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by WNfan
Thu Aug 07, 2003 12:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airports Without Jetways?
Replies: 89
Views: 11602

RE: Airports Without Jetways?

KOA doesn't have any. But it was actually nice because we boarded the rear door of a 737-800 for our flight to OAK, the boarding was faster with a second set of stairs.

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by WNfan
Thu Aug 07, 2003 4:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Flew MSY-LGB Today
Replies: 3
Views: 2731

RE: JetBlue Flew MSY-LGB Today

What is "rlm"?

And what is "pns"? At first I thought Pensacola Naval air Station, but I don't think that's it.

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by WNfan
Wed Aug 06, 2003 11:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Two Travel Questions. Please Help
Replies: 4
Views: 3261

RE: Two Travel Questions. Please Help

You're allowed two carry-on items: One that can go in the overhead bins and one for under the seat in front of you.

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by WNfan
Wed Aug 06, 2003 11:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest @ DEN?
Replies: 32
Views: 3260

RE: Southwest @ DEN?

Southwest also served Detroit's City airport. A pilot once told me that the runway is very short and that the city had promised to lengthen it, but never did, so Southwest pulled out.

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by WNfan
Wed Aug 06, 2003 3:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Do You Keep Anything From A Flight?
Replies: 33
Views: 4242

RE: Do You Keep Anything From A Flight?

I really can't believe you people. Keeping aircraft safety cards??? Come on. What if there's an emergency on a subsequent flight and some passenger looks for the card to see what to do in case of an emergency. Do you really need that? My gosh. Magazines, I'd rather leave those for the next passenger...

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by WNfan
Wed Aug 06, 2003 4:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATA - Negative Ads At MDW
Replies: 50
Views: 5770

RE: ATA - Negative Ads At MDW

The term "cattle call" has bothered me ever since I first heard it. Southwest boards pre-boarding passengers, then groups A, B, and C. ATA and all other carriers with assigned seating board pre-boarders, then back rows, then middle rows, then forward rows. What's the difference?

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by WNfan
Wed Aug 06, 2003 12:43 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Trip Report - BNA-MCI Southwest
Replies: 22
Views: 4914

RE: Trip Report - BNA-MCI Southwest

Goingboeing, Thanks for the <acronym title="Kansas City - International (MCI / KMCI), USA - Missouri">MCI</acronym> information. On my first visit there, I remember deplaning to change to a flight to <acronym title="Las Vegas - McCarran International (LAS / KLAS), USA - Nevada">LAS</acronym>, and lo...

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by WNfan
Tue Aug 05, 2003 2:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATA - Negative Ads At MDW
Replies: 50
Views: 5770

RE: ATA - Negative Ads At MDW

To answer ZID's question, I pick on ATA because it seems like they have a little-brother syndrome. I think both airlines are doing Chicago travelers, and airline customers of the entire country, a great service by providing flights to many destinations at reasonable prices, and by keeping the legacy...

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by WNfan
Tue Aug 05, 2003 2:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The New National's Bankruptcy
Replies: 24
Views: 3657

RE: The New National's Bankruptcy

In August 2000 my coworker and I had to fly to San Francisco for a meeting. We hadn't booked a flight in advance, so being the junior member of the team I was tasked with finding a good deal. (It's a task that I rather enjoy, actually.) <acronym title="Southwest Airlines (USA)">WN</acronym> didn't h...

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by WNfan
Tue Aug 05, 2003 2:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATA - Negative Ads At MDW
Replies: 50
Views: 5770

RE: ATA - Negative Ads At MDW

Okay, I've sensed the collective opinion here, and it seems to be a gloves-off attitude. That's fine, and I'm sure that Southwest can handle it if they want to play that way. The "No ifs, ands, or props" ad, that sounds familiar but I don't recall it in particular. But it's cute and it says somethin...

