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Old 06-22-2008, 07:56 AM
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With all of this contraction, I should think they they'll try to make headway into some of these cities that they don't serve. If they did that, and they added Int'l destinations (that would mean purchasing wide bodies and having them ETOPS certified) maybe...just maybe you'll see FCF on an SWA bird one day.
On a popular air travel forum I frequent, followers report that Southwest's CEO has indicated repeatedly on investor conference calls that international flights are an area in which they plan to expand someday. People on that board predict they will go to destinations that aren't don't require ETOPS certification first.

It's an issue of contentious debate at the other place whether SWA would have to break tradition and add something other than 737s to their fleet to get ETOPS-certified.
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Old 06-22-2008, 09:49 AM
 
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Default SW strategy

That's great if SW is wanting to expand to int'l markets but what they've built their success on is maintaining similiar aircraft to streamline their repair parts system - which saves lots of money. They have made changes throughout their history to stay competitive but some of their basics is what got them where they are at now (buying fuel when prices were cheap).

There have been way too many discount airlines that have gone under and I hope that SWA does their research prior to jumping into the int'l market.
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Old 06-22-2008, 10:36 PM
 
Location: NW San Antonio
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and back to the original thread, todays newspaper states that the airlines are pulling out of several of the smaller rural cities even with the subsidys. The rural airports are losing their airlines, but I dont think SA is.
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