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Herb Says WN Was On Its Way To A Record Till 9/11  
User currently offlineKarlB737 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3104 posts, RR: 10
Posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 5189 times:

Two Links To Same Story:

Kelleher Says Southwest Was On Its Way To A Record Till 9/11

Courtesy: Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcont...us.ART.State.Edition1.3314059.html

Courtesy: WFAA-TV

http://www.wfaa.com/sharedcontent/dw...us.ART.State.Edition1.3314059.html

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User currently offlineUnitedTristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 5165 times:

Quoting KarlB737 (Thread starter):
Kelleher Says Southwest Was On Its Way To A Record Till 9/11

What an arrogant A$$!!!!  irked 

Using the 9/11 for free publicity.

Makes me sick!!!!

-m

 airplane 


User currently offlineDfwRevolution From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 968 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 5125 times:

Quoting UnitedTristar (Reply 1):
Using the 9/11 for free publicity. Makes me sick!!!!

Oh shut up, the interview in no way used the events of 9/11 for the sake of publicity.

The reporter asked the question of 9/11 and it's impact on the industry and Herb gave his opinions:

Q: Most people blame 9/11 for the industry's problems. But how much of the financial difficulties would have surfaced anyway if there had been no 9/11?

A: (paraphrased) 9/11 really hurt Southwest Airlines. That much is clear. We were having a fabulous year up until 9/11 occurred.

With respect to the rest of the industry, I think 9/11 only accentuated what was already transpiring because most of the carriers had already started losing substantial amounts of money before 9/11.


Quoting UnitedTristar (Reply 1):
What an arrogant A$$!!!!

Again, lose the attitude and read first  Yeah sure


User currently offlineUnitedTristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 5107 times:

Quoting DfwRevolution (Reply 2):
the interview in no way used the events of 9/11 for the sake of publicity

and you think the timing of the release of these articles were coincidence?

Quoting DfwRevolution (Reply 2):

Again, lose the attitude and read first

I will lose the attitude when you wake up to reality.

-m



[Edited 2006-09-11 00:58:11]

User currently offlineDfwRevolution From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 968 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 5086 times:

Quoting UnitedTristar (Reply 3):
and you think the timing of the release of these articles were coincidence?

These are newspaper interviews, not Southwest Press Releases.

The reporter asked the question (surely in the interst that tomorrow marks 5 years since 9/11) and Herb gave his answer.

Why don't you explain how that translates into Southwest PR

Quoting UnitedTristar (Reply 3):
I will loose the attitude when you wake up to reality.

How about this: If you want to be taken seriously, explain your opinions. Don't just spit out the first six words that come to mind when you see a headline title. When all you say is "what an arrogant ass" without explaining why you think so, you really think you're entitled to mannerism?


User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 5086 times:

Quoting UnitedTristar (Reply 1):
What an arrogant A$$!!!!

Using the 9/11 for free publicity.

Makes me sick!!!!

Think about a couple of things...

1. We're on the eve of the 5th anniversary of the attacks, and practically every media outlet under the sun is doing some kind of "report" or "follow-up", or, in Disney/ABC's case, a "Crocku-drama". Look at the linked article:

In an interview last week, Mr. Kelleher addressed the company's response to the industry's problems and gave his take on what's happened since 9/11:

Do you really think that he sought the media out, or that the media sought him out? If anyone is "using" 9/11, it's obvious who's doing that, not for publicity, but for ratings.

2. Look at the thrust of the questions. In early 2001, he gave up 2 of his 3 executive roles, but the events of 9/11 and its aftermath changed all that, increasing, rather than decreasing his level of involvement with SWA. The reporter asked him various questions (since Herb has quite a long tenure in the industry), and Herb offered his opinions in response. What was he supposed to do, respond with a "no comment" to every interview question?

If you are (as your username suggests) an United employee, you (and all the other UAL and AAL folks) continue to be in my thoughts and prayers, as are the 9/11 victims and their loved ones. That said, I'm sorry to see the way the news and entertainment media are treating the event, but I think your apparent anger at Herb/Southwest is misplaced. Understandable, but misplaced.

Peace be with you...


User currently offlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5692 posts, RR: 52
Reply 6, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 5086 times:

I am a bit lost. What record does he speak of? He still made a profit and has since 9/11 and through 9/11. I read it but I am not making sense of it.

Alex



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User currently offlineUnitedTristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 5067 times:

Quoting OPNLguy (Reply 5):
What was he supposed to do

well personally what I would have done was to say "Sorry but I do not believe that is an appropriate question at this time."

they would have had nothing to write...respecting those who died...this was not just an airline thing....this was a humanity thing.

-m

 airplane 


User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 60
Reply 8, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 5044 times:
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Quoting UnitedTristar (Reply 3):
I will loose the attitude when you wake up to reality.

Just be sure to tighten it when you're finished...  Wink




2H4





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User currently offlineUnitedTristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 5030 times:

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 8):
Just be sure to tighten it when you're finished... Wink

whops...my bad...corrected...I was emotionally typing.

-m

 airplane 


User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 5013 times:

Quoting UnitedTristar (Reply 7):
well personally what I would have done was to say "Sorry but I do not believe that is an appropriate question at this time."

they would have had nothing to write...respecting those who died...this was not just an airline thing....this was a humanity thing.

That's you...

Is anyone, anywhere who discusses 9/11, or answers posed questions about 9/11 also a heinous, insensitive person?

Like I said, I can and do understand how sensitive a subject it is for UAL and AAL folks, but I'd be lying if I didn't say that I think you're over-reacting just a tad...