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by WNfan
Tue Aug 05, 2003 8:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Best Airline Ad
Replies: 27
Views: 5630

RE: Best Airline Ad

I particularly like the Southwest ad for flights to the Boston area (via <acronym title="Providence - Theodore Francis Green State (PVD / KPVD), USA - Rhode Island">PVD</acronym> and <acronym title="Manchester (MHT / KMHT), USA - New Hampshire">MHT</acronym>) where they have people practicing a Bost...

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by WNfan
Tue Aug 05, 2003 7:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Capps II
Replies: 1
Views: 1533

RE: Capps II

This is an absolutely pernicious program.

Maybe our next step should be to take every newborn at the hospital and tatoo a barcode on the forehead. We could call it a "freedom tattoo".

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by WNfan
Tue Aug 05, 2003 6:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATA - Negative Ads At MDW
Replies: 50
Views: 5770

ATA - Negative Ads At MDW

Walking from the gate to the terminal after my flight last night at <acronym title="Chicago - Midway (MDW / KMDW), USA - Illinois">MDW</acronym>, I passed a placard ad in the pedestrian tunnel over Cicero Avenue on the south side of the tunnel. It was an ATA ad that said "ATA -- non-stops, not nine ...

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by WNfan
Tue Aug 05, 2003 12:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bruce Dickenson
Replies: 14
Views: 2408

RE: Bruce Dickenson

While bassist Steve Harris does most of the songwriting, Dickinson is credited solely on "Revelations", the second track on Piece of Mind. I enjoy that one immensely, and during a tour in the 80s Dickinson would come out and play guitar for a little stretch of the song. Back then it was just Adrian ...

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by WNfan
Mon Aug 04, 2003 2:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bruce Dickenson
Replies: 14
Views: 2408

RE: Bruce Dickenson

Wow, I had no idea about this. I'm going to an Iron Maiden show this Sunday night in suburban Chicago. Does Dickinson live in Iceland? I've enjoyed those guys for 20 years now and they still rock very hard. Thanks for the information about Dickinson being a pilot -- if anyone has more information, p...

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by WNfan
Mon Aug 04, 2003 2:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sydney Observation Deck And Bar
Replies: 16
Views: 3676

RE: Sydney Observation Deck And Bar

Is that AUD 8 for a glass of white wine? If so, that is USD 5.21, which is comparable to what you'll pay in a US airport without a view of the airfield. I'm eager to visit Australia (and the Syndey airport), as you seem to have a great culture, a wonderful society, and an amazing continent. (Don't c...

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by WNfan
Mon Aug 04, 2003 2:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hub And Spoke Vs. Southwest Style
Replies: 11
Views: 6579

RE: Hub And Spoke Vs. Southwest Style

In addition to hub-and-spoke, I think just keeping their planes in the air more hours of the day is a big part of their success. Turning around a plane in 30 minutes is, in my opinion, is what does the trick for them. jetBlue also is making a profit, and since they have red-eye flights, their aircra...

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by WNfan
Sat Aug 02, 2003 5:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Who Lets You Smoke
Replies: 16
Views: 2635

RE: Who Lets You Smoke

I saw Alitalia and had to look it up. They do not allow smoking, in fact. I'm glad to hear it as they have a non-stop from <acronym title="Chicago - O'Hare International (ORD / KORD), USA - Illinois">ORD</acronym> to <acronym title="Milan - Malpensa (MXP / LIMC), Italy">MXP</acronym> that I wouldn't...

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by WNfan
Sat Aug 02, 2003 1:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UAL Loses $623M In 2nd Quarter
Replies: 110
Views: 9496

RE: UAL Loses $623M In 2nd Quarter

What will happen to Mileage Plus miles if UA ceases operation? I have almost 50,000 and was hoping to go to Europe next summer on them.

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by WNfan
Sat Aug 02, 2003 1:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Frontier To Resume DEN-STL Nov 1
Replies: 15
Views: 2734

RE: Frontier To Resume DEN-STL Nov 1

Excellent news for folks in St Louis and for Frontier Airlines. Well done and I hope Frontier's efforts are successful. And they put flight times in the press release. That's awesome. Anyone at <acronym title="American Trans Air (USA)">TZ</acronym> paying attention? They put out five press releases ...

