I think it is a good acquisition, given the slots in Denver, NYC and the access to Mexico. I do not like the idea of an airbus addition, however, even if for a short time, flying under a SW name, or flight schedule. The airbus is simply not the 73, is not as comfortable, and appears to have some undiagnosed problems. At least with the 73, we know about some of the problems, and the FAR's to address them. I really don't want SW stellar safety record to take a hit because of an airbus contingent.
Plus, the costs associated with adding another aircraft, from maintenance, training, scheduling, crewing, parts, etc. would only tend to increase the ticket costs, and possible effect times for minor repairs on turnarounds.
I like your ideas that the airbus will be phased out, but, please do it before you brand the new airline SW.
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I don't know whether to be glad you are stepping down or be afraid. You plan on changing boarding to assigned seating. You plan on changing to a mile based rapid rewards system. These changes are likely to start 30 days after dec. 8, which is the earliest your rapid rewards rule changes can be made.
As a result, I don't know if it is you who has decided to change the airline in a dramatic way, and make it like a legacy carrier, or if it is the guy you picked, or you are leaving because you don't want to see this happen. I doubt that is the case though. Either way, in my mind, and from what seems to be an overwhelming majority of your rapid reward members, it seems that your changes will be a negative for this airline, and, cause me to go through IAH, which is closer to my house, rather than run all the way to hou.
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