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Old October 8th, 2010, 01:03 AM   #721
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Why they didn't keep the airline name as Continental? I loved continental the service was great... I Flight twice to Europe in Continental once to Rome and then to CDG and both time the travel was great... I still use continental a lot when I travel to the US or Copa within Central America (similar service as continental) I never like UNITED... well such a shame... I guess MKT gurus should have found the United must be a strong brand...
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Old October 8th, 2010, 07:55 PM   #722
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Because outside the US United by far is the better known brand. The remaining Continental part will be the livery and the globe, whilst their won't remain anything of the United livery. Sadly, in my eyes, because I like the current United paint scheme and the tulip and don't like the thought of this disappearing completely.

A better compromise would be this livery:

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Old October 9th, 2010, 12:10 AM   #723
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Here some old news but new on this thread.

Notfor sale,' AirTran CEO initially told Southwest

Courtesy of AirTranSouthwest's deal to acquire AirTran played out over nearly half a year and involved professional football codenames to help keep the details secret.

That's according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which offers both a recap of the moves that led up to the deal and a Q&A on the subject with current AirTran CEO Bob Fornaro.

The newspaper says the effort got off the ground in April when Southwest CEO Gary Kelly phoned Fornaro to see if he'd be open to an offer. Fornaro initially told him AirTran wasn't up for sale, but that he'd listen to what Kelly had to say.

By the end of September, a deal was announced.

During the process that led up to that deal, Dallas-based Southwest went by the codename "Cowboy" and Atlanta-hubbed AirTran went by "Falcon." Those names were in reference to the respective National Football League teams that play in each of those cities, according to the Journal-Constitution.

Elsewhere, Journal-Constitution reporter Kelly Yamanouchi posed several questions to Fornaro for the paper's Q&A. In one of the questions, Yamanouchi asks Fornaro what he'd say to loyal AirTran customers who have grown fond of AirTran's product and might be reluctant to switch to Southwest. In particular, she noted some of those customers might miss AirTran's business-class seating.

Fornaro's answer: "We're going to have to work on all those things. I think it most likely will be an all-coach airline. Certainly the business class was something what distinguished us, but at the same time part of what makes an airline is attitude. There'll be some trade-offs. One thing Southwest does is run more frequencies in more places."

Among the other questions, Yamanouchi asked Fornaro what AirTran really wanted in the deal and whether there were any other bidders for the low-cost carrier. See the answers to those questions -- and others -- in the Journal-Constitution's Q&A.
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Old October 9th, 2010, 10:35 AM   #724
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Because outside the US United by far is the better known brand. The remaining Continental part will be the livery and the globe, whilst their won't remain anything of the United livery. Sadly, in my eyes, because I like the current United paint scheme and the tulip and don't like the thought of this disappearing completely.

A better compromise would be this livery:

by user Airport from airliners.net
Yeah, the darker colors add more emphasis and elegance to the livery. You can even use the blue colors on the underside of the UA planes, but IMO not the gray one. The current one seems so bland.
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Old October 11th, 2010, 05:14 AM   #725
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United's livery was much better than this one that they're going to put on all planes.
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Old October 12th, 2010, 04:25 AM   #726
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Southwest to add flights from Nashville to Seattle, San Diego


The airline also plans to expand several routes and drop some flights, according to a news release from the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority.

The changes begin in March with additional flights to Denver, Jacksonville, Las Vegas and Chicago.

In late April, new seasonal flights to San Diego, Kansas City, Providence and Seattle begin; and the number of flights to Fort Myers, Fla., and Phoenix will be reduced.

Dallas-based Southwest, which already carries about half of the total passenger volume from Nashville International Airport, last month announced plans to buy low-cost rival AirTran for 1.4 billion dollars.

Good news if your flying form these cites to Nashville
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Old October 19th, 2010, 06:57 PM   #727
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Delta Air says will add 1,000 flight attendants

ATLANTA, Oct 15 (Reuters) - Delta Air Lines Inc said on Friday it would add 1,000 flight attendants through a combination of new hires and recalls of furloughed workers for international assignments.

Delta spokesman Morgan Durrant said the carrier needed flight attendants fluent in languages such as Japanese and Mandarin. He said they were expected to be working by the middle of 2011.

Delta, based in Atlanta, Georgia, has about 20,000 flight attendants. An election is underway to determine if they will be represented by the Association of Flight Attendants union.

