Old Oct 13, 17, 11:48 pm
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Originally Posted by ucdtim17 View Post
WN is the biggest domestic airline and the biggest in CA for a reason...

Southwest is the biggest by passenger count, not by revenue passenger miles, and even that's true only if you don't count the regional affiliates of AA, DL and UA.

Southwest was built around short hops and high frequencies. Even today, its average stage length is hundred of miles shorter than UA, AA, DL or AS. To Hawaii, it won't be a short hop, nor will it be high frequency (to start, or ever, likely). Assigned seats and other amenities have relatively greater value on longer flights.

It ought to be telling that Southwest operates so few coast-to-coast flights today. Maybe they have figured out that short flights are more profitable; maybe they see they don't compete effectively on flights of 5+ hour duration.
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