Article in the USA Today about Southwest Airlines growth, gate remodeling, and (surprisingly) adding wireless internet to 4 planes next year. Hope the test goes well! That would be my kind of IFE. I wonder what the cost would be to add something like that to 520+ airplanes!
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EXAAUADL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 12 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 4500 times:
Ok, for thsi to really work well, they need to fly those planes on dedicated business routes where they will get useage. No point in flying them aroundthe system and pax not knowing if they will get a wireless plane or not....not sure what markets they shoudl be on..perhaps LAX-MDW but they need to be dedicated to certain markets
Boston92 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3390 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (7 years 12 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 4500 times:
Quoting WNCrew (Reply 7): What exactly do you mean by that? We carry LOTS of business travelers.
Well, probably just what was said. I have nothing against WN, but when on business, I need certain things. I like having an assigned seat, I like having the ability to upgrade to F, I like flying to the major airports in the city (ORD to MDW, BOS to MHT, SFO to OAK, JFK to BWI) in case I need to change my plans and get on the next flight regardless of airline. WN does not offer business travelers the comfort of lounges to relax in during a connection.
Of course, there would be some occasions when traveling on WN would be appropriate, like the ability for non-stop flights.
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Atrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5717 posts, RR: 51
Reply 12, posted (7 years 12 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 4500 times:
Quoting Boston92 (Reply 10): I like flying to the major airports in the city (ORD to MDW, BOS to MHT, SFO to OAK, JFK to BWI) in case I need to change my plans and get on the next flight regardless of airline. WN does not offer business travelers the comfort of lounges to relax in during a connection.
Flying to JFK to Reach Baltimore...hmmh
I assume you meant IAD? Which we also Serve, and we serve many large major cities and their respective airports such as STL, LAS, PHX, LAX, MCO, FLL, DEN, IAD, ABQ, CLE, RNO, SFO, SAN, the ones you gave, like MDW, is actually closer to Chicago Downtown then ORD is, unless you mean aviation perspective then thats understandable.
As for the lounge and all, we are offering a business area at the gates for laptop and seats for the Business folks to do their work on their laptop at the gates.
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Anyway, as I know this still won't get you to ride WN, oh well.
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Reply 15, posted (7 years 12 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 4112 times:
Quoting AV8orWALK (Thread starter): Article in the USA Today about Southwest Airlines growth, gate remodeling, and (surprisingly) adding wireless internet to 4 planes next year. Hope the test goes well! That would be my kind of IFE.
You'll be able to enjoy wireless internet access on Alaska Airlines before then. And since it's satellite-based, there are no coverage gaps. Anywhere.
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When? Right now. That conception is Gate 3 in SAT. Although when the "designer" came through she arranged all of the gate seating into "conversation" areas which blocked Customer access to the new boarding lines. I just spent all last Wednesday evening putting the seats back into normal rows. DAL is next in line to recieve the gate makeover and to rollout the new boarding process.
By the way, the Southwest model has always been geared toward the business traveler, and it will be even more so with the changes that Gary Kelly has in store. Come on...you guys don't really think that Southwest has been profitable for 30 plus years by catering to leisure traffic do you? If that were the case the legacy carriers have been chasing the wrong customers all of these years.
WNCrew From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 1533 posts, RR: 10
Reply 22, posted (7 years 12 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3939 times:
I fly other carriers VERY REGULARLY and I see how we stack up. We're a very good airline offering a very good product with overall excellent customer service. we don't have lounges, we don't have "status" and some people thrive on that recognition, some don't. It also depends on what type of business traveler you are, if you need to go to LHR every 3 weeks then no, WN isn't for you. This next year the business traveler will see much more geared toward them! The business traveler is my pax of choice as I fly mornings mostly. They know the drill, they still dress appropriately, they don't bring the entire house with them, they smell good...ha.., they're for-the-most-part very low maintenance, and also appreciative.
We offer great fares, simple but efficient and friendly inflight service as well as some small amenities such a snacks, pillows blankets. We don't have RJ's (which some people don't enjoy but I like)...and we have better than avg legroom. It's not everyone's cup of tea, but WN is not what the trash-talkers make it out to be. Truth be told, if you feel that way about WN, I don't want you on board anyway. I'd rather give some LUV'in to someone who wants to be there in the first place because let's face it, the attitude can affect the entire experience.
ALL views, opinions expressed are mine ONLY and are NOT representative of those shared by Southwest Airlines Co.
A cattle call is when AA announces "Now boarding Group 2", and everyone and their mother jumps out of their chair in a stampede toward the gate.
With WN, everyone's already in a line...
I've actually never experienced a true orderly boarding process until I flew with Southwest.
How's that for food for thought?
SO SO SO True. Some fo the WN Bashers out there will never get over the "Cattle Call" label for Southwest. I've found zone/group/seating area boarding to be much more "crazy" than WN's old or new system.
And wireles....VERY cool. We can do live trip report blogs
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Chris133 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 303 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (7 years 12 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3939 times:
Quoting AV8orWALK (Thread starter): Article in the USA Today about Southwest Airlines growth, gate remodeling, and (surprisingly) adding wireless internet to 4 planes next year. Hope the test goes well! That would be my kind of IFE
This was actually announced in Aug sometime. Not sure which planes are getting it yet.
Quoting Boston92 (Reply 10): WN does not offer business travelers the comfort of lounges to relax in during a connection.
Who needs a lounge when you can usually get a direct flight or at the worse your connection is 25 minutes to an hour in length. How much work are you really gonna get done in that time after walking to a lounge and getting set up?
: The old boarding system never bothered me as long as I got an 'A' boarding pass. I am one of those people who loves to have a window seat. This new bo
: Absolutely agreed. I'll be jumping when CO adds wifi to domestic and makes it free for Elite's. Yes that is absolute #1 thing that does need to happe
: The problem with PTVs is that you need to change all the seats and add a lot of weight (hence huge cost). In order to install wireless internet, all
: You've got to be smokin crack...standing around the gate 45 minutes before departure so you don't get a crappy seat... That's order?! That's reason C
: Frankly, I think that the WiFi will eventually spread to all of WN's aircraft. Certainly the installations on the first four may be experimental, but
: I'm sure the trial will be good. And fitting all planes eventually with wifi will be huge for the first airline to start applying this. So many people
: AK and FD is far worse than WN in boarding, no real group, or is there one? but the Asians dont care and they all stampede for the gate at the last m
: Yes, that's ORDER. There's never a mad dash....ever. Now tell me this: Why do people on other airlines stampede toward the gate when they have a conf
: Herd mentality. "There's a line, so I better get in it". Now, most frequent travelers will wait patiently in the boarding area until their Zone is ca
: I think the disadvantage of WN is you do not have a F or J class seating it's all 1 class regrdless. WN has it place and is very successful in what th
: You are, better planes and crew than the legacies, actually your FAs might be the best in the entire industry. At the same time, you've been losing g
: Herd mentality. "There's a line, so I better get in it". Bingo. Which proves my point exactly that to label WN as having a "cattle call" is anything
: I fly Southwest all the time, on business and pleasure, and I would love to come across wireless internet on one of these flights! I am very excited.