Last week, AMR Corp's American Airlines said it would bring back nearly 800 furloughed flight attendants and pilots to handle network expansion on international routes.
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Old October 22nd, 2010, 04:09 AM   #728
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Sorry for the delay. Ben waiting for some news from southwest and here is some big news.

Southwest reports profit, calls outlook 'excellent'

Southwest become the latest carrier to report a healthy profit for the third quarter, announcing today it earned $205 million during the July-through-September quarter. The topped analysts' per-share projection by a penny, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Southwest also offered optimistic guidance going forward.

RELATED: Southwest to fly 7 times a day from Charleston, Greenville/Spartanburg

"Our outlook for October is excellent, based on traffic and revenue trends, thus far," Southwest CEO Gary Kelly says in a press release. "We are encouraged by the sustained momentum, especially in what is typically a seasonally weaker travel period. Assuming traffic and revenue trends continue, we expect a solid unit revenue improvement in fourth quarter 2010, even with more difficult year-over-year comparisons."

Still, The Associated Press notes "while [the airline's] revenue is rising, Southwest faces a challenge in controlling costs. Its cost for each mile flown rose more than 7% in the third quarter, partly due to losses from fuel-hedging contracts, and the company expects fourth-quarter costs to rise too. Southwest flies only within the lower 48 states, which means it isn't benefiting from the sharp increase in international travel."

Of course, Southwest would begin flying internationally if its acquisition of AirTran is approved first by shareholders and then by federal regulators.

Kelly indicated that the airline is prepared for the deal, and -- again -- painted a rosy picture going forward.

"Our profit outlook for this year is healthy, with a steadfast focus on growing revenues to offset cost inflation and adjust to higher energy prices," Kelly says in the release. "Our liquidity and balance sheet remain strong. As a result, we believe we are well prepared for the AirTran transaction and believe it will generate very handsome returns, based on the expected synergies and profits.

Kelly adds: "We are committed to reaching our financial targets before returning to any significant level of fleet growth. Absent the proposed AirTran acquisition, we have no plans to grow our fleet for the next several years. However, based on current operations, the acquisition would immediately grow Southwest by approximately 25%, and our complementary networks would provide the ability to expand in a number of markets. We are very excited about the opportunity the acquisition provides to profitably restart our growth and spread our low fares farther."
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Old October 22nd, 2010, 04:10 AM   #729
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Great news for these cities.

Southwest to fly 7 times a day from Charleston, Greenville/SpartanburgComments 21

Southwest has announced its flight schedules for its new service to two South Carolina airports.

The carrier will begin flying to both Charleston and Greenville-Spartanburg on March 13, starting with seven daily round-trip flights at each airport.

From Charleston International, Southwest plans to fly three-times daily to Baltimore/Washington, twice to Chicago Midway and once-daily to Nashville and Houston Hobby.

From Greenville-Spartanburg International, Southwest will fly twice-daily to both BWI and Chicago Midway and once-daily to Orlando, Houston Hobby and Nashville.

To promote its new service, Southwest announced "a special two-day fare sale" from the cities with fares that start as low as $30 each way (plus taxes and fees). Check out the details on other fine print of that sale on the airline's website.

On its Nuts About Southwest blog, the carrier says: "Including direct and connecting service, We're going to be offering service between Charleston and 65 Southwest cities, and between Greenville/Spartanburg and 68 SWA airports!"

Southwest Airlines is set to announce its South Carolina routes and flight schedules today. The Post and Courier of Charleston says the airline will reveal that information today, revealing its expansion plans for both the Charleston and Greenville/Spartanburg airports. WYFF TV of Greenville says a press conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. ET.
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Old October 22nd, 2010, 04:23 AM   #730
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Thank you for the updates on Southwest!

They dominate nearly all of terminal one of SAN.
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Old October 22nd, 2010, 06:18 PM   #731
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Delta starts Detroit-Sao Paulo flights twice a week, increasing during Brazil's tourist season
22 October 2010

DETROIT (AP) - Delta Air Lines Inc. said it will begin nonstop flights Thursday between Detroit and Brazil's largest city, Sao Paulo.

The first flight is scheduled to leave Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport on Thursday night and arrive in Brazil on Friday morning.

The airline said it will operate two flights a week on the route through Dec. 15, then go to five times a week during the Brazilian tourist season.
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Old October 28th, 2010, 04:18 AM   #732
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Here is some news for you low fare lovers.

