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WN's ATL Launch -- T-minus 4 Days  
User currently offlinewonder1 From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 12 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 7360 times:

I was in Concourse C at ATL yesterday for a couple of AirTran flights and am excited to say that WN already has their counters, signage and boarding kiosks in place and ready to go on the first two or three gates just off the spine of the Concourse. (All of it is still under wraps though, as much as possible). This Sunday, Feb 12 is the big day!!!

Here's an excerpt from AirTran's/Southwest's respective inflight magazines, from Gary Kelly:
"Some people don’t know this, but Southwest Airlines carries more passengers than any other airline in the United States. That’s been the case for the last 10 years. Our route network extends from coast to coast, with Southwest service in 72 cities spanning 37 states, but it has always had a gaping hole, which just happens to be the busiest airport in the world: Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta. So that begs the question, “When is the busiest airline in the United States going to serve the busiest airport in the country (and world)?” Well, the wait is over, and the question is finally answered, because starting this month: Hello, Atlanta!"

Also, WN has a free party planned for the public in Atlanta this weekend to get things kicked off right.

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User currently offlineMaddogJT8D From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 400 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 7273 times:

Do you know where/when the party will be? Would love to check it out!

User currently offlinewonder1 From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 12 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 7129 times:

Sure Maddog! I got it from them via Facebook -- here's the info:

Atlanta at Last! We're celebrating on Saturday night in the Luckie Marietta District. There will be Southwest-themed appetizers, drinks provided by SweetWater Brewing Company, and a chance to win roundtrip tickets on Southwest. Won't you join us?

ATLANTA AT LAST!

Celebrate Southwest's Grand Entrance into Georgia: Featuring SweetWater Beer & Southwest-style appetizers from STATS, Max's Coal Oven Pizzeria, Der Beirgarten, and Rise Sushi

Date: Saturday, Feb 11, 2012
Time: 7p - 10p
Location: 300 Marietta St., Atlanta, GA


User currently offlineglobalflyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 934 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 7112 times:

Did you say they have two or three gates already configured? Which ones? I saw the ticket counters and must say it was such a welcome site! Welcome WN!


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User currently offlinewonder1 From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 12 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 7085 times:

If I am up to speed on AirTran's current gate numbers there (and if the ATL PDF linked below is accurate) then they are C22, C20 and C18. Definitely the first three on the right as you head down AirTran's side of the Concourse, with a great big Southwest sign on the facing wall of C20 (that's still underwraps, but I got a peek at it a week earlier). Very impressive!

http://www.atlanta-airport.com/docs/terminal/c.pdf


User currently offlineAtlwest1 From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 1046 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 7028 times:

There foot print goes down to C16,14 area as well. Also they have there branding in the crew lounge in ATL.


ALL views, opinions expressed are mine ONLY and are NOT representative of those shared by Southwest Airlines Co. or Airt
User currently offlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5694 posts, RR: 52
Reply 6, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 6329 times:

Southwest will be repositioning some aircraft to ATL today.

Here are the Flights...

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/SWA8725

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/SWA8501

Alex



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User currently offlineluckyone From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 2186 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 6299 times:

I think it's great they finally bought their way into Atlanta. I just want to puke every time I see that wretched blue paint. Welcome to ATL WN employees!

User currently offline71Zulu From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3086 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 6263 times:

Quoting Atrude777 (Reply 6):
Southwest will be repositioning some aircraft to ATL today.

Here are the Flights...

They're both -300's? That's all they had laying around?



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User currently offlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5694 posts, RR: 52
Reply 9, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 6195 times:

Quoting 71Zulu (Reply 8):

They're both -300's? That's all they had laying around?

Flight Aware, almost always marks them as -300's and when it actually gets into the air, it usually ends up being a -700.

However these are just for the first two flights departing ATL, the inbounds from HOU and BWI will probably be -700's too.

ATL-PHX when that starts will be a -500! EEK!

Alex



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User currently offlineBobLoblaw From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 1725 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 6153 times:

""300 Marietta St., Atlanta, GA""

yeesh bad neighborhood


User currently offlineDTWLAX From United States of America, joined Aug 2009, 807 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 6136 times:

Quoting wonder1 (Thread starter):
Our route network extends from coast to coast, with Southwest service in 72 cities spanning 37 states

What states make up the remaining 13? I know of Alaska and Hawaii for sure.


User currently offlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5694 posts, RR: 52
Reply 12, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 6080 times:

Quoting DTWLAX (Reply 11):

What states make up the remaining 13? I know of Alaska and Hawaii for sure.

Should only be 11? That press release doesn't count ATL yet (38th State to 73 stations).

Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Iowa (Soon to be added with Des Moines), Maine (Soon to be added with Portland), Kansas (Soon to be added with Wichita), West Virginia, and Vermont.

Alex

[Edited 2012-02-11 09:50:46]

[Edited 2012-02-11 09:51:15]


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User currently offlineDTWLAX From United States of America, joined Aug 2009, 807 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 6049 times:

Quoting Atrude777 (Reply 12):
Should only be 11?

Huh?
The USA has 50 states


User currently offlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5694 posts, RR: 52
Reply 14, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 6019 times:

Quoting Atrude777 (Reply 12):

Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Iowa (Soon to be added with CID), Maine (Soon to be added with Portland), Kansas (Soon to be added with Wichita), West Virginia, and Vermont.
Quoting DTWLAX (Reply 13):

The USA has 50 states

Forgot Delaware.

50 minus 38 is 12

Alex



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User currently offlineBobLoblaw From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 1725 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 5934 times:

Quoting Atrude777 (Reply 12):
Iowa (Soon to be added with CID),

you mean DSM

Back in 1985-86, UAL flew to all 50 states and had a contest for passengers to see who could visit all 50 states first. United meant for people to fly to every state like say doing ORD-PHL-ORD-ILG-ORD, but people went ORD-PHL, drove to ILG then flew ILG-ORD. But since UAL ddint put those rules in writing, UA had no recourse to deny the eventual winner.

I read about it in the old but wonderful Frequent Flyer Magazine that came with the OAG each month in those days. For $50 bucks a year you got 12 OAGs and 12 issues of Frequent Flyer.


User currently offlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5694 posts, RR: 52
Reply 16, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 5877 times:

Quoting BobLoblaw (Reply 15):

you mean DSM

Yes, corrected it, thanks!

Alex



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User currently offlineN867DA From United States of America, joined May 2008, 1008 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5692 times:

Quoting BobLoblaw (Reply 10):
""300 Marietta St., Atlanta, GA""

yeesh bad neighborhood

but free beer! You don't happen to have a law blog do you?  

It's nice that Southwest has finally made it here. Doing a price comparison for some of their flights in the next couple months, they are usually cheaper or the same price as DL...but they toss in checked bags for free!



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User currently offlineglobalflyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 934 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5691 times:

Any locals have pictures of WN at the gates?


Landing on every Continent almost on an annual basis!
User currently offlineChi-town From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 971 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5648 times:

http://www.viddy.com/video/da7edf2e-8b5d-4e77-9b63-07458a618079

Video of first WN aircraft at ATL. Ferry to ATL.


User currently offlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5694 posts, RR: 52
Reply 20, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5467 times:

The actual approach and landing into ATL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdAvWKAvI5M&feature=youtu.be

Way to go Southwest and Air Tran! Congratulations!

Alex



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User currently offlineglobalflyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 934 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 5413 times:

AWESOME! Thanks Alex.. We in ATL have waiting so many years for this moment!!!


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User currently offlineBobLoblaw From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 1725 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 5275 times:

Quoting N867DA (Reply 17):
You don't happen to have a law blog do you?

yes, if you click on my name, youll see all my info


User currently offlineBobLoblaw From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 1725 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 5257 times:

Quoting N867DA (Reply 17):
Quoting BobLoblaw (Reply 10):
""300 Marietta St., Atlanta, GA""

yeesh bad neighborhood

but free beer! You don't happen to have a law blog do you?

They could have picked somewhere in Buckhead or Midtown but Ill go anyway. There are lots of shootings around 500 Marietta upwards.


User currently offlineMSPNWA From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 1969 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 5230 times:

That video is like a "Here I come!" moment. Looks like they brought in a fairly new 737-700 to start things off. Been a long time coming.

