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by SWADawg
Fri Aug 16, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2019
Replies: 410
Views: 48403

Re: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2019

I'm sure WN would love to have frequencies to AMA, LBB, AUS, SAT, HOU, LIT, OKC, TUL, ELP, MAF and others at the level they were duing Wright Amendment days. Planes were full. WN made lots of money. With 18 gates and an apparent top of 195 departures, that is not possible. Maybe that will change in...

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by SWADawg
Fri Aug 16, 2019 1:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest, a stalwart Boeing 737 MAX customer, eyes other jets
Replies: 205
Views: 31022

Re: Southwest, a stalwart Boeing 737 MAX customer, eyes other jets

I don't see WN adding a 2nd fleet type organically. If 2020 brings further MAX delivery/grounding delays I see WN buying someone with another fleet type. My money would be on JetBlue. They Brings in a much better percentage in 3 of the biggest markets into the WN network plus takes away competition...

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by SWADawg
Thu Aug 15, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2019
Replies: 410
Views: 48403

Re: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2019

I really am at a loss as to what to make of this schedule. Some of the permanent cuts seem rather draconian given that the timeline for the MAX return to service seems to be getting more certain. The cuts out of DAL are particularly disturbing DAL-SFO? DAL-OKC?, these are bread and butter trunk rout...

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by SWADawg
Thu Jul 25, 2019 1:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2019
Replies: 410
Views: 48403

Re: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2019

It’s true I’m afraid. I’ve already seen the first 2 ex FL -700’s already on the retirement schedule. First one leaves in August and the second one leaves in September. I can’t see past September, but expect to see more in October.

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by SWADawg
Fri Jul 12, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Complaint filed against Boeing and WN over 737 MAX safety issues
Replies: 90
Views: 13077

Re: Boeing and WN sued over 737 MAX safety issues

This might have legs so don't discount what appears on the surface as a frivolous lawsuit. SWA was the driving customer force behind the minimalistic approach to differences training and Boeing complied. The 737 MAX Chief Technical Pilot who oversaw the development and certification of the MAX left...

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by SWADawg
Thu Jul 04, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The Future of Boeing
Replies: 35
Views: 2366

Re: The Future of Boeing

Simple Answer. No. The Boeing Company isn’t going anywhere. This MAX issue will blow over eventually and the world will continue to turn.

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by SWADawg
Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit announces BNA to BWI, FLL, MSY, LAS, MCO, TPA
Replies: 25
Views: 3428

Re: Spirit announces BNA to BWI, FLL, MSY, LAS, MCO, TPA

Throwing down with WN on all of these routes.

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by SWADawg
Sat May 18, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN and DFW
Replies: 36
Views: 5060

Re: WN and DFW

No. Knowing this Company the way I do. Not going to happen most likely. Honestly, the new WN has mostly moved beyond the secondary Airport business model aside from DAL, MDW, and HOU. Well in all seriousness then, how many Fort Worth area pax drive past DFW to fly out of DAL? I've always been curio...

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by SWADawg
Sat May 18, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN and DFW
Replies: 36
Views: 5060

Re: WN and DFW

One of two things will happen in 2024. Either WN will petition for full unrestricted repeal of the Wright Amendment and buildout DAL to the full 40 gate master plan (most likely scenario). Or, they will request 10-15 gates be made available at DFW and split the operation between the two Airports. O...

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by SWADawg
Sat May 18, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN and DFW
Replies: 36
Views: 5060

Re: WN and DFW

One of two things will happen in 2024. Either WN will petition for full unrestricted repeal of the Wright Amendment and buildout DAL to the full 40 gate master plan (most likely scenario). Or, they will request 10-15 gates be made available at DFW and split the operation between the two Airports. Op...

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by SWADawg
Mon May 06, 2019 11:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2019
Replies: 410
Views: 48403

Re: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2019

Anyone know what is going on with the next Southwest schedule release. Was May 23rd, then jumped to May 29th and now it jumped all the way to June 20th. Guessing MAX related? But they are only going to have 5 months for sale here soon. Seems like they should put out some kind of schedule between no...

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by SWADawg
Thu May 02, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Two Southwest jets at MIA
Replies: 8
Views: 2710

Re: Two Southwest jets at MIA

Odd, is that new? I've literally never seen a Southwest jet at MIA before for MX - and I've been planespotting there for more than a decade. Yes. It’s a new contract MX line that was added recently. You should start seeing 2-3 737’s rotate through there on a regular basis. It does make me wonder if...

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by SWADawg
Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Jetblue Announces Flights to London from JFK and BOS from 2021
Replies: 947
Views: 142033

Re: Confirmed: Jetblue Announces Flights to London from JFK and BOS from 2021

Gulfstream500 wrote:
Kind of a letdown that it won’t be until 2021... that’s almost two years from now. In that much time, NK could by flying to Hawaii...

