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Old 10-13-2011, 07:05 PM
 
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I don't think it takes a professional opinion to support that post, it is pretty well known that the overwhelming majority of plane crashes are on takeoff and landing.

It is probably also a fair claim that Southwest has more shorter routes and no international, I don't think they fly anything but 737s.
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Old 10-13-2011, 07:31 PM
 
Location: Miami/ Washington DC
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....And you base your opinion on your numerous years of professional experience, right?
I base this on the factual knowledge that the most dangerous part of any flight is landing or takeoff. I base it on the facts that Southwest does have a lot more landings and takeoffs per plane compared to other major airlines and I base this on the experience and knowledge I have gained in the last 11 years being involved and following the aviation industry like it was my job.

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I don't think it takes a professional opinion to support that post, it is pretty well known that the overwhelming majority of plane crashes are on takeoff and landing.

It is probably also a fair claim that Southwest has more shorter routes and no international, I don't think they fly anything but 737s.
That is right they only fly 737s they are the perfect plane for the type of flying they do and it also allows them to let their pilots fly any of their planes so not extra cost in training or scheduling etc.. Its a great operation they have. They also pay their pilots the best out of all the major domestic airlines.
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Old 10-14-2011, 08:20 AM
 
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I have a love/hate relationship with Southwest. They certainly have an efficient operation and I rarely run into delays with them. The negative is the cattle call boarding system and a good percentage of people on every Southwest flight I take are flying novices and have no etiquette, e.g. rushing the front when de-planing instead of filing out front to back in an orderly fashion. It's amateur hour and it drives me nuts.
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Old 10-14-2011, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Miami/ Washington DC
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I have a love/hate relationship with Southwest. They certainly have an efficient operation and I rarely run into delays with them. The negative is the cattle call boarding system and a good percentage of people on every Southwest flight I take are flying novices and have no etiquette, e.g. rushing the front when de-planing instead of filing out front to back in an orderly fashion. It's amateur hour and it drives me nuts.
I agree, I have never flown them before and never plan on flying them. But on a business side they have a great operation.
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Old 10-15-2011, 08:57 AM
 
Location: The Raider Nation._ Our band kicks brass
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Since Steven was kind enough to share his opinion of Southwest with us, I will too. Even though I can fly for free on my own airline, my last three trips were on Southwest. Only because they had nonstops to where I wanted to go.

They do a few things right. One of them is having the highest paid employees in the industry. I'm not sure if that comes from being a gracious employeer, or from being one of the most heavily unionized airlines around.

They don't contract with commuters. I like that. I know that if I book a flight with them I will actually be on one of their 737s with an actual Southwest crew. It's one of the reasons that they don't lose as many bags. They don't have to transfer between two different airlines with the same colors.

Having only one fleet type is a huge plus. It saves money on storing spare parts, it's easier to swap out planes if something breaks, and it's easier to keep everybody trained. I know that since I currently work on the Airbus, it would take me a little time to get back into the Boeing frame of mind. That costs efficiency.

They have a great publicist. That guy has the media wrapped around his little finger. They could start serving poop sandwiches, and the media would spin the story into how great it is that they are recycling.

The one thing that they don't do right is maintenance. The 1600 actual mechanics that they have are highly trained on the 737. Unfortunately, they are not the guys doing the majority of the work. They are changing tires, and engines at line stations. Their heavy maintenance is being done by 3rd party contractors. Most of it in El Salvador by non licensed, unskilled people. The highest check done in house is a C check. That is mostly lubing flight controls, and changing worn rod ends. It doesn't get into the heavy structure where you find the hidden corrosion, and cracks.

While it's true that they have never killed a passenger, they are they only airline to pop open two airplanes due to poor maintenance practices. The first was a missed inspection at one of their vendors. The second was too new for that inspection. It was most likely another one of their vendors dragging a razor blade on the skin while prepping for paint. The one thing that all LICENSED mechanics know is that you never use a razor blade on aluminum.

My opinion is that they have been lucky, and it's only a matter of time. My opinion comes from 30 years of actual hands on experience in the industry, not from reading about airlines on the internet.
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