Thursday, February 17, 2005

This Ain't Just Peanuts

to my company headquartered in the Pittsburgh area. The office here conservatively buys 4 roundtrip tickets a week on average between Philly and Pittsburgh at $600 or so a pop. Competition and the resulting fare reductions is nothing short of outstanding news for the bottom line, and hopefully my year end bonus check. Plus, the entrenched unions with their "screw the customer" tactics and the old guard airlines with their bloated, corporate welfare sucking business model are getting the rug pulled out from under them, and I for one love it.

From the article:

Southwest will have introductory one-way fares of $29 plus tax between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, and a top one-way price of $79 plus tax for refundable tickets bought at the last minute. The fare on US Airways for a refundable ticket bought today for travel tomorrow was $730.40, according to the Web site.

Hell, I could go meet friends at Carnegie Mellon for a beer!

"You can always count on Southwest for some surprise," said Kevin P. Mitchell, chairman of the Radnor-based Business Travel Coalition, the advocacy group for companies and travelers. "It's going to have a huge negative impact on US Airways... and it's going to stimulate activity between the business communities of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh."

It will indeed, and if I were Gov. Rendell, I'd call a press conference thanking Southwest for opening up the state's air travel options and fostering a positive business climate in our fair state.

"We're still the largest airline in Philadelphia and in Pittsburgh," he said. "We're facing competition from Southwest, not only in Pittsburgh but at other points in our system, from AirTran, JetBlue, ATA, Frontier and Spirit Airlines. That's why this company has taken such an aggressive approach to attacking our cost structure."

Seven Hundred Thirty One Dollars and some odd cents, and you call that your "aggressive approach to attacking your cost structure"? Shut up already. May you get bought out by the end of the month by someone who realizes the airline industry and the regulated oligopoly it used to be.


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