest.com/jp/luvhome.shtml?src=PR_ATARR_030106 or call
Southwest Airlines reservations at 1-800-I-FLY-SWA. The first date of travel
is March 4, 2006.
With this addition to the program, the airline is introducing a new
redemption level to its Rapid Rewards Program. Members will be able to fly
anywhere in the continental U.S. for one (1) Award redeemed for a roundtrip
flight and to Hawaii for two (2) Awards redeemed for each roundtrip flight. :shock:
WAHOO!!! Bout time too!! Excellent for SWA and ATA!!!
Good things come to those who wait, better things come to those who go AFTER it!
Something more is happening...WN is saving TZ (not destroying, despite popular belief...previous managment did that hence the Ch. 11...).
Yes, TZ is acting as WN's bitch, going where WN wants them to go, but their fligts are operating at near capacity (from what I'm told). Not to mention the extra exposure that they would never had gotten with out the WN code share. Those who say that "all these people lost their jobs/cities lost service/WN has a monoply at MDW"....TZ went into bankrupcy for a reason. They were the largest carrier at MDW at their height...they couldn't make a profit. No profit = no company = more jobs lost and more WN monoply at MDW.
Lightsaber From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 11878 posts, RR: 100 Reply 3, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1552 times:
Quoting SWACLE (Reply 2): Something more is happening...WN is saving TZ
This definately seems to be the case. In a way, TZ is becoming WN's charter division without the risk/expense of a buyout. Does WN have stock options on TZ? I'm wondering why they're playing so nice...
Wnsocal From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 129 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1470 times:
This will be great for WN & ATA..My guess you will see WN take over service at LGA in the fall..This will give ATA 4 or 5 more planes to add more service to Mexico and Hawaii..ATA only added LGA-HOU cause they dropped LGA-IND and they had to use it of lose it on the slots at LGA...I think you will see HOU and PHX as the ATA hub for Mexico and South America service. OAK will become the gateway for service to Hawaii, some Mexico,Canada and Alaska. MDW will be used for some service to Mexico,Canada,DFW and DCA. BWI will be Another gate way to Europe and Canada. and MCO will have service to the carbbein.. thats just my guess wn....
Tango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3777 posts, RR: 30 Reply 5, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1439 times:
Quoting Lightsaber (Reply 3): Does WN have stock options on TZ? I'm wondering why they're playing so nice...
Maybe because WN sees it as being in their best interests to "play nice" and, also, maybe because, in case it has escaped the notice of some, WN does not think and act like the ego-driven U.S. legacies. Might just also have something to do with why WN has been consistently successful and will continue to be after, yes after, their fuel hedges are no longer "the only reason they aren't losing money." But not to worry; legacy-lovers will find new straws to grasp at to explain how WN is "actually losing money except for..." while their beloved legacies continue in their quagmire of self-inflicted malaise.
NYCTZ From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 49 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1334 times:
Well, I am obviously based in NYC so I hope ATA keeps their presence in LGA. I am not absolutely positive, but I believe the slots are the Port Authority's to distribute and not the property of any airline. By that, I mean we could not just give the slots away. The slots would revert back to the PA of New York and then be redistributed. Again, I am not sure of the particulars of how the slot system works in LGA , so if anyone with more accurate information could elaborate that would be great. Also there just aren't any gates in LGA. We have one gate exclusively for our operations and share gates with other airlines for overflow ops.
I (for one) am grateful for the relationship with SWA and am excited about all the possible scenarios. Its been a long time since I felt this way!