Midwest fires back at AirTran

Old Feb 28, 07, 9:06 am
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Midwest fires back at AirTran

Midwest has finally taken off the gloves.

http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/070228/nyw054.html?.v=77

I can't wait to see what comes out of Orlando in the next few hours!
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Old Feb 28, 07, 9:16 am
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IMHO the most telling quote of the story:

-- AirTran appears to be focused on adding capacity, not profits. In the
last half of 2006, Midwest's revenue per available seat mile (RASM) was
12.40 cents -- a 12.1% improvement from the last half of 2005.
AirTran's RASM was 9.54 cents in the last half of 2006 -- down 2.1%
from the same period of 2005. AirTran's deteriorating RASM performance
underscores its inability to efficiently utilize its existing capacity.
To further compound the problem, AirTran has committed to purchasing an
additional 60 planes with no clearly articulated strategic plan to
deploy and utilize these planes on a profitable basis.
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Old Feb 28, 07, 10:32 am
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Thank you to Mr Hoeksema for telling it like it is. The fact of the matter is that Midwest is in a better position to bid for AirTran than vice versa. As I have said before on this forum, I am not convinced that AirTran will keep their empty promises. It all sounds good on paper, but I doubt that AirTran would fulfill the many promises they have made.

I have no problem with the fact that Midwest is adding the CRJ200's (although I do agree they are the most uncomfortable aircraft on the market). I believe that Midwest has a good steady expansion plan (note the new MKE-SEA service).

Thank you for those of you who have stood behind Midwest. I think they have shown that they can stand the test of time.
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Old Feb 28, 07, 1:41 pm
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Originally Posted by MCI777 View Post
I have no problem with the fact that Midwest is adding the CRJ200's (although I do agree they are the most uncomfortable aircraft on the market). I believe that Midwest has a good steady expansion plan (note the new MKE-SEA service).
To follow-on that thought, there really is nothing to differentiate YX from its competitors where YX is serving a market with CRJs (especially where the others are running full-size jets).

OTOH, I must commend YX for running a good airline and continuing Signature Service.
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