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Southwest breaks ground

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Southwest Airlines Breaks Ground At Houston Hobby

Carrier begins construction of new international terminal

#yiv8245908285 #yiv8245908285 span.yiv8245908285prnews_span{font-size:8pt;font-family:"Arial";color:black;}#yiv8245908285 a.yiv8245908285prnews_a{color:blue;}#yiv8245908285 li.yiv8245908285prnews_li{font-size:8pt;font-family:"Arial";color:black;}#yiv8245908285 p.yiv8245908285prnews_p{font-size:0.62em;font-family:"Arial";color:black;margin:"0in";}HOUSTON, Sept. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) broke ground Monday on a new international terminal at William P. Hobby Airport (HOU), marking the official start of construction on the $156 million project.
Once completed, the five-gate facility will accommodate regional international flights for Southwest Airlines, with service reaching destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico, and the northern cities of South America.
Houston Mayor Annise Parker, as well as local and state dignitaries, joined Southwest Airlines Employees in the brief ceremony before work immediately began.
"Establishing international air service at William P. Hobby Airport will benefit Houston passengers in a variety of different ways, including increasing competition, boosting the local economy, and strengthening the ties that already exist with our friends in Latin America," says Houston Mayor Annise Parker. "And perhaps the best news of all, it comes at no expense to the Houston taxpayer."
"With this new international terminal, we are not only literally breaking ground at Hobby Airport, we are charting new territory for our Company and for low-cost and high-value air travel," said Gary Kelly, CEO of Southwest Airlines. "This will be Southwest's first international terminal in our 43-year history, and we look forward to bringing lower fares and more international flights to a city that could benefit from increased competition."
A 2012 study commissioned by the Houston Airport System indicates that the new terminal will generate more than 10,000 jobs across the Greater Houston metropolitan area and will provide an economic impact of $1.6 billion. The study estimates that the terminal will bring in an additional 1 million passengers a year to Hobby Airport.
The terminal project, fully funded by Southwest Airlines, includes a new five-gate international terminal, expansion of the existing security checkpoint, and upgrades to the Southwest Airlines ticketing counter area.
"We will give Customers a modern terminal with an open, airy design and expanded security checkpoint to make the entire travel experience as easy and stress-free as we endeavor with every flight," said Kelly.
In support of the project, and in anticipation of the expected increase in passenger traffic, the Houston Airport System will be making significant investments of its own, constructing a new multi-level parking garage and making improvements to the existing roadway system.
"The partnership that exists between Southwest Airlines and the City of Houston dates back to the earliest days of the company," says Houston Aviation Director Mario C. Diaz. "It's a partnership that was incredibly beneficial to both sides in the 20th century, and now it's poised to reach even greater heights in the 21st century."
Southwest Airlines anticipates its first international flights out of Houston Hobby's new international terminal will begin in late 2015 to destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico, and the northern cities of South America. Please visit HOUHobby.com for the latest project information and swamedia.com, the digital newsroom for Southwest Airlines.
 

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Very exciting news for the company and especially the the pilots and FA's, more growth and shorter upgrades and more aircraft (possible wide body!!!). This looks like a win -win for all concerned.
Wait until the Wright Amendment goes away as well - the flood gates will open.
"As of 12:01 a.m. on Oct. 14, 2014, Southwest and other carriers at the Dallas airport will be allowed to fly nonstop to any other U.S. city, the first time they’ve had that right since the federal law limiting flights at Love Field went into effect on Feb. 15, 1980".
 

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Hopefully they will have the international certificate by the..... if not I am certain the airtran 737 crews will be able to to do it out of hobby just fine.
 

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I was in Canada during the time of the debacle between Dorval and Mirabel, Mirabel was located way out side the city where as Dorval is very close to the city and also was the HG of Air Canada at the time. The government tried to force Mirabel down everyone's throat and it failed.

I have travelled to both IAH and HOU from downtown Houston and the travel to HOU is a lot easier commute.
 

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" Hopefully they will have the international certificate by the(n)..... if not I am certain the airtran 737 crews will be able to to do it out of hobby just fine..."

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Wikipedia: " Southwest Airlines owns and retains all ownership of the operating certificate and all assets held by ATA Airlines including trademarks, logos, etc. These were purchased for $7.5 million by Southwest while ATA was operating under bankruptcy protection."

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Historical Recap:


SWA has been trying to get this " Near International" gig together for years.

They had ATA exploring HOU as early as 2006 and, were poised to capture the Houston market as soon as they had built and completed an International Terminal.

- ATA was an Abortion....that died in the Womb. "Effed" Up by ATA Management Klowns.

- "NEXT!"
Frontier. ( Oops. Totally "Effed" Up by Genius Pilots / Union. )

- "NEXT!"
Airtran ( Somewhat "Effed" it Up by Genius Pilots / Union. But, ultimately allowing SWA to go ahead w/ Near International Plans that were proposed as early as 2006 IIRC. )

Good for you SWA.

I hope you use the ATA Certificate as necessary and, as it suits your needs.

Darwin's Theory is Just and True.

Love,

Whine
 
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" Hopefully they will have the international certificate by the(n)..... if not I am certain the airtran 737 crews will be able to to do it out of hobby just fine..."

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Wikipedia: " Southwest Airlines owns and retains all ownership of the operating certificate and all assets held by ATA Airlines including trademarks, logos, etc. These were purchased for $7.5 million by Southwest while ATA was operating under bankruptcy protection."

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Historical Recap:


SWA has been trying to get this " Near International" gig together for years.

They had ATA exploring HOU as early as 2006 and, were poised to capture the Houston market as soon as they had built and completed an International Terminal.