WN could technically preempt B6 and fly BOS/PVD-LON as well, not that I think they will, but having ETOPS Authorization gives them the ability.

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by SWADawg
Sat Apr 06, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2019
Replies: 410
Views: 48403

Re: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2019

DEN has definitely changed what they originally planned along with what WN had asked for which was exclusive use of Concourse C. I still think that should be the ultimate goal, which is to give the 2 largest operators at DEN, (UA and WN) their own Concourses. If that means starting Concourse D and m...

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by SWADawg
Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5474
Views: 718436

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

MCAS obstructs an airman from trusting one of his basic instincts and perform pitch and thrust when unreliable speed indication is noted. This is not normal. Certifying a commercial airplane that works on unsuitable engines for its design is also not normal. It is also suspicious and also scary whe...

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by SWADawg
Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Could Add 500 Aircraft to it's Fleet
Replies: 115
Views: 21184

Re: Southwest Could Add 500 Aircraft to it's Fleet

I think its just a matter of time before WN either converts existing options or places a separate order for about 50-100 MAX-10’s configured with 199-200 seats primarily for West Coast-Hawaii, but also for LAS and even limited flights in and out of DAL. They still keep 4 F/A’s and they keep a genero...

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by SWADawg
Thu Feb 28, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest get final authorization from FAA to begin Hawaii service
Replies: 341
Views: 43145

Re: Southwest get final authorization from FAA to begin Hawaii service

I wonder if we'll ever see HOU-HNL on their MAX 8. Would be a good alternative versus UA with their high density config on their 777. Never. Not enough range for the MAX-8 out of HOU. DEN with the MAX-7 is the farthest East you will realistically see the MAX to Hawaii. Now, if WN orders the NMA whe...

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by SWADawg
Sat Feb 23, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1727
Views: 387314

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

GalebG4 wrote:
Saw the video on youtube which is deleted. Airplane feel apart in the mid air and pieces on fire fell on the ground.

Incendiary device onboard?

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by SWADawg
Tue Feb 19, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: WN 8725 KOAK - PHNL She's on her way!
Replies: 456
Views: 47828

Re: Updated: WN 8725 KOAK - PHNL She's on her way!

On its way from OGG-DAL. I wonder if this is the last validation flight they need. Formal approval tomorrow or Thursday?

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by SWADawg
Tue Feb 19, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Eastern Airlines "WHISPERJET"
Replies: 45
Views: 8373

Re: Eastern Airlines "WHISPERJET"

I don’t think it had anything to do with noise requirements as there weren’t really any back when the 727 was introduced. I think it had something to do with the tail mounted engines that made most of the cabin whisper quiet compared to underwing mounted engines.

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by SWADawg
Mon Feb 18, 2019 10:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: WN 8725 KOAK - PHNL She's on her way!
Replies: 456
Views: 47828

Re: Updated: WN 8725 KOAK - PHNL She's on her way!

I thought it was supposed to be a 38M? Still shows a 738. Oh well.

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by SWADawg
Sun Feb 17, 2019 11:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: WN 8725 KOAK - PHNL She's on her way!
Replies: 456
Views: 47828

Re: Updated: WN 8725 KOAK - PHNL She's on her way!

WN 8725 back in the air headed back to OAK as we speak.

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by SWADawg
Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: WN 8725 KOAK - PHNL She's on her way!
Replies: 456
Views: 47828

Re: Updated: WN 8725 KOAK - PHNL She's on her way!

Looks like a possible divert is in progress. Flight 8725 now shows OAK-ITO. Hilo spotters be ready.

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by SWADawg
Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southern Airways Acquires Mokulele Airlines
Replies: 24
Views: 3403

Re: Southern Airways Acquires Mokulele Airlines

Not trying to take advantage of WN starting inter island flights by flying Southern Airways next to Southwest Airlines and hoping islanders think they’re getting the latter while ending up on the former. The inter-Island flights will be operated as Mokulele. Where's the confusion? I missed that par...

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by SWADawg
Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southern Airways Acquires Mokulele Airlines
Replies: 24
Views: 3403

Re: Southern Airways Acquires Mokulele Airlines

Not trying to take advantage of WN starting inter island flights by flying Southern Airways next to Southwest Airlines and hoping islanders think they’re getting the latter while ending up on the former.

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by SWADawg
Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: WN 8725 KOAK - PHNL She's on her way!
Replies: 456
Views: 47828

Re: Updated: WN 8725 KOAK - PHNL She's on her way!

