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Almost Everyone In The World Has Flown SW!

Wed Nov 06, 2002 12:40 am

Wow! According to this Reuters report, 5.32 billion people flew on Southwest in October. Am I like the only person who hasn't?

http://biz.yahoo.com/rf/021105/airlines_southwest_1.html
 
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RE: Almost Everyone In The World Has Flown SW!

Wed Nov 06, 2002 12:50 am

Hilarious. A great example of poor editing.
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RE: Almost Everyone In The World Has Flown SW!

Wed Nov 06, 2002 12:59 am

That pretty impressive considering they only flew 3.7 billion revenue passenger miles. I guess that make the average passenger trip about .7 miles  Big thumbs up
 
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RE: Almost Everyone In The World Has Flown SW!

Wed Nov 06, 2002 1:02 am

Wouldn´t that mean that every single person in the US would have had needed to take about 15 flights on WN in October?
 
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RE: Almost Everyone In The World Has Flown SW!

Wed Nov 06, 2002 1:06 am

OK let´s see:
5.32 billion passengers flew 3.75 billion revenue passenger miles. So every passenger had an average trip of 0.70 miles or about 1 kilometre.

Now I see what they mean when they say the secret behind WN´s success is the high number of short hops they fly  Laugh out loud

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RE: Almost Everyone In The World Has Flown SW!

Wed Nov 06, 2002 1:31 am

Okay I'll take this a step further. Their average one way fare is $82.68. Assuming that about 70% of their passengers are not making a connection their revenues for the month of October were $307,900,320,000. Now thats what I call good yield.
 
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RE: Almost Everyone In The World Has Flown SW!

Wed Nov 06, 2002 5:11 am

Never flown em!

That that I don't want to but just never had the chance....

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RE: Almost Everyone In The World Has Flown SW!

Wed Nov 06, 2002 6:42 am

Never flown em, never hope to,

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RE: Almost Everyone In The World Has Flown SW!

Wed Nov 06, 2002 7:00 am

Ummm, I haven't flown Air Namibia either. SW is Air Namibia, right?

 
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RE: Almost Everyone In The World Has Flown SW!

Wed Nov 06, 2002 9:20 am

I haven't flown them, but i wouldn't mind.

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RE: Almost Everyone In The World Has Flown SW!

Wed Nov 06, 2002 9:23 am

I haven't flown them yet. I would like to just to say I have, but I'm in no hurry.
 
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RE: Almost Everyone In The World Has Flown SW!

Wed Nov 06, 2002 9:28 am

Am I like the only person who hasn't?

Nope, I haven't. You're not alone.
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RE: Almost Everyone In The World Has Flown SW!

Wed Nov 06, 2002 9:31 am

Well I have flown Air Namibia too... Was quite empty when I was on the flights...

Never flown Southwest Airlines though... Wanted 300US$ for PHX-LAS-PHX so I took the car. I haven't seen them here at FRA, DUS or CGN so I don't have a chance to fly them either.

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RE: Almost Everyone In The World Has Flown SW!

Wed Nov 06, 2002 9:35 am

ONT 737,

Not really. You also have to take out costs (fuel, landing fees, airport fees, employee compensation, food, etc.) as well. In other words, everything in the "liability" category.
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RE: Almost Everyone In The World Has Flown SW!

Wed Nov 06, 2002 10:08 am

Haven't flown SW (Air Namibia) but I have flown WN (Southwest) and I found them to be pretty good, even though a lot of people knock them...

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RE: Almost Everyone In The World Has Flown SW!

Wed Nov 06, 2002 11:04 am

Ive never flown WN .
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RE: Almost Everyone In The World Has Flown SW!

Wed Nov 06, 2002 11:09 am

I thought SW was Skywest...

All their registration numbers also end in SW.
 
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RE: Almost Everyone In The World Has Flown SW!

Wed Nov 06, 2002 11:38 am

I'm personally getting tired of that 32 stop flight home after work.

Also do they mean to imply that 5.32 billion individual people flew WN in any time frame? I will guarantee that 5.32 billion different people have flow no single airline in history, probably not all carriers combined have carried that number.

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RE: Almost Everyone In The World Has Flown SW!

