Given AirTran’s baggage fees, Southwest taking time on merger

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  1. sobore
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    http://www.buffalonews.com/business/article823640.ece

    Southwest Airlines’ advertising is heavy on the message that you can check bags for free. But the $300 million in revenue it still gets from merger partner AirTran Airways’ fees is one reason Southwest has slowed the two airlines’ combination.

    “I can actually make a case that for business reasons, we may not
    want to” link flights soon, Southwest CEO Gary Kelly said during a conference call with analysts.
    Dallas-based Southwest bought AirTran last year, but it plans to continue to charge baggage fees on AirTran flights until operations are fully integrated, which isn’t expected until 2014.

    Southwest will soon debut the first AirTran plane converted into a Southwest seating layout and paint job, but it has slowed plans to convert the full fleet. Southwest also put off until 2013 plans to link its flights with AirTran’s so travelers could book connecting flights on the carriers.

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    Money speaks, as always!:rolleyes:
     
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    WN might have to change it's sales pitch...
     
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    Yep, or let free checked baggage into the Airtran world. ;)
     
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    Of course, perhaps WN is realizing why the other carriers started charging for bags...they are businesses expected to BRING IN revenue to bring profits to their shareholders...
     
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    ..benefit.........shareholders, not passengers!:eek:
     
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    And there I thought they were supposed to bring in profits for their shareholders. Silly me. ;)
     
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    Whoops...fixed...I'll blame the Afghan jet lag... ;)
     
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