I think this is a great move, but a big question to this merger is - what is Southwest going to do with the Boeing 717? According to the website, the majority of the AirTran fleet is the 717. Will Southwest keep them or start to replace the 717 with the Boeing 737-600?
I've never been fond of the 717 or the DC-9 legacy it comes from, but this will be a big question since it'll add to the overhead costs of the airline. Otherwise, I look forward to the chance to get more places from Phoenix than before.
The other important point, as long as the fees stay away, I look forward to the new things that could be on a Southwest flight.
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