ChrisNH From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 4421 posts, RR: 2 Posted (6 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4142 times:
Boston represents the latest in a string of 'high profile' station additions for Southwest. Is it customary for the carrier to do something special on the day? I hope it doesn't take the form of some Southwest employee dressing up as a Lobster and waving to people as he passes out pieces of candy.
Rob2507 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 173 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 9 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 4030 times:
There's a story about it in the current Travel New England issue: Southwest Set to Go
By Bob Weiss
(08-01-2009) It will be the most watched startup ever for a new airline at Boston's Logan International Airport.
Southwest Airlines officially starts flying from Logan on Sunday August 16 to join Hartford, Manchester and Providence. The airline will have five new daily flights each to Baltimore/Washington and Chicago. Expansion to more cities is expected later this year.
On July 30, Southwest announced that it planned to outbid Republic Airways to acquire Denver-based Frontier Airlines, which is to be sold at auction this month. The Southwest bid will be worth a minimum of $113.6 million, while Republic's previous offer was $108.8 million.
IrishAyes From Israel, joined Jan 2008, 2554 posts, RR: 16
Reply 5, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 3769 times:
Quoting ChrisNH (Reply 3): Southwest plans to increase the number of destinations from Boston later this year? Wow.
I thought these flights were going to be it for awhile.
Quoting PHLBOS (Reply 4): Given the loud rumblings about the high PHL-BOS fares (there was another piece about in the Philadelphia Inquirer yesterday); it would not surprise me that WN will eventually add PHL-BOS to the mix.
I wouldnt be too optimistic about seeing major expansion out of BOS this year on WN aircraft. While the decision to expand into BOS was based on market research showing that a significant demographic of fliers out of PVD and MHT were from a BOS zip code, which justified entering Logan to provide more options to consumers, the market needs to be approached very carefully to insure that BOS does not cannibalize the other two airports and undo years of marketing and funding that has gone into developing those secondary airports. Moreover, the NE market is saturated with LCC competition from B6 and FL, both of which are well established in Boston and many of the East Coast markets they serve direct from Logan, whereas WN is pretty much unheard of in Boston. Those two carriers have good loyalty programs and are favored by business travelers.
Only once WN establishes a good niche in the BOS area (meaning when traffic flow and yields into all 3 airports are well balanced and meeting market expectations) will Southwest add more capacity into the area. As much as I would like to see WN take on US Airways monopoly hold on the BOS-PHL market, something tells me that it will not happen as soon as people expect. However, I would put my money on a longer-haul route opening up not too far away, such as DEN, to capture some more transcon traffic.
Gclaxdfw From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 3749 times:
I agree with IrishAyes regarding early expansion by WN at BOS. Now living again in DAL/DFW and having watched their growth over the years, WN is very careful to solidify first in new markets. BOS and the NE corridor is tough. WN would do better on longer haul routes with their fleet out of BOS than to compete within the BOS/DCA corridor. Personally I think this will be their strategy, although I've read nothing, due to 1) the progressive lifting of the Wright Amendment and, 2) their planned home base overhaul at DAL.