Real mature Learjet23, real mature.
Did I mention also... not very funny?
Some people have been doing a pretty good job of describing how WN
manages to stay profitable even with "low" load factors. And I am no expert, just an observer, from flying them and becoming a fan of the airline and it's operations.
Now I have never flown DAL
or many of the short routes that WN
is so famous for, as I fly from Florida to California 90% of the time I get on a plane (and it's always a Southwest). But I know that on those cross country long hauls, they are always full. Normally packed out, but maybe one or two seats empty.
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On the shorter legs, TPA
for example the plane may have a very low load factor, I remember there being about 8 of us one flight. But the long hauls are _always_ full.
Now the way I understand it, the CASM is much lower on a long haul than a short haul, so does it stand to reason that you make more money on a full long haul than you loose on a low load short haul?
Also, when you fly across country on Southwest, you nearly always hopscotch... my name for landing at another city on the way w/o changing planes. Every time I have done this, in every city I have done it, MSY PHX AUS
and some others that escape me, the plane almost always nearly empties out, and the through passenger count is pretty low. That means to me that the flights are designed to get most people where they want to go as efficiently as possible, and if you get a new passenger in the seat, you get new revenue.
Also the fact that almost every time I book a flight the connecting cities available have changed tells me that the people planning the routes keep a pretty close eye on what's going on and adjust to keep point to point passengers and through or connecting passengers moving as efficiently as possible.
Not to mention, as it has been, the 30 minute turn, keeping the planes in the air.... the hedging of fuel costs to keep them low and predictable, and efficient management and employees alike.
The word efficient keeps coming up here.
So, for those of you in the business, or more privy to info that I don't have... does this make sense, or am I talking out my butt?
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