- ATA was an Abortion....that died in the Womb. "Effed" Up by ATA Management Klowns.

- "NEXT!"
Frontier. ( Oops. Totally "Effed" Up by Genius Pilots / Union. )

- "NEXT!"
Airtran ( Somewhat "Effed" it Up by Genius Pilots / Union. But, ultimately allowing SWA to go ahead w/ Near International Plans that were proposed as early as 2006 IIRC. )

Good for you SWA.

I hope you use the ATA Certificate as necessary and, as it suits your needs.

Darwin's Theory is Just and True.

Love,

Whine

Whine, the ATA certificate was surrendered years ago, but thanks for playing. :rolleyes:

And if Darwin's theory was "just and true", you would have been squashed by a lav truck years ago.
 

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Hey whine..... they have an approved international ticket right now..... they were too proud to change the name at the top of the page and decided to reinvent the wheel. Four attempts and nothing yet. Amadeus is no treat either. So much for an off the shelf system.
 

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Just for clarification, Amadeus is really the best product in the industry.

The system that Airtran had was just marginally better than in-house SW system, so there really wasn't anything gained in that area of the purchase.

So we have Airtran guys hoping for a SW failure on the international launch?
 

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The system that Airtran had was just marginally better than in-house SW system, so there really wasn't anything gained in that area of the purchase.



"Well, except for being able to charge for bags, assign seats, operate 24 hours a day, interface with distribution systems like Orbitz and Sabre, and operate Internationally, it was only marginally better".

Fixed it for you, Red. :D:
 

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What other airlines use Amadeus? Air France is one. Any others on US soil? GK can't get a straight answer from the g.o. they have mired themselves in their own self importance it is the proverbial emperor's new clothes week after week. Class II navigation on then off. Let's see what happens next month. Get in 30 early and still leave late. Have to make multiple calls to hook up power and air. Waiting for gate with connecting pax during late night hub and spoke out of bwi and gates available..... wait for assigned gate. Who cares if the pax make their connection? 15 % roic is a cry for help for GK. Flattish will get rammed down the throats through language in the next contract..... already getting it by delaying negotiations..... read the updates.... going nowhere.... getting up at the crack of noon.
 

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The system that Airtran had was just marginally better than in-house SW system....

The SWA Agents have told me that the AAI system is like the old system they used to operate. It looks like a DOS product, while the SWA system is a windows type that even the former AAI Agents tell me it is easier to navigate. The problem that I wondered was, why didn't we just use the AAI Res system. A couple of FAT Pilots told me that there was no way it could handle the volume.

And the SWA system does indeed charge for bags, just not the first or second.
 

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Just the list. Don't shoot the messenger



Airlines using Amadeus:







Adria Airways
Aegean Airlines
Aerosvit Airlines
Aigle Azur
Air Astana
Air Berlin
Air Calin
Air Caraibes
Air Europa
Air France
Air Ivoire
Air Marshall Islands
Air Mauritius
Air Pacific
Air Vanuatu
Airlinair
Airnorth
Alitalia
All Nippon Airways
Asiana Airlines
Atlantic Airways
Austrian Airlines
Avianca
Aviateca
BMI
Belair
Binter Canarias
Blue1
Brindabella Airlines
Brit Air
British Airways
Camair-Co
Cathay Pacific
Ceiba Intercontinental
City Airline
Cityjet
Cobham Aviation Services
Corsair
Croatia Airlines
Czech Airlines CSA
Dragonair
Egyptair
El Al
Finnair
Garuda Indonesia
Golden Air
Hex' Air
Iberia
Icelandair
Izair
Jat Airways
JinAir
KLM
Kenya Airways
Korean Air
LACSA - Lineas Aereas Costarricenses
LAN Argentina
LAN Chile
LAN Ecuador
LAN Peru
LOT Polish Airlines
Libyan Airlines
Lufthansa
Middle East Airlines
Mongolian Airlines Group
Montenegro Airlines
Niki
Nile Air
Norwegian
Openskies
PLUNA
Qantas
Rossiya Airlines
Royal Air Maroc
Royal Brunei Airlines
Royal Jordanian Airlines
R?gional Compagnie A?rienne Europ?enne
SATA Air Acores
SATA International
Safi Airways
Saudi Arabian Airlines
Scandinavian Airlines
Singapore Airlines
Solomon Airlines
South African Airlink
South African Airways
South African Express Airways
TACA International Airlines
TACA Peru
TAM Airlines
TAM Mercosur
TAP Portugal
Tarom
Thai Airways
Toumai Air Tchad
Trans Air Congo (TAC)
Twin Jet
Wideroe Flyveselskap
XL Airways France
airBaltic
 

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From the title, I thought this would be just another runway/taxiway excursion.
 

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Whine, the ATA certificate was surrendered years ago, but thanks for playing. :rolleyes:

And if Darwin's theory was "just and true", you would have been squashed by a lav truck years ago.


Ty,

You are correct Sir. That fact slipped my mind as I was typing.
Nevertheless, their attempts at this acquisition/near international thing have been interesting to watch.

Now, about the jab at the end...My Brother only has nice things to say about you (?)


WL
 
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Whine, the ATA certificate was surrendered years ago, but thanks for playing. :rolleyes:

And if Darwin's theory was "just and true", you would have been squashed by a lav truck years ago.

Do you even know Whine Lover? That takes chutzpah, bro.

There really is no "Darwinism" in business anyway, just a matter of who has the more inept/greedy/shortsighted management that causes a formerly viable business entity to fail. It is the luck of the draw. Count your blessings.
 
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