Iloveboeing wrote:Lootess wrote:Southwest doesn't need Jetblue, unless they really want a JFK and LGB hub since those slots are limited. You never know, if Kelly and the gang decide to change course. Airtran wasn't really necessary either. But it would be wise to look into Airbus, because we don't know if the MAX will be successful at this point, the problems are still dangling over the program until it's proven. Then you have leverage as well, and they can certainly start with more appropriate planes for transcon and Hawaii.Aceskywalker wrote:WN should aggressively pursue Airbus aircraft. While they’re at it, they can help weather the MAX storm by implementing cost cutting measures like reduce free bags to one.
I agree. That's what Delta did first, dropped to one free domestic before the shoe dropped on the other foot.
If anything that'll help their bottom line a little more, because they really can't lose another year without the MAX. The bag fee debate is so muted nowadays because the legacies offer a free bag on every trip if you have their credit card.
I disagree. WN should keep the two bags fly free. They offer a good service for a fair price. B6 led the latest bag fee increase, betraying David Neeleman's vision for "bringing humanity back to air travel."
I think WN should buy B6, eliminate the oppressive bag fees for the first two bags, operate the A320 family and also order A220s, as has been suggested. I love Boeing with all of my heart, but they need to either get the MAX right and/or come up with something else.
This thread is far from the best place to discuss this, but one can argue that the 2 free bags leads to induced demand, leading to fuller and heavier airplanes in the hold. WN dropping to one free checked bag, or falling in line with virtually the rest of the domestic flights with paid bags would A) bring in extra revenue source, B) reduce weight in aircraft, and C) allow WN to reduce the amount of baggage handing personnel and equipment. Loyal WN customers will also likely own one of their cobranded credit cards like the person you quoted mentioned, partially negating it.
And WN's prices at this point in their history are similar to legacy carriers.