737doctor
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Parker And Kelly Comment On SWA & PHL

Thu Oct 30, 2003 8:51 am

I was fortunate enough to sit in on a question and answer session at a MX conference today in which our CEO Jim Parker and our CFO Gary Kelly spoke about our plans for PHL.

Many of you have commented on the fact that it seems a departure from our normal business model, which both men readily admitted. According to Mr. Parker, the reason we chose PHL was because it is the largest market without a significant low cost presence. For that reason, the Company foresees an excellent opportunity for growth, not only in PHL, but in the Northeast region as a whole.

Some of you have expressed a sentiment that SWA is trying to put US Airways out of business. Jim Parker, while acknowledging that we will be in direct competition with US Airways in their own backyard, said that Southwest wishes no ill will to US Airways or their employees; the company is simply moving forward with our plan for growth after holding our ground during the uncertainty following 9/11.

As far as being a risky move on our part, Gary Kelly says, that thus far, most investment strategists view the move favorably due to our track record.

Also, Mr Parker said that PHL will probably be our only new city in 2004, but like everything, they are always looking at new avenues for growth in the future. They analyze a hundred different options before making one decision. Situations can and do change depending on the prevailing conditions at the time.

Hope this helps answer some questions and clarify things a bit.
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RE: Parker And Kelly Comment On SWA & PHL

Thu Oct 30, 2003 8:57 am

With all do respect to Mr. Parker...his statement of no ill will toward US and it's employees sounds a bit euphemistic.
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RE: Parker And Kelly Comment On SWA & PHL

Thu Oct 30, 2003 9:02 am

Hey, we're all brothers and sisters in the airline industry. I have friends at our competitors and work alongside other SWA mechanics with wives and loved ones employed by other carriers as well. I know business is business (I said that in another thread), but it's nothing personal, so I take him at his word.
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RE: Parker And Kelly Comment On SWA & PHL

Thu Oct 30, 2003 9:07 am

737Dr.,
Agreed! Being a former UA employee, and now closely aligned with, yet not directly employed by, AA, I always root for AA vs. UA. I certainly don't wish for the outright failure of UA, though.
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RE: Parker And Kelly Comment On SWA & PHL

Thu Oct 30, 2003 9:10 am

>>>With all do respect to Mr. Parker...his statement of no ill will toward US and it's employees sounds a bit euphemistic.

If you don't know him, and what kind of guy he really is, sure, it probably does.

I'll take him at his word also....
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RE: Parker And Kelly Comment On SWA & PHL

Thu Oct 30, 2003 9:16 am

Hopefully the end will come quickly for usairways.... God bless Southwest >>> they are proof unions & airlines can work well together. I fly on them when ever I have a choice to.
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RE: Parker And Kelly Comment On SWA & PHL

Thu Oct 30, 2003 9:26 am

I like USAir very much. BUT- this could be a disaster for them. That said, Dallas hosts both WN and AA, Atlanta hosts both DL and AirTran (FL?)

So maybe there's room...

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RE: Parker And Kelly Comment On SWA & PHL

Thu Oct 30, 2003 9:34 am

OPNLguy,
Absolutely correct! My remark was a jibe at WN, not directed at Mr. Parker since I'm in no position to assess or assign his personal motivation(s).
The initial comment credited to him struck me more as the typical corporate posturing one would typically hear when a gathering of the chieftains occurs.
Now back to the thread...
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RE: Parker And Kelly Comment On SWA & PHL

Thu Oct 30, 2003 11:44 am

Well it was hardly a "gathering of the chieftains". Just a couple of executives gracious enough to answer some questions during a MX conference...

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RE: Parker And Kelly Comment On SWA & PHL

Thu Oct 30, 2003 1:08 pm

737doctor,

Did either Jim or Gary address the concerns many seem to be raising about constant delays in PHL? It's been years since I've flown through Philly so I don't have much of a frame of reference. My years in Ground Ops taught me what kind of havoc a delay prone airport can wreak on the entire system. Many a day I cursed St. Louis for tossing my entire schedule into chaos. Given the way our aircraft tend to flow...especially on the short hauls sometimes you can somehow manage to crawl out of an airport just to have to turnaround and go right back.

Oh well, I guess we will just have to wait and see.
 
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RE: Parker And Kelly Comment On SWA & PHL

Thu Oct 30, 2003 1:13 pm

Maybe WN is taking the traffic into consideration and doing more point to point and keeping the connections to a minimum via PHL?
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