User currently offlineUnitedTristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 5000 times:

Quoting OPNLguy (Reply 10):
Is anyone, anywhere who discusses 9/11, or answers posed questions about 9/11 also a heinous, insensitive person?

No, but you dont see any other airline CEO's out there discussing this?

Quoting OPNLguy (Reply 10):
but I'd be lying if I didn't say that I think you're over-reacting just a tad...

your probably right...I just dont like people taking advantage of other people who cannot defend them self's

-m

 airplane 


User currently offlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8232 posts, RR: 23
Reply 12, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 4992 times:

Quoting UnitedTristar (Reply 11):
No, but you dont see any other airline CEO's out there discussing this?

Dude, name me ONE other airline that was so successful that it was also on its way to a record, then this argument would be valid.



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User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4972 times:

Quoting UnitedTristar (Reply 11):
No, but you dont see any other airline CEO's out there discussing this?

No, but I haven't read the papers in Chicago, Atlanta, MInneapolis, Houston, and Seattle either...

Quoting UnitedTristar (Reply 11):
your probably right...I just dont like people taking advantage of other people who cannot defend them self's

How on earth do you conclude from the article that someone is being taken advantage of, or otherwise needs to be defended?


User currently offlineUnitedTristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4961 times:

Quoting OPNLguy (Reply 13):
How on earth do you conclude from the article that someone is being taken advantage of, or otherwise needs to be defended?

The victims of 9/11 are being taken advantage of for free publicity based on tragic events that ended in their deaths. Like I said...simply stating that it was the wrong time to discuss this topic would have been better.

-m

 airplane 


User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4905 times:

Quoting UnitedTristar (Reply 14):
The victims of 9/11 are being taken advantage of for free publicity based on tragic events that ended in their deaths.

I'd agree, but in other venues. I don't see that at all in Herb's interview...

Quoting UnitedTristar (Reply 14):
Like I said...simply stating that it was the wrong time to discuss this topic would have been better.

While I can understand how you feel, I think your expectation is unrealistic...


User currently offlineWNCrew From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 1457 posts, RR: 10
Reply 16, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4871 times:

But it's okay for all of the "OTHER" airlines to talk about 9/11 at any other time and how it ruined their business plans? It was an interview, he was asked a question, he answered it. Get over it!


ALL views, opinions expressed are mine ONLY and are NOT representative of those shared by Southwest Airlines Co.
User currently offlineTango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3805 posts, RR: 29
Reply 17, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4814 times:

Quoting WNCrew (Reply 16):
But it's okay for all of the "OTHER" airlines to talk about 9/11 at any other time and how it ruined their business plans?

It does, indeed, seems like it's altogether okay for the U.S. legacies (" 'OTHER' airlines") use 9/11 as the scapegoat of choice for their dysfunctional business plans, which had begun to unravel for the better part of a year before 9/11/01.

To repeat what Herb correctly stated: With respect to the rest of the industry, I think 9/11 only accentuated what was already transpiring because most of the carriers had already started losing substantial amounts of money before 9/11.


User currently offlineSocalfive From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4678 times:

Quoting UnitedTristar (Reply 7):
Quoting OPNLguy (Reply 5):
What was he supposed to do

well personally what I would have done was to say "Sorry but I do not believe that is an appropriate question at this time."

they would have had nothing to write...respecting those who died...this was not just an airline thing....this was a humanity thing.

-m

Get over it already, it was five years ago and the media is making hay in every way possible over this five year anniversary. There isn't a single network NOT wrapped up in this to their eyebrows. It was a tragedy, it's over, move on.

Quoting UnitedTristar (Reply 11):
No, but you dont see any other airline CEO's out there discussing this?

I'm sure most have been propositioned for interviews (Those that were at the helms on 9/11 that is). However, Southwest has the unique perspective of surviving 9/11 without a single layoff and remain profitable ever since. As an uninformed reader, I would rather hear what "That guy at Southwest" has to say rather than anyone at United which was already spitting up enough red-ink to sink a battleship on September 10th.


User currently offlineMtnWest1979 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 2456 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4655 times:
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Quoting UnitedTristar (Reply 14):
The victims of 9/11 are being taken advantage of for free publicity

Funny, I knew nothing of this interview,etc. until you brought it up.

By the way, ever been in an grammar class?



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User currently offlineDacman From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 444 posts, RR: 8
Reply 20, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4499 times:
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UnitedTristar,

You speak of arrogance...........look in the mirror my friend.

As others have pointed out, Herb was asked a direct question and he gave a direct answer as anyone would have.

9/11 was an event that shook the world and effected each individual differently. Obviously you are very sensitive about the event, but don't put others down for talking about or acknowleding it and its short term and long term effects on the airline industry.

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User currently offlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4316 posts, RR: 36
Reply 21, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4456 times:

Yes some people here have a chip on their shoulder.
It's not like Southwest advertizes like "Our planes were never hyjacked... book now and be safe against terrorism" or "only airline which came out better from 9/11! Book your 9/11 special anniversary offer now, $29 and up"
Herb just discusses the major impact 9/11 had on his company, which seems a normal handling of requests from the media. He might have rather not answered the question at all as the reminding in any way of 9/11 doesn't sell planetickets.



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User currently offlineTango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3805 posts, RR: 29
Reply 22, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 4225 times:

Apparently Herb Kelleher is not alone in his belief (albeit stated in words kinder and gentler than mine) that the U.S. legacies have used the events of 9/11/01 and its aftermath as an after-the-fact strawman excuse and coverup for their failed business plans:

http://money.cnn.com/2006/09/08/news...ompanies/airlines_sept11/index.htm


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