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The Man Behind Southwest's Quick Aircraft Turns

Mon Apr 02, 2007 11:06 am

An interesting story by Scott Hamilton on Leeham.net about the first president and CEO of WN, Lamar Muse. He established the basic business plan that still exists today and saved the airline when it nearly went out of business:

Quote:
Southwest is famous for its quick aircraft turns.
This came about because Lamar had to sell the
carrier's fourth Boeing 737 before delivery to
meet a payroll, yet fly a four aircraft schedule with
three aircraft. Thus was born the famed 10
minute turn -- this before federal rules required
everybody to be in their seats before the door
could be closed and the aircraft could be taxied.
Today, even at 25 minutes, Southwest turns an
aircraft faster than anyone else.

http://www.leeham.net/filelib/CARMar0107.pdf
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RE: The Man Behind Southwest's Quick Aircraft Turns

Mon Apr 02, 2007 11:18 am

Didnt get a chance to look at the article but know that the 10 minute turn was an idea made by the southwest employees in an effort to avoid job cuts while drastically cutting their fleet (they were selling one of their four or so planes). The execs announced that jobs would have to be cut because there would be less work with one of the planes gone but the employees devised a way to fly the same amount of daily flights, using less planes, which was to be done with the 10 minute turn. Amazing that they were able to do it and great that they all saved their jobs.
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RE: The Man Behind Southwest's Quick Aircraft Turns

Mon Apr 02, 2007 11:23 am

Quoting BoomBoom (Thread starter):
Today, even at 25 minutes, Southwest turns an
aircraft faster than anyone else.

Incorrect. At Skywest we had 15 mins to turn an EMB and 18 mins to turn a CRJ, 19mins to turn a CR7. Still 6 minutes less than WN. Now if the statement said "Southwest turns a 737 faster than anyone else than perhaps the statement would be true.
 
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RE: The Man Behind Southwest's Quick Aircraft Turn

Mon Apr 02, 2007 11:43 am

Quoting OOer (Reply 2):
At Skywest we had 15 mins to turn an EMB and 18 mins to turn a CRJ, 19mins to turn a CR7. Still 6 minutes less than WN.

I flew on a Cessna Caravan and the turns were even faster that that .



[Edited 2007-04-02 04:46:28]
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RE: The Man Behind Southwest's Quick Aircraft Turns

Mon Apr 02, 2007 11:57 am

Quoting OOer (Reply 2):
At Skywest we had 15 mins to turn an EMB and 18 mins to turn a CRJ, 19mins to turn a CR7. Still 6 minutes less than WN. Now if the statement said "Southwest turns a 737 faster than anyone else than perhaps the statement would be true.

There is a bit of a difference between a 737 and a regional.
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RE: The Man Behind Southwest's Quick Aircraft Turns

Mon Apr 02, 2007 12:01 pm

Quoting BoomBoom (Reply 3):
I flew on a Cessna Caravan and the turns were even faster that that .

Haha! You beat me to it.

Quoting OOer (Reply 2):
Incorrect. At Skywest we had 15 mins to turn an EMB and 18 mins to turn a CRJ, 19mins to turn a CR7. Still 6 minutes less than WN. Now if the statement said "Southwest turns a 737 faster than anyone else than perhaps the statement would be true.

.... speechless! HAHAHA I hope that was a joke
 
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RE: The Man Behind Southwest's Quick Aircraft Turns

Mon Apr 02, 2007 12:06 pm

BoomBoom,

You flew for Haggland? What are you up to these days?
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RE: The Man Behind Southwest's Quick Aircraft Turns

Mon Apr 02, 2007 12:21 pm

Quoting BoomBoom (Reply 3):
I flew on a Cessna Caravan and the turns were even faster that that .

I watched a King Air turn in BIS in about 2 minutes...damn thing propwashed our Warrior.
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RE: The Man Behind Southwest's Quick Aircraft Turns

Mon Apr 02, 2007 12:40 pm

Quoting Graphic (Reply 7):
I watched a King Air turn in BIS in about 2 minutes...damn thing propwashed our Warrior.

Quickest turn I ever had as a SWA Ops agent (late 1970s-early 1980s) on a 737-200 was 3 minutes. It was a through flight, fueled through, 35 pax and bags off and 12 pax and bags on.

We had a 155-seat 727-200 for awhile (155 seats), and my best time on that one was about 15 minutes. There was one other agent (Hal Y.) who did 155 pax and bags off/155 pax and bags on in 10 "no kiddin" minutes, and was the only agent who ever did so, not to forget the rampers who also really humped that one...
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RE: The Man Behind Southwest's Quick Aircraft Turns

Mon Apr 02, 2007 12:55 pm

Yeah, the truth is that most airlines can easily turn an aircraft in under 30 mins if/when they really have to. The difference is that WN's business model required these short turns ... most other airlines only need it when an arriving aircraft is late.

Yes, one might argue that the other airlines schedule >30 mins between flights only because they can't turn in less than that ... but less true than for WN.


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RE: The Man Behind Southwest's Quick Aircraft Turn

Mon Apr 02, 2007 2:17 pm

Quoting TheGreatChecko (Reply 6):
You flew for Haggland? What are you up to these days?

I didn't fly for Hagland, I was a passenger going to public meetings in Aniak, Sleetmute and Crooked Creek.
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