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by WNfan
Sat Aug 02, 2003 1:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UAL Loses $623M In 2nd Quarter
Replies: 110
Views: 9496

RE: UAL Loses $623M In 2nd Quarter

When I ponder the future, I start by considering the past.

When I ponder United's future, three airlines come to mind: Braniff, Eastern, and Pan Am.

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by WNfan
Fri Aug 01, 2003 10:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Who Lets You Smoke
Replies: 16
Views: 2635

RE: Who Lets You Smoke

It's hard to believe that only ten years ago one could smoke on a domestic flight over two hours in length. Maybe ten years from now it will be difficult to believe that you could smoke indoors at a restaurant ten years prior. I love to visit California, and non-smoking bars is the number one reason.

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by WNfan
Fri Aug 01, 2003 6:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Do They Dim The Lights On T/o And Landing
Replies: 12
Views: 6754

RE: Why Do They Dim The Lights On T/o And Landing

I've noticed that ATA FAs ask passengers to raise their window screens upon landing, while Southwest FAs do not. Is it an FAA rule, or can this be enforced differently by carrier?

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by WNfan
Fri Aug 01, 2003 6:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Overbooked?
Replies: 8
Views: 1934

RE: Overbooked?

Is this information available to the public? I sure wouldn't mind being able to look up similar data for other flights.

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by WNfan
Fri Aug 01, 2003 2:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LA Area To New York: Suggestions?
Replies: 49
Views: 4386

RE: LA Area To New York: Suggestions?

I'm itching to fly jetBlue, and the idea of having live TV on a new all-leather A320 is exciting to me. Plus they are the fare leader in the market. I wish I were in your shoes so I could try jetBlue.

Good luck and enjoy your trip.

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by WNfan
Thu Jul 31, 2003 11:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which Other Ailrine Besides WN Will Fly St. Louis?
Replies: 9
Views: 3081

RE: Which Other Ailrine Besides WN Will Fly St. Louis?

The new runway project is fully underway. West of the airport it's a complete mess. Backhoes and bulldozers are in great abundance moving earth all over the place to put the tunnel for Lindbergh that will be under the new runway. I don't know if they can reasonably stop or not. I fly <acronym title=...

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by WNfan
Thu Jul 31, 2003 1:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jumbo's Are 747's Only!
Replies: 41
Views: 4119

RE: Jumbo's Are 747's Only!

What is the threshold for aircraft to identify themselves as "heavy"? I would think that any "heavy" aircraft could also be called "jumbo".

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by WNfan
Thu Jul 31, 2003 1:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hassled While Spotting At ORD.
Replies: 8
Views: 3774

Hassled While Spotting At ORD.

On Saturday, July 19 my wife and I enjoyed watching and photographing aircraft at O'Hare. We went to St Johannes Cemetery, which has a great view of aircraft landing on <acronym title="Rwanda Airlines">9R</acronym>, except for the two big fences that make photography difficult. After about an hour o...

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by WNfan
Thu Jul 31, 2003 1:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tallest Airport In The World
Replies: 16
Views: 6453

RE: Tallest Airport In The World

I've heard that for most airliners to land at La Paz, they have to be adjusted for the low air pressure, as the oxygen masks will deploy for most aircraft at 13,000 feet. Has anyone else heard the same, or can anyone provide confirmation? I've never been to South America but I certainly would like t...

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by WNfan
Thu Jul 31, 2003 1:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tell Me Who Hates 737 Winglets
Replies: 25
Views: 3133

RE: Tell Me Who Hates 737 Winglets

I don't care how they look. If winglets increase range, improve fuel consumption, and allow planes to lift faster after take-off, thereby reducing noise pollution, then I like them very much.

