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Southwest/AirTran SOC And Baggage Fees  
User currently offlineBAC111 From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 114 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4038 times:

Just read that the FAA has granted the single operating certificate for the merged carrier. Do any SW employees know or does anyone have an informed idea as to when the no bag fees policy will apply to all of the merged carrier's flights? (ie, when it will apply to what are currently considered AirTran flights?).

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User currently offlinegizmonc From United States of America, joined Mar 2011, 309 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3977 times:

The SOC that the FAA just granted to SWA and FL is a joint certificate. Southwest Airlines / Airtran. Both will continue to operate as seperate airlines. As SWA increases it's flights FL flights will demise. No announcement on codeshare as of yet. If you check in with SWA you pay no bag fees, if you check in with Airtran you are subject to bag fees.

See the link for more info:

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/faa...nes-and-airtran-airways-2012-03-01


User currently offlineMcdu From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 1466 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3025 times:

A single operating certificate approval by the FAA is only for regulatory purposes. The FAA agrees with the "plan" that WN and FL have in presented to show they will be able to combine operations safely. It unfortunately doesn't cover items like bag fees. Those are policy and not regulatory.

While it is unscrupulous for WN to tout no bags fees when they readily charge fees for FL flights it doesn't come under FAA control. The best gesture WN could make would be to turn the fees off for FL I don't see that happening. With the WN cost on the rise they need the ancillary revenue the bag fees generate on the FL side.


User currently offlinepar13del From Bahamas, joined Dec 2005, 7202 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2916 times:

Quoting Mcdu (Reply 2):
With the WN cost on the rise they need the ancillary revenue the bag fees generate on the FL side.

Wonder why they never opted to keep both carriers seprate and shift more flights from WN to FL to take advantage of the extra income, it is never too late for them to change their mind.


User currently offlineMcdu From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 1466 posts, RR: 17
Reply 4, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1870 times:

Quoting par13del (Reply 3):
Wonder why they never opted to keep both carriers seprate and shift more flights from WN to FL to take advantage of

I believe WN has in large part leveraged their reputation with no bag fees. To adopt them at WN it will be a publicity hit. They now are placed between their kitschy bag fee ads and reality of needing the ancillary revenue.

To keep bag fees on a carrier on their certificate and still run the no bag fee campaign seems a bit more than disingenuous.


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