Seb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 10690 posts, RR: 16 Posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 934 times:
In reading posts about these airlines I have noticed there are fanatics. I don't know much about JetBlue or Midwest Express (I live in Seattle) but by working at SEA, I know about Southwest ground and gate crew. I guess my question is: Why are these airlines rallying points? Why are there fanatics for these airlines?
Ironchain15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 878 times:
Midwest Express is my favorite airline because they know how to treat the passenger right. All of the planes are configured in a first class layout with extra legroom and big seats. On dinner flights, it is pretty much a formal setting. Midwest Express spends on average over $12 per passenger for food. I have taken three trips with them and every flight has been a pleasant experience. They are not a low fare airline, but they are very competitive with pricing. My trip from MCI to SAT was non-stop and cheaper than flying anybody else and they all had changes of planes. That, is why I am a Midwest Express fanatic.
CactusA319 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2918 posts, RR: 27 Reply 3, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 851 times:
I guess SWA has a lot of fans cuz they are a low-fare, fun loving airline. If you ever fly on them you'll grow to like them.
jetBlue has a lot of fans because they are a hip trendy low-fare airline and they have PTV's, which appeal to a lot of the younger users who are obsessed with these things for some reason. Ever heard of a book or a Discman?
TWA also has a big fan club here as well as UA and DL. There are a few hated airlines here like America West and others I can't remember right now.
Goingboeing From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4875 posts, RR: 18 Reply 4, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 846 times:
A lot of Southwest fanatics are also stockholders. 27 consecutive years of profits will make you a fanatic, too. Also, they really are a lot of fun, and not so pretentious as to pretend that air travel is the way it used to be in the 40's 50's, and 60's. They are an airborne bus line, just like everyone else. Only they poke fun at it.
MCOtoATL From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 474 posts, RR: 4 Reply 6, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 813 times:
Southwest is one of the largest airline sin the country, but it has always positioned itself with a David vs. Goliath mentality. To the employees, they had to work hard just to get the airline off the ground, as other carriers (mainly American and Braniff) tried to keep them from ever getting started. That's one of the reasons that Herb Kelleher wanted to grow slowly, so they would not lose that underdog feel. To passengers, SWA is the "little airline that could." They go head to head with the big guys and come out with low prices.
Midwest Express is an airline that in many ways is the antithesis of SWA. It tries to make the flying experience quite extravagant (without the higher prices.) Their service, seating, and food is top-notch, and they have been voted the best airline in the USA by numerous passenger surveys and magazines.
Jetblue is the new kid on the block, and people rally around them because they hope that they succeed. They are a fun airline with nice planes and PTV's and high employee morale.
In other words, all three of them have points to rally around (low fares for SWA, great service for Midwest Express, and a fresh new approach at Jetblue.) Traditionally, when airlines (or any company for that matter) expands, the "rallying factor" diminishes somewhat. We tend to rally around underdogs, and when they are no longer the underdog, something changes.
LHMark From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 50 Reply 7, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 804 times:
Who cares about the PTV's? Here are some of the REAL reasons people embrace jetBlue:
1. price, Price, PRICE. They are 40+ percent cheaper than their competitors here in Rochester, NY. Their fare structure is simple and the same for everybody. Not only do you pay the least, but you know you didn't get taken for a sucker.
2. New A320s. When you live in a mid-sized Northeast rust belt city like Rochester, you quickly learn to get used to 20 year old DC-9-30s, 732s, and 722s. That's if you get a jet at all, and not a crappy US Dash-8 or 1900. I've had limited experience on the A320 (two German domestic flights on LH), but it was by far the most comfortable short haul plane I've ever flown on, in terms of noise, vibration, baggage space, and cabin dimensions. The newness of these planes also aids in their cleanliness. Also, one airline daring to fly new equipment to this old scrapyard sends me a message that at least THEY care about serving the customer, instead of taking his or her fare dollars for granted.
3. Destination. jetBlue may not have an extensive route structure, yet, but they fly where most Rochestarians want to go- NYC.
Come to Buf, Roc, or Alb and see for yourselves the dramatic contrast this airline creates with the (to paraphrase DCA-ROC Guy) "Big 3 Oligopoly" in every way. jetBlue is an airline that doesn't forget its customers, nor does it assume its own immortality. Seatback TV or not, I appreciate their service, and will be pleased to give them my business, unless they grow too large and start to suck. -Mark
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