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Southwest At MDW With Midway #1 Question

Sat Jan 29, 2005 6:13 am

WHen the original Midway airlines was operating out of MDW, how big was WN? What routes did they have and when did they start getting bigger? any info would be greatly appreciated thanks  Smile
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RE: Southwest At MDW With Midway #1 Question

Sat Jan 29, 2005 7:36 am

A big route & fleet expansion came with the aquisition of Morris and the integration of them during and after 1992, but unfortunately the Annual Reports only go back to 1994. Details for expansion for that year are here http://www.swacargo.com/investor_relations/swaar94.pdf and lists 199 aircraft. From '91 (when Midawy Airlines went under) to the end of '94 I counted delivery of 43 a/c, so I figure SWA fleet size would be about 156 in 1991.

It's almost as if the company doubles in size every five years. In fact "Shareholders saw their Southwest holdings increase 10-fold from 1980 to 1985. After 1990, Southwest doubled again." (from Beating the Street by Peter Lynch, Simon & Schuster 1994)

You can see details of SWAs expansion by year under that very word in the index of in their annual reports that can be found here- http://www.swacargo.com/investor_relations/annual_reports.html

 
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RE: Southwest At MDW With Midway #1 Question

Sat Jan 29, 2005 8:04 am

"What routes did they have and when did they start getting bigger?"

This might also be of interest:
Southwest Airlines: Route Network Development since 1971
http://www.erau.edu/research/BA590/chapters/ch2.htm

You can also see SWA route maps throughout the years 1971-2003 here-

http://www.erau.edu/research/BA590/appendices/appendix_a_-_wn_route_development.ppt

It's really neat and will visually anwser your question about route growth by year. *If you do not have a Power Point viewer, you will need to download it to display the graphics. Get it from Microsoft here-
http://download.microsoft.com/download/a/1/a/a1adc39b-9827-4c7a-890b-91396aed2b86/ppviewer.exe

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