thegreatchecko
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Happy Birthday WN!

Sat Jun 18, 2005 5:49 am

For those of you wondering, today was the day that Herb Kelleher successfully argued the Texas Supreme Court to overrule a Texas State District Court injunction preventing Southwest from commencing service. WN started scheduled service between DAL, HOU, and SAT shortly afterwards.

That makes 34 years of spreading the LUV!

Happy Birthday Southwest Airlines!

Its time to party....


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GreatChecko
"A pilot's plane she is. She will love you if you deserve it, and try to kill you if you don't...She is the Mighty Q400"
 
DAYflyer
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RE: Happy Birthday WN!

Sat Jun 18, 2005 5:55 am

They sure have come a long way since then. Good luck and happy landings to them.
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atrude777
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RE: Happy Birthday WN!

Sat Jun 18, 2005 5:58 am

Tomorrow the 18th is when the first flight of WN takes off, 34 years ago.

Alex
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swadispatcher
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RE: Happy Birthday WN!

Sat Jun 18, 2005 5:59 am

Boeing's throwing a party over in the Hangar this afternoon for the Employees.. should be a good time!
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thegreatchecko
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RE: Happy Birthday WN!

Sat Jun 18, 2005 6:00 am

Quoting Atrude777 (Reply 2):
Tomorrow the 18th is when the first flight of WN takes off, 34 years ago.

Thx, I couldn't quite find that info. NUTS! makes it sound like it happened within the hour of the ruling!  Silly

GreatChecko
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atrude777
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RE: Happy Birthday WN!

Sat Jun 18, 2005 6:08 am

Quoting TheGreatChecko (Reply 4):
Thx, I couldn't quite find that info. NUTS! makes it sound like it happened within the hour of the ruling!

Straight from "NUTS!"

"i told lamar, you roll right over the son of bitch and leave our tire tracks on his uniform if you have to." the very next day, june 18th, 1971,Southwest Airlines was finally off the ground."

Alex
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n471wn
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RE: Happy Birthday WN!

Sat Jun 18, 2005 8:25 am

And then soon after the equivalent of Nevill Chamberlain ("Peace in our Time" after he visited with Hitler in Berlin) the laughing stock in every business case study......namely one Bob Crandall the then CEO of American Airlines who pronounced: "They will not be around in 6 months as no one is going to fly on an airline with just 3 planes with no food and no assigned seats".......poor Bob Crandall will live in airline infamy as the one who could have killed the baby in the cradle but thought the baby would not grow up......like everything in business it was his arrogance that took him down. Now American has to be embarrassed each and every day as they know they cannot compete with WN.
 
milemaster
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RE: Happy Birthday WN!

Sat Jun 18, 2005 8:55 am

Quoting Dbba (Reply 6):
Bob Crandall will live in airline infamy as the one who could have killed the baby in the cradle but thought the baby would not grow up......like everything in business it was his arrogance that took him down.

The only time Crandall was ever "taken down" was during the BI price fixing incident. I'd hardly consider Southwest the reason why AA has lost so much in the past 4 years.

That was a really funny comment.
 
n471wn
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RE: Happy Birthday WN!

Sat Jun 18, 2005 9:16 am

Milemaster:

You missed my point. Bob Crandall was "taken down" much later in the historical perspective as WN was born and grew on his watch. And of course his pronouncements about why WN would not make it are in every airline case study. His "place" in airline history if you will is now set as his lack of action and his arrogance have denied him any credibility in the airline business world. So by "take down" I mean from what he might have achieved if he had been smart. Sorry if the words conveyed another meaning.