Lowfareair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1597 times:
Little article from the LA Times, a couple excerpts you will want to read:
>>JetBlue was firmly in the black before Sept. 11. For the first six months of 2001, the carrier posted a profit of $10.7 million on revenue of $142.2 million, and JetBlue's load factor was a stout 80%, according to figures compiled by the Department of Transportation<<
>>"We're back to within 85% of where we were" in terms of passenger traffic, Neeleman, 41, said.<<
UPS Pilot From United States of America, joined May 1999, 867 posts, RR: 3 Reply 1, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1486 times:
This has to be the best, freshest business model in the airline industry since Virgin. I read an article about JetBlue's CEO. This guy is a solid leader and from the looks of it so is his airline. He will clean aircraft or help load bags. He doesn't have people working for him, he has people working WITH him. Thats what it's all about!Keep up the good work!
N6801 From Sweden, joined Aug 2001, 192 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1446 times:
They're the greatest! I flew them from JFK-BUF-JFK last July and what a great relaxed on-board atmosphere. And they're organized to the teeth, both on the ground and aloft. I'll always make them my number one (low fares or not)!
Capt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1410 times:
As a Foreigner to US airlines, I too recommend this airline for domestic travel within the US; I had a pleasant flight from Seattle to JFK; comfortable seats, live TV and complimentary muffins & water.
Tango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3725 posts, RR: 31 Reply 9, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1307 times:
My own word to jetBlue "haters":
Face it - B6 and WN have winning game plans that your favorite "full-service" majors refuse to acknowledge--in spite of all the evidence that keeps on mounting. Could it be that that the "hate" you have toward jetBlue (and probably other no-frills airlines as well) is really about your resistance to facing the truth that the game plans of your favorite majors have become discredited by the success of B6 and WN?
Tango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3725 posts, RR: 31 Reply 15, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1229 times:
Bove: David Neeleman did not own Morris Air. Its owner, June Morris, sold Morris Air to Southwest. When David Neeleman opted not to go with Southwest, he was made to sign a 5-year non-compete clause, during which time he was instrumental in founding Westjet (which was allowed since WS is not a competitor to WN). Info is from an article found at fortune.com, "A Smokeless Herb" the subject of which is Mr. Neeleman.
Pilot1113 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 2333 posts, RR: 13 Reply 20, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1152 times:
>>Isn't David Neeleman the same man who built up
>>Morris Air in the Northeast only to turn around and
>>sell it to Southwest in 1997?
I believe Morris Air was sold in the early 90s. From all my research, I have never found out the real reason why he sold it to Southwest.
My guess is that it couldn't make it through the downturn in the economy in the Gulf War era.
However, Neeleman has poured a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into JetBlue. I would find it extremely unlikely that after all that work he's put into this airline that he'll just turn around and sell it out.
LoneStarMike From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 3643 posts, RR: 38 Reply 21, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1141 times:
Neil, as pointed out by Tango-Bravo, June Morris was the owner of Morris Air.
There was a brief write-up in the Airport Report Express on December 15, 1993 when it was first announced that Southwest planned to purchase Morris Air. Note the last paragraph as to the reason June Morris wanted to sell the company.
SOUTHWEST TO PURCHASE MORRIS AIR
Southwest Airlines said it will acquire look-alike carrier Morris Air, based in Salt Lake City, in a stock swap valued at $129 million. The transaction will extend Southwest's system into the Pacific Northwest, where Morris serves Seattle, Portland, Ore., and 20 other destinations.
According to an announcement from Southwest, the share exchange transaction will close on Dec. 31, subject to receipt of Justice Department approval and fulfillment of other unspecified conditions. Morris began scheduled operations in 1993 after operating as a charter-only carrier for eight years.
Herb Kelleher, chairman of Southwest, said the linkage of the two airline systems, which do not compete, will provide "more low fare competition, more quickly, to a greater area of our country and to more American consumers. Since our low fare and entrepreneurial philosophies and policies are identical; our methods of operation are very similar; and we fly the same type of aircraft, the 737-300, I am convinced that the transitional integration of Morris Air into Southwest over a period of several years will be substantially eased and facilitated. In addition, the great majority of permanent Morris employees will be offered employment at Southwest, and Southwest will continue to maintain an operating presence and reservations center in Salt Lake City. Finally, based upon the anticipated 1993 and projected 1994 profits of Morris Air, its acquisition is not anticipated to dilute, but, instead, to augment, the earnings per share of Southwest." Kelleher also said that to the extent the nation's mega-carriers plan to launch low-fare, short-haul operations, the purchase of Morris Air "represents an effective response" by Southwest.
In a comparison of the two airlines provided by Southwest, Morris had 1992 net income of $5.3 million and has a fleet of 21 737 jets. Service similarities between the two carriers were listed as: comparable low fares, low costs; no assigned seating; both use plastic boarding cards; neither serve meals; both have all 737 fleet, and offer point-to-point service.
June Morris, founder of Morris Air, said she approached Southwest to purchase her carrier due to a combination of "personal concerns and future business concerns." According to published reports, Morris was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and said she wanted more leisure time to spend with her husband.