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Newsflash: WN taking over FL Isn't All It's Cracked Up To Be

Newsflash: WN taking over FL Isn't All It's Cracked Up To Be

 
Old Feb 11, 13, 8:49 am
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Newsflash: WN taking over FL Isn't All It's Cracked Up To Be

From today's AJC:
http://www.ajc.com/news/business/sou...ar-in-a/nWLbn/

Of course we all knew this, despite Clark Howard's outright giddiness over the introduction of WN to ATL.
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Old Feb 11, 13, 10:44 pm
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I really dont like this guy for one reason: He professes to others that he is some kind of expert on what is good for the consumer. You either have to be a socialist, utopian fringe believer or a completely fool to not predict elimination of competition shall lead to less (and by proxy more expensive) choices for the consumer.

Had the general public been as well informed as Mr. plagwate and not Mr. Howard you would probably have never experienced the eclipse of the FL brand. However that is a discussion for another date and time (perhaps one worthy of a book?)
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Old Feb 11, 13, 11:24 pm
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PA42, are you no longer with the company? I notice the InExile location.

I remember posting on Clark Howard's AJC blog on how wrong he was about his assessment. That is the problem when a consumer guy tries to be a jack of all trades. He should have consulted some travel experts before weighing in.

Clark Howard never even bothered to address some of the disagreements he got on his blog about his rosy predictions of how fares would go down.

I am looking at the ATL-PHL and am wondering if that is a good example where FL is content to lay back and go with the flow of high prices on that route instead of trying to be the price leader. ATL-PHL is not even a part of the sale fare promos. In the past, FL would force Delta and US Air to match it's lower sale fares on that route.
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I have been constantly amazed how ignorant the public has been about FL's quality. My colleagues were so consistently amazed why I would keep taking FL. So when a couple finally followed my path(Luckily they are not elite yet, so I get the upgrades to myself, hah), they are so happy with the credits system because our flights are usually 500-750 mile flight segments. They are even game for the cheap upgrades. I think FL should have marketed to small/midsize businesses better somehow.
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Old Feb 12, 13, 7:04 am
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Today's "big announcment" in ATL concerns jobs, not code-share.

WN is opening the Atlanta People Department and announcing a new Atlanta Pilot Base. The People Department will be at AirTran Corporate Center, to be re-named Southwest’s Atlanta Center.

It will include training facilities and a new consolidated Customer Support & Services center for Georgia-based employees.
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Old Feb 12, 13, 8:58 am
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Ive been in exile for a while now Since late 2010 to be exact if you know what I mean
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Old Feb 12, 13, 9:08 am
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Originally Posted by PA42 View Post
Ive been in exile for a while now Since late 2010 to be exact if you know what I mean
But you've still retained your superpowers. Now you've got ME curious.
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Old Feb 12, 13, 12:09 pm
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Thats because its geographical in nature only
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