As a former ramp service agent at Frontier, and as a pilot at large regional carrier, I am following this bit of news with great curiosity. I think the Denver market will be one in which Southwest will thrive, but I was sad the see the financial damage that they inflicted upon Frontier. If only they both could have thrived!
F9 is such a great company, with all the new planes, the customer service, and the great corporate culture. I was very sad to hear of its bankruptcy. However, as with all events like this, it is a great opportunity to see something great happen.
A few questions - Will Southwest in fact retire the entire Airbus fleet and keep with the sole operation of 737s? And when will Denver become a Southwest hub? With all of the flights leaving and arriving in Denver every day, is DEN considered a hub already for Southwest? Do flight sequences originate and terminate in DEN, or is DEN still considered an "outstation?"
I am happy to hear that there is competition with Republic on the bid to buy Frontier. And I am very pleased to hear that Southwest is that competition. I think it's good for the people of Denver, and I believe that it keeps with the legendary culture of the entire city of Denver. Whatever happens with the bid, I hope that an airline worthy to own Frontier wins the bid, and not just the company that has the most money (but they could be one and the same). May the best company win! (And I personally hope that it's Southwest!)
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