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WN At PHL, Let The Race Begin

Tue May 11, 2004 7:01 am

"Southwest Comes Calling, and a Race Begins

Published: May 10, 2004

PHILADELPHIA, May 9 - Southwest Airlines Flight 741 took off for Chicago a minute before 7 o'clock Sunday morning, inaugurating a critical city for Southwest, the nation's largest low-fare carrier, and setting off a flashpoint for the brutally competitive airline industry.

While depicted as a threat to the struggling US Airways, which uses Philadelphia as one of its three hubs and operates 68 percent of its flights from here, Southwest's presence has set in motion a battle for passengers between low-fare carriers and traditional airlines that epitomizes what is going on nationwide.

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[Edited 2004-05-11 00:02:51]
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RE: WN At PHL, Let The Race Begin

Tue May 11, 2004 7:14 am

WN will win this race going away. Much like Secretariat did at belmont. USAirways can't compete. This is going to be the last hurrah for them I think.
Hey that guy with the private jet can bail us out! Why? HE CAN AFFORD IT!
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RE: WN At PHL, Let The Race Begin

Tue May 11, 2004 7:16 am

Some quotes that jump out at me..

"But competitors think US Airways' long hold here will probably be shaken, now that passengers have alternatives.

"Everybody wants a bite out of them," said David Neeleman, chief executive of JetBlue Airways, the low-fare carrier which as yet does not serve Philadelphia."

Not yet..?

"Three generations of Marie Geiger's family - her husband, Harry; daughter Susan and son-in-law Michael Chatary; and the three Chatary children - were on hand two hours early for their trip to Orlando. The family, who live in Philadelphia, bought tickets for $49 each way on Saturday.

Asked why the family was traveling on Southwest, Sayla Chatary, age 7, piped up, "It's cheaper."

Mr. Chatary said a similar trip on US Airways would have cost at least $200 a person, more than the family was willing to spend at the last minute."

This family's quote makes it evident to everyone who reads it the importance and positive effect of WN, families who could otherwise not be able to afford air travel can take vacations together. More people traveling is good for the economy, and it's good for people to get out of their neighborhoods and see the Country.
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RE: WN At PHL, Let The Race Begin

Tue May 11, 2004 7:21 am

NIKV69 -- thanks for your always inciteful pro-WN anti-US post. between those and your recaps of "Airline," would be amiss without you  Insane

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