radelow
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CNN Article On LCC

Wed Sep 29, 2004 2:46 am

The most interesting thing about the whole article is that they didn't mention WN ONCE.

http://www.cnn.com/2004/TRAVEL/09/27/bt.low.cost.carriers.reut/index.html
 
hz747300
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RE: CNN Article On LCC

Wed Sep 29, 2004 3:00 am

The article stated some things that were contrary to WN's success:

What really differentiates the two models is age and efficiency, according to several experts. An older work force translates into higher labor costs, because airline pay is based on seniority. Many of the low-cost carriers employ relatively young staff.

In addition, the low-cost carriers use planes and staff more efficiently. The average turnaround time for planes at low-cost carriers is 30 minutes, versus more than an hour at the major carriers. And the discount carriers only fly to the busiest airports.


Southwest is 30 years old. Retirement age for pilots is 61--unless Southwest ties its old pilots to a tree and shoots them, one has to assume they are growing old in the company. It's not like Logan's Run

Southwest does not fly to the busiest airports either.

In order for the author and analysts mentioned to maintain credibility, Southwest could not be mentioned.
Keep on truckin'...
 
radelow
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RE: CNN Article On LCC

Wed Sep 29, 2004 4:18 am

I just find it amazing that someone could author an article like that and not site the fundamental example of LCC operations. The article is basically bunk and just talks about abstract items.

Mark
 
burnsie28
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RE: CNN Article On LCC

Wed Sep 29, 2004 5:38 am

Yeah, it only mentioned the ones that may or are having trouble, which WN isnt. So therefore they justified not mentioning them.