Wed Nov 06, 2002 12:31 pm

IMissPiedmont: at least you didn't have to take the 3,000 stop flight to get from ABE to FAT on WN.
 
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RE: Almost Everyone In The World Has Flown SW!

Wed Nov 06, 2002 12:43 pm

I thought SW was Skywest...

You thought wrong.

Skywest is OO.

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RE: Almost Everyone In The World Has Flown SW!

Wed Nov 06, 2002 1:02 pm

Never flew them and I am also glad, I like WJ but I hate WN. Sort of werid eh?
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RE: Almost Everyone In The World Has Flown SW!

Wed Nov 06, 2002 1:33 pm

I'd wish people would stop knocking on WN having an image of a "cramped" airplane.

The seating pitch on WN's 737 fleet averages around 33.6 inches, which is excellent by low-cost carrier (LCC) standards. In fact, AA's much-touted More Room Throughout Coach setup isn't much roomier than WN's setup.

Having flown both WN 737-200 and 737-300 planes, they actually have pretty comfortable seating for an all-Economy layout.
 
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RE: Almost Everyone In The World Has Flown SW!

Wed Nov 06, 2002 2:16 pm

Ray Chuang I want some of what your smoking, "AA's much-touted More Room Throughout Coach setup isn't much roomier than WN's setup" come on i was so cramped in SW i will never fly them again. AA's coach seating is amazing compared to the other carriers, now only if their service was as good it would be great, but I will take more room in coach over service
 
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RE: Almost Everyone In The World Has Flown SW!

Wed Nov 06, 2002 2:33 pm

never flown em, not planning on it either
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RE: Almost Everyone In The World Has Flown SW!

Wed Nov 06, 2002 3:01 pm

nop. Never flown w them before.

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RE: Almost Everyone In The World Has Flown SW!

Wed Nov 06, 2002 5:06 pm

Never flown them! Anyway I a fair way a way only a few thousand miles! Big grin
 
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RE: Almost Everyone In The World Has Flown SW!

Wed Nov 06, 2002 5:24 pm

Gotta be 99,9 % US residents.....

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RE: Almost Everyone In The World Has Flown SW!

Thu Nov 07, 2002 1:46 pm

That should have been 5.32 million, not billion. Duh.

The seating on WN is very very good, actually. Many of the folks in my office fly them almost exclusively for business. The standard line is "either Southwest or American.....enjoy the legroom. Everyone else's coach cabin sucks."

And I don't know who was trying to charge $300 USD RT from PHX to LAS.....the absolute MAXIMUM walk up fare, including all tax, title, license, security fees, what have you....would be $200.50. So someone is either lying or, as was said in the great book "To Kill A Mockingbird"...they are "mistaken in their mind".

Southwest is great. It is funny to see how many folks haven't flown them, since so many sit in judgment and tell those of us who live on the ugly planes that they are so bad. I am going RT ELP-DAL-ELP this weekend in fact.
 
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RE: Almost Everyone In The World Has Flown SW!

Thu Nov 07, 2002 11:46 pm

Trickijedi,
"Not really. You also have to take out costs (fuel, landing fees, airport fees, employee compensation, food, etc.) as well. In other words, everything in the "liability" category."

I said revenue, not profit. Revenue is the *entire* amount of income before *any* deductions are made.

Anyway, from my experience the majority of people who do not like Southwest have never flown on the airline. There is the misconception that its all "flip-flops and backpacks" on the flights with cramped little seats. I don't know if it just because people ignorantly assume that just because they have lowfares, or that its premier execs. that need to be pampered and given 45 in. 1st class seats to be happy. I am quite surprised that they do not advertise their seat pitch more. Aside from MRTC they have more leg room than all other airlines. (It would be quite interesting is MRTC was eliminated and Southwest could say they have the industry leading seat pitch though) Their fleet is getting younger every month (now more than 1 in 3 of their planes are 73Gs, and 732s are only 7% of the fleet) and they are slowly installing new interiors on all their planes. If you just have to have assigned seats and 1st class then fly someone else, but don't just say things like "I hate them" and not back it up or exagerated things like "I have to make 28 stops to get from A to B" without actually looking at their schedule.