Southwest Airlines has put all of its plane tickets on sale. Example: Flights of up to 900 miles to your destination and back are selling for $60, plus taxes. Book by midnight Thursday EST.

For the next three days, you can score some of our most "spooktacular" air fare deals of the year for travel December 1 to December 15, 2010, and January 4 to February 16, 2011.
You haven't seen a ghost–these fares are 100 percent legit. Travel valid every day except Sunday. Book via southwest.com.

Simple-and-easy Southwest sales often leads to matches by the major airlines.

So today and tomorrow are especially good days to buy plane tickets, even if you don't like Southwest.
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Old October 28th, 2010, 04:21 AM   #733
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Delta adds flights to Salt Lake City as Southwest throttles back

The No. 1 airline at Salt Lake City International Airport is beefing up its flights while the No. 2 carrier has been trimming service.

Over the past two years, Delta Air Lines departures have increased 9 percent. During the same time, Southwest Airlines has cut flights by 21 percent, according to scheduling data from the OAG-Official Airline Guide.

The differing paths of Delta and Southwest came up during an earnings conference call last week, when Delta CEO Richard Anderson was asked how the airline would protect its hometown Atlanta hub after Southwest buys AirTran, whose principal hub also is Atlanta.

Anderson said Delta has successfully competed against Southwest at airports across the U.S., and he held up its Salt Lake City hub as an example.

“If you look at our competing against Southwest in Salt Lake City, [Southwest’s capacity is] down 11 percent in the last 12 months, and we’re up a bit,” Anderson said. Airlines reduce capacity by cutting flights or replacing a big plane with a smaller one.

In the year that ended Aug. 31, the number of Delta flights arriving at Salt Lake City’s airport was up 4.4 percent, according to the Department of Transportation.

Over the past two years, Delta has started nonstop flights from Salt Lake City to Paris and Tokyo. It also has added routes to numerous business markets, including Memphis, Indianapolis and Nashville, spokesman Kent Lander said Tuesday.

By contrast, Southwest has dropped St. Louis and Spokane. It will cut the number of daily flights to Las Vegas next month. But the discount carrier also added flights to Denver.

“This is really reflective of our optimizing our schedule [in several markets], culling flights that were unproductive, flights that our customers were telling us that they weren’t finding useful,” said spokesman Brad Hawkins.

“It certainly does not indicate a lesser emphasis on the Salt Lake market or any other market,” Hawkins said.

Airlines are constantly reshaping their service at the Salt Lake airport, but the variety of flights available to travelers remains high, said spokeswoman Barbara Gann.

“It’s extraordinary to have seven other airlines that compete in a market with a major hub carrier like Delta Air Lines,” she said.
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Old October 28th, 2010, 04:24 AM   #734
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Southwest Posts 3rd Quater Profit

Southwest Airlines became one of many airlines to report a profit for the 3rd quarter due to a recovery in travel demand. The airline posted $205 million in earnings for the period, with a revenue of $3.19 billion. These are better figures than analysts predicted.

The carrier also said that traffic was up about 5%, while the cost for each mile flown increased over 7% due to fuel-hedging losses. With the average fare increasing, the airline faces controlling costs.

Southwest Airlines chief executive Gary Kelly is optimistic about the company going forward. He says that their outlook for this month is excellent, which is based on revenue and traffic trends so far. They are encouraged by the continued momentum, particularly since this period of time is usually weaker for travel, he explained. They predict a solid unit revenue improvement for the next quarter, he added, even though the year-over-year comparisons are more difficult.

This comes after the airline was revealed to be in a deal to acquire AirTran Airways. This still has to be approved by shareholders and federal regulators, but Kelly says they are prepared. They have a focus on growing revenues to offset cost inflation and adjust to higher prices on energy. Their liquidity and balance sheet are also strong, he added, and it’s because of this that they believe they are ready for the acquisition, believing it will generate great returns.

Kelly also said that Southwest Airlines is committed to achieving their financial targets before growing their fleet significantly. Aside from the proposed acquisition, he continued, they have no plans to increase their number of aircraft for many years. However, if the acquisition is approved, their fleet would grow by about 25%.
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News for Newark routes for Southwest airlines:
six flights to Chicago Midway and two to St. Louis.