25 Atrude777 : N940WN is the registration, just barely 3 years old! Alex
26 alitalia744 : Congrats WN on finally buying yourself into ATL!
27 Post contains links 71Zulu : So guess this was the first ever revenue flight, ATL - BWI http://flightaware.com/live/flight/S...8/history/20120212/1100Z/KATL/KBWI Why does Flightaw
28 TeamInTheSky : And it seems that they departed 20 Minutes late....Welcome to ATL indeed
29 billreid : WN will crash and burn in ATL. Two years from now they will be completely rethinking the model. DL will destroy them in ATL now that WN has higher lab
30 aviationbuff08 : I have to agree with this. They must have some good stuff in the koolaid at LUV. ATL passenger will try it a few times because it is new. But DL will
31 September11 : I wish I'm in ATL today..
32 Post contains images kgaiflyer : So . . . wear your Timex rather than your Rolex. Take your "drive-to-work-only" junker and leave the Bentley at home
33 OA412 : As Atrude pointed out above, flightaware often does that. It's happened more than once that flightaware has said that my flight was operated by a 733
34 Atrude777 : Just like its been said about... DEN-United BWI-US Airways STL-TWA US left BWI as a hub, TWA is no longer around, and SWA has only expanded with Denv
35 burnsie28 : To play devils advocate, DEN, UA had really seemed to put a shelf on DEN for several years before WN entered, they had downsized quite a bit from wha
36 mcdu : The problem is that ATL is not a totally O&D market. WN has made their niche serving O&D and connecting very few pax. However, they are evolv
37 burnsie28 : FWIW, WN's first three flights left with less than 50 people on them. Considering the fan fare that all the other first flights that WN has offered (a
38 ORD2PHL : It doesn't always work, what about PHL, WN just did a massive pulldown - US managed to maintain it's position there, PHL also a congested, delay pron
39 CIDFlyer : I think they are kidding themselves if they plan to not have alot of connecting pax at ATL. Why go away from that? ATL is the worlds busiest airport,
40 N867DA : Lifelong Atlantan here. I will go with Southwest even if they are a little pricier because I know I won't get nickled and dimed by change fees, bag f
41 BobLoblaw : Gee same argument could have bene made about DEN. Wrong, WN has higher wages than DL, but much more productive work force and still has lower costs o
42 BobLoblaw : This is actually a big deal in a business market like ATL. I flew ATL-DCA for the day, got done early and DL wanted a bunch of $$$ to get on a slight
43 FlyPNS1 : Kelly NEVER said this. But WN has FF loyalty in many of the outstations. People who live in AUS, HOU, MCI, STL, BWI, MDW, PHX, LAS,etc are more loyal
44 BobLoblaw : I had FL A+ rewards and never flew them on longer than 2 hours flights. Not because of IFE but becasue of 30 inch pitch in the Y cabin. WN has better
45 Post contains links Atrude777 : I don't know about traffic in terms of Loads...but it has made SWA money and Kelly has no regrets from it thus far. There is an article from 2010 quo
46 N867DA : I've flown in and out of HOU at least 20 times. I've taken CO, DL, and even AA before. Three days ago I opened a Rapid Rewards account and this weeke
47 FlyASAGuy2005 : Me thinks the flip-flop with C-30 being RJ and mainline through the day will end very abruptly!! LOL I was told by someone that 30 was used as a "sho
48 Post contains links Atrude777 : People on a.net are saying Kelly stated he was going to shut down ATL Hub and go to P2P. Not True. He is certainly going to refocus and SHIFT the pat
49 Post contains links and images Atrude777 : SWA Flashmob in ATL conducted by FL and WN Employees http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bp-m8b1dRn8&sns=fb Looks like WN got the idea from Delta Alex
50 Post contains images Atlwest1 : To be honest the flash mob was organized by Airtran FA's and peoples and 98 percent of the people in it are Airtran staff Mny I call good friends So
51 Atrude777 : I did a quick price comparing...on the routes SWA is offering N/S on... March 13-16th is the Date ATL-MDW Delta--259 SWA-181 ATL-BWI Delta 181.60 SWA
52 Atrude777 : Cool, just going by what the link said, only 60 WN/FL folks were involved. Not trying to take away credit, in the end they are all Southwest Employee
53 TeamInTheSky : As a DL and ATL fan, I am happy to see WN in ATL. And even more importantly don't want this thread to devolve into another DL vs. WN thread. Luckily,
54 Post contains images ScottB : WN doesn't need to take much of the ATL point-of-sale, because they generally dominate the point-of-sale at the outstations. Take MSP-Chicago, for ex
55 BACCALA : The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which has extensive coverage of Southwest's Atlanta debut, writes: The initial flights out of Atlanta were on 137-se
56 micstatic : As mentioned above. I'd love to see ATL-BDL. I wonder if it's a likely pair to be added?
57 milesrich : All this hoopla over Southwest in ATL. What is so superior about their product vis a vis AirTran. What I see is cattle car boarding, and no upgrades.
58 Atrude777 : They had to, it's the law as per Wright Amendment. and LAX, PHX, LAS, SFO, DEN, STL, MCO, BWI, BOS, MSP, EWR, LGA, SEA, PDX, where everyone else flie
59 WNCrew : ....this is not the case at all. WN has one of the most orderly boarding processes of any US carrier. Most airlines have the "gate mob" everyone clus
60 STT757 : No fees, equals lower costs for passengers.
61 Post contains links usflyguy : You do realize WN is the largest carrier of domestic passengers, right? Jan-Oct of '11 WN carried 92.5 million domestic passengers (if you include FL
62 STT757 : They are not allowed to serve DFW, as per the Wright Agreement renegotiations. They serve DAL, and when the restrictions are dropped they will fly AT
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