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Southwest announces 15 long routes from Dallas Love Field

canyonblue

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Southwest announces 15 long routes from Dallas Love Field

Southwest Airlines announced the first long-distance routes it will fly from Dallas Love Field once restrictions on such flights expire this fall.

Southwest's first batch of new Dallas flights will begin Oct. 13, when the carrier will add nonstop flights between Love Field and the following five cities: Baltimore/Washington, Chicago Midway, Denver, Las Vegas and Orlando.

The next batch of new flights will debut Nov. 2, with Southwest adding nonstops between Love Field and Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York LaGuardia, Phoenix, Orange County (Calif.), San Diego, Tampa and Washington Reagan National.

Currently, because of rules the "Wright Amendment," most flights from the close-in Dallas airport are restricted only to eight states bordering or near Texas.

The law stems from 1979 -- ultimately referred to as the Wright Amendment for its author, former House Speaker Jim Wright -- forced flights leaving Love Field to land in Texas or the four states touching it: New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. Political interests ushered in exemptions in later years that added Alabama, Kansas, Mississippi and Missouri to the list.

Flights on planes seating 56 or fewer passengers are exempted from the Wright rules, though Southwest ? by far the biggest carrier at Love Field ? flies only Boeing jets that seat well over that figure. Some airlines -- most recently Delta -- exploited that exemption to fly routes beyond those states.

With the new long-haul routes, Southwest will compete against similar service from American Airlines at nearby DFW Airport.

Southwest's toughest competition, however, might come from Delta Air Lines Inc., which is already selling tickets for flights in late 2014 from Love Field to New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Minneapolis and Detroit.

There's just one hitch: Delta doesn't have any gates at Love Field.

American has two gates but agreed to give them up to settle a government lawsuit against its merger with US Airways. Delta wants to buy them from American, but so does Southwest, and other airlines could enter the bidding.

When Southwest CEO Gary Kelly was asked recently about competing with Delta at Love Field, he replied, "It remains to be seen who will get those two gates."

The U.S. Justice Department has said that the gates American is giving up shouldn't go to so-called legacy carriers ? a short list that includes Delta and United. In Delta's favor, however, is the fact that Southwest already controls 16 of the 20 gates at Love Field.
 

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With that pesky Wright amendment gone and the government handing over slots like candy.....Southwest will rule the world!!!

zzzzzzzzzz
 

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Hopefully in this new airline world we're witnessing now. There'll be enough to go around for everyone.
 

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Long-haul routes? LOL. What is this, Greyhound??

box

Watch it, they may start to challenge your 3(going to 4 this Summer) daily 777-300s nonstop from LAX to HKG.....


Bye Bye---General Lee
 

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Long-haul routes? LOL. What is this, Greyhound??

box

I suspect the term "long distance" is in relation to the relatively short flights that were the maximum allowed under the soon-to-be-dissolved writ of attainder known as "the Wright Amendment." When DAL to ABQ is pretty much the maximum allowed under a law, DAL to NYC or DAL to LAX looks pretty long indeed.

Bubba
 

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Watch it, they may start to challenge your 3(going to 4 this Summer) daily 777-300s nonstop from LAX to HKG.....


Bye Bye---General Lee


I am not going to challenge anyone with a name BOX Jockey

Anyone who gets to brag about riding a box is my hero :)
 

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I am not going to challenge anyone with a name BOX Jockey

Anyone who gets to brag about riding a box is my hero :)

Well played, Sir.



Bye Bye---General Lee
 

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I suspect the term "long distance" is in relation to the relatively short flights that were the maximum allowed under the soon-to-be-dissolved writ of attainder known as "the Wright Amendment." When DAL to ABQ is pretty much the maximum allowed under a law, DAL to NYC or DAL to LAX looks pretty long indeed.

Bubba
What's going to be funnier is the ATOG bleeds off -700 takeoffs the old guys will have to do now, theres going to be quite a few "let me see that OPC again"... moments.
 

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Long-haul routes? LOL. What is this, Greyhound??

box

C'mon dude- it didn't say long haul.

How would you phrase an airline that operates dozens upon dozens of flight to neighboring states, now doing longer flights?

To Dallas people and business, going direct out of love is article worthy.
 

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Waveflyer,

If you read about two thirds of the way down in the article, it indeed says "long-haul routes". That was the reason for my tongue-in-cheek clowning! :)

box
 

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C'mon dude- it didn't say long haul.

How would you phrase an airline that operates dozens upon dozens of flight to neighboring states, now doing longer flights?

To Dallas people and business, going direct out of love is article worthy.


With the new long-haul routes, Southwest will compete against similar service from American Airlines at nearby DFW Airport.


Wave's high on the blurple juice. He's paranoid and looking for snack food right now. Must be DEN based or on a layover there. :)
 

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What's going to be funnier is the ATOG bleeds off -700 takeoffs the old guys will have to do now, theres going to be quite a few "let me see that OPC again"... moments.


Why would they they want to see the OPC. They do not even know how to program or use it. :)
 

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Why would they they want to see the OPC. They do not even know how to program or use it. :)
Word, brother, word. Freaked a four digit the other day and handed it to him with the all engine climb data showing, he says "what the hell is this"....
 

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Word, brother, word. Freaked a four digit the other day and handed it to him with the all engine climb data showing, he says "what the hell is this"....

If I was an FO, I would do one of the following

A) Tell the captain, I have to get off and do some stuff, please load the FMC and OPC for me.

B) Make alot of talk about the 2 captains that failed there PC because they did not know how to load the FMC ( change arr. airport in route)

C) A & B :)
 

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If I was an FO, I would do one of the following

A) Tell the captain, I have to get off and do some stuff, please load the FMC and OPC for me.

B) Make alot of talk about the 2 captains that failed there PC because they did not know how to load the FMC ( change arr. airport in route)

C) A & B :)

I realize y'all are saying this stuff in jest but if you honestly have PICs over there that are not competent in all aspects of operating the aircraft then all I can say is WTF...
 
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