Deal's Off - Wow!

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Southwest Airlines has added a news release to its Investor Relations website.
Title: Southwest Airlines' Bid to Acquire Frontier Not Selected at Auction
Date: 8/13/2009 7:45:00 PM
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Carrier's Refusal to Remove Labor Requirement Key in Decision DALLAS, Aug. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV)confirmed today that its bid to acquire Frontier Airlines was not selected.Southwest submitted a bid of more than $170 million to Frontier Airlines onMonday, Aug. 10, 2009, in accordance with the procedures established in theU.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.
"We said all along that we would only move forward on this deal if itproved to be the right decision for our Employees and financially prudent forour Company," said Gary Kelly, Southwest's Chairman of the Board, President,and CEO. "We have a mission to preserve and protect our Culture and the bestinterests of our Employees, Customers, and Shareholders. This was a greatopportunity that required us to act fast. A lot of people worked very hardwith every intention of making this work. We were fortunate to be in aposition to examine the acquisition to see if it was the right decision forSouthwest Airlines. We chose not to amend our bid to remove the laborrequirement, a key reason our bid was not selected. Our congratulations toRepublic Airways and Frontier Airlines."
As stated in its initial statement of interest on July 30, 2009, Southwestsaid there would be several contingencies to be resolved for a deal to gothrough. Key in its position, Southwest was not willing to remove the need forthe two Pilot Unions to reach agreement. Southwest says its Culture andrelationships with its Employees are too important to compromise.
"Southwest remains committed to serving the Denver market with our lowfares and excellent Customer Service," Kelly said. "We began serving Denver in2006 with just 13 flights and have grown to offer 112 nonstop daily flightstoday. We are very pleased with the response we have seen to our service andgrowth in Denver, and we will continue to compete vigorously in the market."
One of the contingencies in Southwest's proposal was that labor groupsfrom the two airlines would need to reach an agreement on how the two PilotUnions (SWAPA and FAPA) would work together. Despite a good faith and diligenteffort by all involved, including the top leadership of the Southwest AirlinesPilots Association (SWAPA) and the Frontier Airlines Pilots Association(FAPA), who labored long into the night, the two unions were not able to cometo an agreement before the auction deadline. As a result, Southwest's bid wasdeemed unacceptable.
Frontier filed for bankruptcy court protection in April 2008. Southwestsubmitted its initial indication of interest to acquire Frontier Airlines onJuly 30, 2009, which gave the carrier an opportunity to engage with Frontierin the due diligence required to determine the scope of a binding proposal.Southwest submitted a bid of more than $170 million to acquire Frontier onMonday, Aug. 10, 2009.
After 38 years of service, Southwest Airlines offers a reliable productwith exemplary Customer Service. Southwest Airlines is the most productiveairline in the sky and offers Customers a comfortable traveling experiencewith all premium leather seats and plenty of legroom. Southwest recentlyupdated its gate areas and improved its boarding procedure to make flyingSouthwest Airlines even more convenient and simple. Southwest Airlinescurrently serves 66 cities in 33 states, and announced service to BostonLogan, which begins Aug. 16, 2009, and to Milwaukee, which begins Nov. 1,2009. Southwest currently operates more than 3,200 flights a day and hasnearly 35,000 Employees systemwide.
www.southwest.com

No need for further discussion. I truly hope it works out for all of you.

Sincerely,
shootr
 

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Now you have plenty of time to work on your TA................


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Thanks Gary for following your word ..... Now let's get back to this TA.

Cheers!
 

The Victors

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Good luck with the RAH integration. I'm sure it'll be so much better than SWA
 

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I can hear the lynx pilots crying all the way from Florida!
 

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You bone heads don't even know what the details were. I assure you plenty of info will be coming forth. We'll see how sweet your deal really was. Who cares about the staple if the rest of the deal would have resulted in numerous layoffs and many of us not working for SWA. You've been sooooo wrong numerous times since you tried to take over Denver. Let the games begin...I mean that with all do respect.
 

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Funny how an airline CEO stands by his employees, and it's a bad thing??
I am sure he will give in to their TA demands next. Fan---tas--tic.


Bye Bye--General Lee
 

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boneheads. ouch. you'd think that SWA pilots would be upset, but you know what, we are not. I'd even say we are pretty happy. if you guys are also, sounds like a win-win to me.

I wish you the best of luck and I mean that with all due respect, really, I do. :eek:
 

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You bone heads don't even know what the details were. I assure you plenty of info will be coming forth. We'll see how sweet your deal really was. Who cares about the staple if the rest of the deal would have resulted in numerous layoffs and many of us not working for SWA. You've been sooooo wrong numerous times since you tried to take over Denver. Let the games begin...I mean that with all do respect.
Pretty easily ran your a$$es into the ground already but whatever sport.

Grab your SACK F9 IT'S ON
 

The Victors

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You bone heads don't even know what the details were. I assure you plenty of info will be coming forth. We'll see how sweet your deal really was. Who cares about the staple if the rest of the deal would have resulted in numerous layoffs and many of us not working for SWA. You've been sooooo wrong numerous times since you tried to take over Denver. Let the games begin...I mean that with all do respect.
You're probably right. Your deal will be much better than what the Midwest guys just got and also much better than the rest of the RAH pilots.
 

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swa was/is losing their ass in den and short of Ual/F9 going tu will pull out within 2 yrs. swas has always had an cost advantage(either labor or fuel) and they don't now.. Interesting times. Short of brilliant fuel hedging again or paycuts for the employees, I can't see how swa does not stagnate or shrink..Welcome to the legacy club boys......
 

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Some of these guys need a reality check.

Grab your SACK F9 IT'S ON
My dad's about ready to kick your dad's as.s!!!

WTF? Your just a pilot...you don't get to decide shi.t
 

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You bone heads don't even know what the details were.
Wrong. Our M&A committee was keeping us updated hourly. Unlike your secret TA with Republic. We know what the details were, we know what FAPA wanted, what SWAPA wanted and what SWA was willing to concede. SWAPA fought for your pilots... all would have been added to the SWAPA seniority list, ALL of you. It may have taken some time, but SWAPA would have protected ALL of F9 pilots.

Let us know what the TA with Republic looks like when you get to see it.

I'm glad you're happy. I'm ecstatic. The combination of SWA/F9 could have been pretty awesome, but not at the expense of pilots currently on the SWAPA seniority list (some of whom are prior F9 guys... how many former SWA pilots are FAPA members?), both sides had to want this for it to work out. I'm glad you at least have Republic around to toss a lifeline, since exit financing didn't happen.

Once negotiations bogged down I prayed that SWAPA would stand fast and SWA would keep their word. Prayer answered.
 

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Gary stood by his guns!! Wow, I think I just might drink some kool-aid tonight!!

And a big sigh of relief.

Smokem' if ya gotem' boys.....
 
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