The next proving run is scheduled- February 14 OAK-HNL with a return the next day. Government may be shutdown again by close of business February 15 though. Not looking good on getting a deal as of this morning. It will be interesting to see what happens IF the government shuts down again and there...

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by SWADawg
Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1067
Views: 126696

Re: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019

I would think sooner rather than later but who knows? I know that MDW is beyond maxed out and STL is envisioned to be an East/West scissor (Hub). I think the general consensus was possibly by the end of the year, but probably no later than 2020. What is your trust level in your sources. I know I ha...

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by SWADawg
Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Largest Movement at MDW
Replies: 41
Views: 5521

Re: Largest Movement at MDW

klm617 wrote:
A United DC-8-61 was the largest aircraft to ever fly into MDW. Also I don't think NW ever had 753 service to Midway

NW did indeed operate the 757-300 into MDW several times a day in retaliation for WN starting MDW-MSP service.

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by SWADawg
Mon Feb 04, 2019 11:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: WN 8725 KOAK - PHNL She's on her way!
Replies: 456
Views: 47828

Re: Southwest Proving Run to HI announced

Yes. This will be a “real run” and will land in HNL. The following day it will fly HNL-DAL. Both flights will be observed by the FAA.

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by SWADawg
Mon Feb 04, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1067
Views: 126696

Re: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019

I would think sooner rather than later but who knows? I know that MDW is beyond maxed out and STL is envisioned to be an East/West scissor (Hub). I think the general consensus was possibly by the end of the year, but probably no later than 2020.

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by SWADawg
Mon Feb 04, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1067
Views: 126696

Re: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019

Well I know they are saying they want 3 more gates for sure, which according to station personnel (rumor) is a done deal with the City of St. Louis, so your pdf link looks like what they would open up next. My question is whether the City will just then go ahead and reopen the rest of D to connect b...

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by SWADawg
Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1067
Views: 126696

Re: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019

Uploaded the new Southwest schedule. Up 41 flights YOY (5.1%) Up 104 flights over August 2017 (14.9%) 119 flights mon-fri +5 84 flights on Saturday +3 124 flights on Sunday +13 PNS sticks around longer than previous years https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1jVsFC9-qzHcHAozzPXF62B8kR087NAPf8alh3...

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by SWADawg
Thu Jan 31, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN schedule extension released through Oct 1, 2019
Replies: 33
Views: 4697

Re: WN schedule extension released through Oct 1, 2019

Not really since not much was added.

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by SWADawg
Mon Jan 28, 2019 10:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN livery repaints discussion thread
Replies: 255
Views: 50926

Re: WN livery repaints discussion thread

Supposedly 20 -700’s will be retired in 2019 according to Tammy Romo during the Q4 Earnings call. You can draw your own conclusions on which 20, but 700-720 would be as good a guess as any I suppose.

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by SWADawg
Thu Jan 24, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2019
Replies: 410
Views: 48403

Re: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2019

WN announced it's pulling out of MEX. but in a spin adding 25 more planes to 2019. Flyguy There's nothing new on the aircraft front. The net gain of 25 planes was already disclosed last year. The pullout of MEX is news though. Not a good sign IMO if WN expects to expand into Central and South Ameri...

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by SWADawg
Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can the secondary market absorb Jet Airways B737NG if they are repossessed?
Replies: 69
Views: 11545

Re: Can the secondary market absorb Jet Airways B737NG if they are repossessed?

Guys are we kidding? As long as the maintenance paperwork is in order, these will all be flying within 0-12 months. Oh and as long as there are no D checks due.... That being said, what are the odds WN will be looking at this frames if they are in proper order? U2 or FR? WN might be interested in t...

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by SWADawg
Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue does it need to be saved from its management?
Replies: 250
Views: 28227

Re: JetBlue does it need to be saved from its management?

But what would WN get with B6 other than more jets, gates and routes? Then would come the different a/c types, cabin mix, route approach, etc? Luckily WN has a stable management not obsessed with pleasing the growth of business at all costs Wall Street gods. It gets them MUCH bigger in the Northeas...

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by SWADawg
Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue does it need to be saved from its management?
Replies: 250
Views: 28227

Re: JetBlue does it need to be saved from its management?

JetBlue management is in a tough place. JetBlue was founded on the idea of being a better choice to the legacy carriers. B6 is not a large International carrier nor is it a ULCC. Wall Street is pressuring management to act more like a ULCC since the upside of premium cabin revenue is limited to wha...

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by SWADawg
Tue Jan 01, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does WN only fly the 737-700 into SNA?
Replies: 11
Views: 1685

Re: Why does WN only fly the 737-700 into SNA?

