Grow up!!!!!! I quit SWA and was hired by a real airline..........
Just my 2 cents worth, but your post tends to support what SWA737-500 was quite politely inferring: You're not exactly in a position of total objectivity, as an ex-SWA employee now working for a competitor. This is especially true, for example, if your departure from SWA wasn't exactly voluntary or otherwise not on good terms, as it would then appear it's just basic axe-grinding. Stop for a moment and imagine how it would look/feel if an ex-Continential Express employee (who went to work at SWA) got on here and makes snide comments about CO Express not being a "real" airline.
But hey, this is America, and everyone is entitled to their own opinions, which I fully support. However, please note that the right to express one's opinion(s) doesn't necessarily and/or automatically make that opinion(s) 100% fact.
I've been in the airline biz for approaching 25 years now (3 airlines total, including 20+ at SWA) and I can *assure* you that SWA is (and has been) a *real* airline in the objective contexts that are truly important. Safety. Efficiency. Providing the Customers with what they want. The "minor" stuff like that, and not all this *subjective* crap of who searves meals and who doesnt, or who has or hasn't supposedly upset the apple cart of the "traditional" airline industry.
Things change, including people's wants and expectations. It's very easy, especially for some of the folks here on this forum who are in the 15-25 year old age bracket to conveniently forget history, or otherwise engage in revisionist history re: SWA, but that also ignores the societal changes that have given us Walmart, Home Depot, Fedex, CompUSA, and other new retail delivery mechanisms that we've all come to accept. Naturally, if you or a relative was affected by one of these outfits and had to *change* as a result, yeah, they're the evil villains.
What a world it would be if the mere expression of everyone's individual opinions could be "tolerated" as a right, and without the need for infantile name-calling should one disagree.
Nah.... Not likely to happen on this forum....
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