Atlanta could quickly become Southwest's biggest city

Southwest Airlines execs Thursday have talked a lot - and been asked a lot - about what impact the AirTran Airways acquisition will have on Southwest.

One interesting point: Southwest says that Atlanta in a few years could become the largest airport in the Southwest system.

At present, the biggest Southwest city is Las Vegas, which has 224 daily departures. AirTran already has just over 200 departures from Atlanta.

It wouldn't take many more flights to many more cities to put Atlanta at the top for Southwest.

Southwest executive vice president Bob Jordan said Southwest could offer two dozen new destinations out of Atlanta to cities that Southwest serves now and that AirTran doesn't fly to from Atlanta.

Jordan said Southwest also expects to churn up a lot more traffic when it enters Atlanta and connects to non-AirTran cities.

"We have the opportunity to drop those fares 40 percent," Jordan said. "It's almost a no-lose if you can go into a market with a great producte and stimulate traffic."

Southwest chairman and chief executive officer Gary Kelly also announced that Southwest will launch its Newark , N.J., flights March 27 with six flights to Chicago Midway and two to St. Louis.

That uses about half the slots that Southwest has at Newark, so expect more announcements for more service out of there in 2011, Kelly said.
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Old October 29th, 2010, 10:18 AM   #736
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Old October 30th, 2010, 02:23 AM   #738
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Atlanta: Southwest's next top city?

Atlanta has long been one of the most glaring omissions from Southwest's route network. But now one official at the airline say it could soon be the carrier's busiest city.

"It could turn out to be that Atlanta is the largest city in the Southwest network in a reasonable amount of time," Bob Jordan, Southwest's executive vice president of strategy and planning, is quoted as saying by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

That would come, of course, after Southwest completes its acquisition of AirTran, which has its largest hub at Atlanta. The merger still must be approved by shareholders and regulators, though neither is thought likely to thwart the merger.

Jordan adds he thinks -- eventually -- Southwest could add "well more than the 202" daily flights currently on AirTran's Atlanta schedule. The Associated Press writes Jordan said "Southwest will augment AirTran's Atlanta service with flights to 20 or more cities where AirTran doesn't fly." Presumably, that would include multiple daily flights on each of those routes.

The Journal-Constitution notes "Las Vegas is now Southwest's biggest city, with 224 daily flights. But even if Southwest adds enough flights to make Atlanta its largest operation, it might still not be as big as AirTran was before cutbacks [in Atlanta] in 2008."

Either way, AP writes Southwest CEO Garry Kelly "was bit more guarded" about Atlanta. Kelly is quoted by the news agency as saying he wasn't ready to predict that Atlanta will surpass Las Vegas and Chicago on the Southwest schedule, though he added: "I think that's a fair guess."

However, there are some skeptics on the idea of Southwest growing so rapidly in Atlanta. One of those is analyst Mike Boyd.

The Dallas Morning News writes: "Speaking at his Boyd Group International's annual outlook conference, Boyd scoffed at suggestions that the arrival of Southwest would force Delta into widespread fare-cutting in order to compete."

"I give them [Southwest] much credit. But the fact is we've already had the AirTran effect," he's quoted as saying by the Morning News.

In other announcements made by Southwest Thursday, the carrier announced it would begin its long-discussed codesharing partnership with Mexican low-cost carrier Volaris. Ticket sales will begin Nov. 12 for travel starting Dec. 1.

The Dallas Morning News reports "the agreement will bring Southwest customers from the United States to Cancun, Guadalajara, Morelia, Toluca/Mexico City, and Zacatecas through the Southwest/Volaris connect points at LAX, Oakland and San Jose." Connecting options from other cities will be phased in.

Southwest also announced its first routes from Newark, saying it planned to add six daily round-trip flights to Chicago Midway and two to St. Louis beginning March 27.

"This is about suits, not jeans," Henry Harteveldt, travel industry analyst with Forrester Research, tells the Chicago Tribune. "They are clearly going after the bread and butter of American and Continental/United in this market. They are very much laying down the gauntlet trying to go after the business traveler."
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Old October 31st, 2010, 01:27 AM   #739
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Wow. Awesome! Thks

Although It needs to get better with South America, one of the most important markets to the USA
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Old October 31st, 2010, 01:31 AM   #740
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There is a mistake.

Buenos Aires is shown with routes to Houston and Chicago, but EZE-ORD does not exist. Actually, Washington D.C is missing
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