I believe that SNA slot allocations are limited by total number of seats per year. Since WN is already the largest slot holder at the Airport, they might go over the yearly seat allotment if they upguaged to -800’s since they seat 175 instead of 143 on the -700’s. I believe that is the primary reaso...

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by SWADawg
Sun Dec 30, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS expands presence at DAL
Replies: 228
Views: 30087

Re: AS expands presence at DAL

The real game changer would be Fort Worth opening Meacham to commercial service. ULCCs heading there and a possible Southwest sandwich would be very interesting. My wet dream would be UA heading back to Love with more service than IAH (hoping DEN also as Im both a WN employee with UA parents) but a...

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by SWADawg
Fri Dec 21, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Airlines Network Thread 2018
Replies: 613
Views: 76089

Re: Southwest Airlines Network Thread 2018

I'm showing 4x daily LGB-SJC starting 4/8/19 on the WN website. Wow! Very exciting. WN is really starting to put pressure on B6 at LGB. WN must be seeing something that I am not. btw, there is a cranky flier article on intra-cali fares which perfectly illustrate what I've been saying for a while no...

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by SWADawg
Thu Dec 20, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated - Southwest pulls out of Mexico City
Replies: 143
Views: 23465

Re: Southwest returns additional MEX slots to DOT

I think truth be told, just about every Airline including the US3 and Mexican Airlines are struggling to make any money out of MEX right now. I think the US3 are much more established and well known on the Mexico side than WN is though. This is one of the few times I will actually admit that WN prob...

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by SWADawg
Wed Dec 19, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN 8750 over pacific
Replies: 49
Views: 9616

Re: WN 8750 over pacific

Channeling my inner wnflyguy. Rumor is that it was either an FAA ETOPS Proving flight with a Directed Divert which is a requirement for ETOPS Certification or it was a Flight out to the FIR Boundary to test oceanic procedures with CPDLC and HF which is also ETOPS related with a scheduled return to O...

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by SWADawg
Wed Dec 19, 2018 4:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN 8750 over pacific
Replies: 49
Views: 9616

Re: WN 8750 over pacific

The BUR Aircraft was a -700, so that wouldn’t be it. I suppose it’s possibly related to ETOPS, but it really could be anything. It’s really hard to make an accurate assessment from a Flightradar24 radar plot.

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by SWADawg
Tue Dec 18, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SkyWest to sell ExpressJet
Replies: 67
Views: 10344

Re: SkyWest to sell ExpressJet

WooHoo! Congrats XJT! Finally out from under Skywest. Great day for the entire XJT Pilot group.

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by SWADawg
Fri Dec 14, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brazil: Foreign Ownership Limit of Airlines Eliminated
Replies: 53
Views: 7196

Re: Brazil: Foreign Ownership Limit of Airlines Eliminated

If this does go through, I could seriously see Southwest make a play for GOL as well. I know that Delta already owns part of it, but for the right price, I’m sure Delta would be willing to sell their share.

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by SWADawg
Sun Dec 09, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Airlines 150 Seat 737-700 Replacement Question, Status?
Replies: 143
Views: 15575

Re: Southwest Airlines 150 Seat 737-700 Replacement Question, Status?

WN is getting 7 MAX-7’s in 2019 and the remainder of their -7 order book around 2024 or so. There has been rumors flying around that WN might actually be considering the A220 as a -700 replacement. If they do end up ordering more MAX-7’s, they won’t makeup the same percentage of the total fleet that...

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by SWADawg
Wed Dec 05, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN-DL lawsuit takes turn, other airlines could enter DAL
Replies: 85
Views: 11435

Re: WN-DL lawsuit takes turn, other airlines could enter DAL

Yeah....you are NEVER going to get all 5 parties to agree to do that. You could probably get 2 of the 5, but that’s about it. Make no mistake, WN signed that 5 party agreement under duress. WN would have been better served by holding out and pushing for full repeal of the Wright Amendment, but they ...

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by SWADawg
Wed Dec 05, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN-DL lawsuit takes turn, other airlines could enter DAL
Replies: 85
Views: 11435

Re: WN-DL lawsuit takes turn, other airlines could enter DAL

Throw.....the.....gate.....cap.....out..... Seriously, pretty sure the 5 party agreement could be voided on antitrust grounds if a lawsuit was filed against it. In a lawsuit you have a plaintiff and a defendant. So who is the defendant? The U.S. Congress and the President? They voted to approve the...

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by SWADawg
Sat Dec 01, 2018 3:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Newly renovated terminal 1 at LAX unveiled
Replies: 54
Views: 11405

Re: Newly renovated terminal 1 at LAX unveiled

Now that Terminal 1 is finally done it’s just about time to break ground on Terminal 0. WN is already maxed out in Terminal 1 and needs the extra gate space badly.

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