WN may have started as an airline that carried a lot of biz travelers but that is not the case today. How can you have a lot of biz pax when you have no biz class or first class? Sorry but AA is an airline that carries a lot of biz pax not WN.
If you asked the businessman in Kansas City whether he wanted biz or first class seats on a flight to Chicago, or hourly flights that allow him to fly up in the morning and back that afternoon, which do you think he will pick? How come AA
went up against WN
flights and pulled them rather quickly afterwards? Is Austin a hotbed of weekly "trailer trash" activities, or do you think a lot of business folks in Dallas might want to Jet down to Austin to lobby their state representative and fly home that night? Is DAL
a big "leisure market"? How about LAX
? Each of those city pairs has hourly service. As a matter of fact, since I usually "two step" from MCI
), there were a number of "suits" doing the same exact thing.
For a better comparison, compare the number of "fully refundable" tickets sold by airline...those type tickets are the kind that business people usually buy. Southwest sells more "refundable" tickets than any other airline. Surely trailer trash isn't willing to pay the HIGHEST price for the ticket...are they? Here's what businesses want - an affordable fare and a convenient schedule. The fact that some
of their employees might moan because Southwest doesn't offer a "first class seat", the bottom line is that the company that it issuing their paycheck is looking to save money on their travel expenses. If they can walk up to the counter and buy a transcon ticket for $600 total (round trip), do you think that they'll pop for another thousand dollars, just so their employee can hope for an upgrade into first?