Do Southwest Airlines’ Nice-Guy Tactics Cost It Millions of Dollars in Profit?

Ryanair is famous for its extremely cheap fares accompanied by exorbitant fees, like charging $115 to print your boarding pass for you. The airline even once proposed charging passengers to use the onboard toilet. By contrast, Southwest has resisted the industry trend to charge bag fees. Ryanair’s profits last year were 40% higher than Southwest’s. Says travel-planning website Flightfox:

In the league that Ryanair plays in, Southwest is simply too nice. Southwest maintains wholesome traditional values that when added together, end up costing them millions.

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Spirit Airlines Flight from DFW Explodes, Lands Safely

A Tuesday flight from Atlanta to DFW Airport from DFW, headed to Atlanta, had an “emergency situation” that this reporter describes as an engine exploding. The flight returned to the airport and landed safely, but before that passengers were texting loved ones (and filming without turning their phones sideways). Part of one message read, “…I love […]

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Abbott, Holder Team Up, Ctd.

Over at KRLD-AM (1080), our pal David Johnson landed an interview with former American Airlines chairman Bob Crandall about today’s developments. (The interview can be heard in full this evening at 6:20 on David’s CEO Spotlight program.) The always-outspoken Crandall told Johnson he was surprised by news that the Justice Department would attempt to block […]

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Abbott, Holder Team Up to Bash Airline Merger

Attorney General Greg Abbott, who’s running for governor, ought to be looking over his shoulder in North Texas, now that he’s made the bone-headed move of trying to help Eric Holder’s Justice Department deep-six the American Airlines/US Airways merger. Abbott, who must believe he’s bullet-proof among Republican primary voters, claims to be looking out for […]

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Southwest Airlines Offers Free Trip to Flint, Michigan, Murder Capital of America

As you can see, this was front page news in “the Vehicle City.” That’s a nickname for Flint with which I was not yet familiar. I’ve previously only ever heard it called “America’s deadliest city,“ “Murdertown U.S.A.,” and “Most violent city in the nation.” Don’t worry, you have until the end of the month to enter to […]

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Emergency Landing Makes Exec a ‘Believer’

Dallas real estate executive Chuck Dannis has spent a lot of hours on American Airlines flights. But he’s never had such a scare on one as he did this afternoon. Returning to Dallas from Denver aboard AA Flight 880, Dannis said he was sitting in first-class when he and the other passengers noticed an electrical […]

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Travelocity Launches a Travel Web Series, Starts With a Search For Dallas’ Best Taco

The Southlake-based company announced today a new series of travel videos hosted by their “senior editor,” Courtney Scott. Their intention is to release one a week. There are two posted so far, one in New York and the other about a search for the best taco in Dallas. SPOILER ALERT: She decides the winner is the […]

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Leading Off (3/11/13)

Police Need Help Cracking Murder Case Involving Senior: A 79-year-old woman in East Dallas was found slain in her home Saturday, and police are turning to the public for help. There were signs of forced entry, but no word on whether the residence where the woman was found was burglarized. And Bernie Tiede’s locked up, […]

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Leading Off (2/18/13)

Is the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System Overinvested in Real Estate? There are so many questions raised by this lengthy report on how the pension fund that owns Museum Tower ended up managing the luxury proprieties it propped-up with large cash infusions after the real estate bubble burst. For example: What are the properties really […]

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Why We Will Spend Decades and Billions on a Toll Road and Never Properly Address Public Transit

Over on the Dallas Morning News transportation blog, Editorial Writer Rodger Jones writes that he believes the entire issue of the Trinity toll road boils down to one thing: traffic relief. Then, reporter Michael Lindberger asks those who oppose the toll road to offer better solutions to the problem of relieving downtown traffic congestion. The […]

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