You know what really gets me? In this month's Airways magazine, the president of AirTran, Joe Leonard is quoted as saying, "we just can't get the numbers to work on the winglets". That just boggles my mind. How can he say that?
He *may* be talking about gate space there, not fuel consumption...
"Blended winglets cut soaring fuel costs by up to 5%."
I'm sure the ad also says, "according to a study by..." OR
"on certain routes..." or something to that effect...
Studies by others might have shown that FL
wouldn't make those savings.
Doesnt FL fly Atlanta-Moline/Quad City on a 737-700?
No. Unless it's to position an aircraft for the MLI-LAS
A lot of the same reporters that wet themselves over JetBlue still think AirTran = ValuJet, and don't bother with them.
JetBlue has two other advantages.
1) They are based in New York City at JFK
, which means they are as close to the media as you can get (NBC, CBS, NewsCorp all have their primary news outlets here).
2) They made a big splash by being well financed, having TVs in the seats, and having an excellent
promotion strategy that has yet to be equalled in the industry.
That's TWO PEOPLE. What about all the other people mentioned who are ex-NW?
Besides, 1992-1998 were the "Golden Years" for USAir. If you could call it that...
Those who fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it in summer school.