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by WNfan
Wed Jul 30, 2003 3:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Terror Alert Expected To Be Elevated
Replies: 24
Views: 3331

RE: Terror Alert Expected To Be Elevated

This "alert" is from the same crowd that wanted us to buy a bunch of duct tape a few months ago to protect our houses from biological warfare. Keep that in mind when considering their warnings. Also, as others above have noted, a duplicate replay of the events of 11 September 2001 is very unlikely. ...

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by WNfan
Wed Jul 30, 2003 2:37 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Trip Report - BNA-MCI Southwest
Replies: 22
Views: 4914

RE: Trip Report - BNA-MCI Southwest

Personally, I think low fares are good on any day. And when the money comes out of your own pocket, you'll learn to pinch pennies a bit more. I know I did. As for <acronym title="Kansas City - International (MCI / KMCI), USA - Missouri">MCI</acronym>, well, the airport was designed and built in a di...

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by WNfan
Wed Jul 30, 2003 2:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATA Expansion, #1 In MDW
Replies: 47
Views: 4494

RE: ATA Expansion, #1 In MDW

Sounds like ATA is hurting. Conversely, Southwest has $2.2 billion cash-on-hand and another $570 million in credit. Maybe by 2010 Southwest will have 90% of <acronym title="Chicago - Midway (MDW / KMDW), USA - Illinois">MDW</acronym> traffic... Just a guess. For now, this <acronym title="Southwest A...

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by WNfan
Wed Jul 30, 2003 2:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Comments About Hawaiian Air
Replies: 11
Views: 3034

RE: Comments About Hawaiian Air

They are in bankruptcy protection, I believe, and are losing lots of money. My suggestion would be to fly them while you can.

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by WNfan
Tue Jul 29, 2003 1:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Best Airport For Spotting Is............?
Replies: 35
Views: 6104

RE: Best Airport For Spotting Is............?

What particular place at <acronym title="Chicago - Midway (MDW / KMDW), USA - Illinois">MDW</acronym> would you recommend? I drove around looking for somewhere to watch and didn't find any places that I would consider awesome. The tavern Baby Dolls at around 65th and Central was good but the airport...

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by WNfan
Tue Jul 29, 2003 8:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATA Expansion, #1 In MDW
Replies: 47
Views: 4494

RE: ATA Expansion, #1 In MDW

The gates total is currently a very fluid number with the construction going on. I got an email from Southwest that they'll be evacuating the old F concourse forever this week on August 1, moving all operations to the new B concourse. I believe ATA will be gaining several new gates next year when A ...

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by WNfan
Tue Jul 29, 2003 6:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATA Launches Twice Daily EWR-SFO Flights
Replies: 17
Views: 3147

RE: ATA Launches Twice Daily EWR-SFO Flights

CO and <acronym title="United Airlines (USA)">UA</acronym> will match the <acronym title="American Trans Air (USA)">TZ</acronym> fares, unfortunately. Their pattern has been to rip-off customers until a discounter comes in to keep them honest. Look for their fares to drop the very day that <acronym ...

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by WNfan
Tue Jul 29, 2003 5:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATA Expansion, #1 In MDW
Replies: 47
Views: 4494

RE: ATA Expansion, #1 In MDW

The reason I have so much free time is that I book my flights on Southwest's web page. It's much faster and easier than anyone else's, and I don't have to pick a seat either. At ata.com I tried the little calendar button just now, and I'll admit, it's handy and does provide the year for you. If you'...

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by WNfan
Tue Jul 29, 2003 4:22 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Southwest BWI-CMH And Back 7-03- Long
Replies: 6
Views: 3694

RE: Southwest BWI-CMH And Back 7-03- Long

I'm glad that your trip went well, and that you enjoyed Southwest's service. I've never had a captain come out with a weather chart before, that's super-cool. Southwest's primary competitor is the automobile; and by providing non-stop, point-to-point flights at low fares, they kept you off the road ...

