Guess now that all the other A-netters from MKE
have weighed in, it should be my turn.
The bad rap FL
is getting on this group and local MKE
media is downright outrageous! One local radio talkshow host called Airtran "a pile of crap" this after admitting he has only ever flown Airtran for one leg. Are kidding me?
The cheerleading I'm hearing about YX
is incredible, you would think YX
is the second coming of Christ! Sure I fly YX
whenever possible from MKE
primarily based upon non-stop flights, not the cookies, leather seats or footrests. And all of you YX
cool-aid drinkers who rave about the level of service they provide must have had vastly different crews then I have had. Frankly I can't say I have ever had a standout service moment that would be so memorable that it sticks in my memory.
Other then the non-stop flights they offer the only other item that sticks in my mind is the continued raping my me and my company on the outrageous fares they insist on charging us for last minute flights to CLE
and others. We are not talking $50 or $100 here, the last rape was $900 vs. $200 (MDW
) on a MKE
run last week!
Trust me, I am not supporting this merger just because I am hoping for cheaper fares. I truly believe this would provide security to maintain the high level of service MKE
currently enjoys. Especially in this new age of the mega-merger airlines we will see in 2007. Grow or Die!
Another grousing point is the loss of "Signature Service", that writing has been on the wall for sometime now, with arrival of the 73G/320 fleet that will be in a enhanced 2-class configuration. Come now or later, "Signature Service" will become "Signature Class". Like it or not!
As for the level of service operating from MKE
, Airtran would be foolish to give away the 50%+ marketshare YX
has worked so hard to grow. If anything I expect a strong growth especially for Skyway (feed options to BWI
are not out of the question).
As for the financials of this deal, I think this deal will ultimately be completed in the ~$15-$20 range. (I do not hold YX
or any airline stock).