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by WNfan
Tue Jul 29, 2003 4:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATA Expansion, #1 In MDW
Replies: 47
Views: 4494

RE: ATA Expansion, #1 In MDW

I think the <acronym title="Philippine Airlines">PR</acronym> folks at ATA have been reading the classic book "How to Lie With Statistics" by Darrell Huff. I continue to believe that <acronym title="Southwest Airlines (USA)">WN</acronym> is the larger carrier at <acronym title="Chicago - Midway (MDW...

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by WNfan
Mon Jul 28, 2003 11:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Schedule For WN Chat?
Replies: 7
Views: 2174

RE: Schedule For WN Chat?

I'm game too. Wednesdays at 8pm CT sounds good to me as well. I attend a municipal meeting on the second Wednesday of each month, but the others should be open for me on a regular basis.

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by WNfan
Sat Jul 26, 2003 2:20 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Trip Report - BNA-MCI Southwest
Replies: 22
Views: 4914

RE: Trip Report - BNA-MCI Southwest

Every time I have asked a flight attendant for a whole can of soda, my request has been honored. Just ask. And you'll want a full cup of ice too to melt the warm soda. You can also ask for a second cup of ice if you really like your pop as cold as can be. Sometimes I even get a complimentary alcohol...

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by WNfan
Fri Jul 25, 2003 11:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Happened To Reno Air
Replies: 13
Views: 3599

RE: What Happened To Reno Air

There was also a fight among AA pilots. They didn't want Reno Air pilots to get seniority, and there was a work slowdown but not quite a stoppage, as I recall. I'm sure others can elaborate.

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by WNfan
Fri Jul 25, 2003 11:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Or ATA..........whos Better?
Replies: 42
Views: 4494

RE: Southwest Or ATA..........whos Better?

The official Midway site is at the Chicago Department of Aviation's web page. Naturally, they registered www.ohare.com as their main site, seeing as how <acronym title="Chicago - O'Hare International (ORD / KORD), USA - Illinois">ORD</acronym> is the busier of the city's three, now two, airports. (A...

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by WNfan
Fri Jul 25, 2003 9:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Or ATA..........whos Better?
Replies: 42
Views: 4494

RE: Southwest Or ATA..........whos Better?

*sigh* Fly_ATA's unsubstantiated claims required me to do the research. Take at look at http://www.ohare.com/doa/avi_news/2001annual.pdf and you'll see these numbers for 2001 out of <acronym title="Chicago - Midway (MDW / KMDW), USA - Illinois">MDW</acronym>, at the bottom of Page 13: Southwest 6,85...

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by WNfan
Fri Jul 25, 2003 6:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Or ATA..........whos Better?
Replies: 42
Views: 4494

RE: Southwest Or ATA..........whos Better?

First, regarding the number of passengers departing <acronym title="Chicago - Midway (MDW / KMDW), USA - Illinois">MDW</acronym> on <acronym title="Southwest Airlines (USA)">WN</acronym> or <acronym title="American Trans Air (USA)">TZ</acronym>. I think it's clear that Southwest has more passengers,...

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by WNfan
Fri Jul 25, 2003 4:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Airlines Not Online
Replies: 12
Views: 2971

RE: Southwest Airlines Not Online

Southwest was the first major airline in the US to go online in 1995. I've read that currently over 50% of their sales occur through their web page. Personally, I think it's very easy to use, and I use it often. They also continually tweak it; for example, they added a "change itinerary" feature did...

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by WNfan
Fri Jul 25, 2003 4:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Or ATA..........whos Better?
Replies: 42
Views: 4494

RE: Southwest Or ATA..........whos Better?

Southwest has 132 daily departures from <acronym title="Chicago - Midway (MDW / KMDW), USA - Illinois">MDW</acronym> to these locations non-stop: Albuquerque, Baltimore-Washington, Birmingham, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit Metro, Fort Lauderdale, Hartford, Houston Hobby, Indianapolis, Jackson <acrony...

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