True, but because of it's size it would not be as efficient on the short hauls.
Three letters: M-D-W. Ask any former ATA guys how well the -800 did out of there to the west coast. That increased seat capacity comes at the cost of decreased performance. No free lunch.
I was in upgrade class in 2000 and the VP of FltOps was asked why no -800s. He said that the 4th F/A was not the issue. The issue was fleet usage. If a full -300 or -700 had a mechanical and had to be replaced by a -500 you would only bump 15 passengers. If a full -800 had a mechanical and was replaced by a -700 you would bump 50 passengers. The way SWA operates you could handle 15 bumped passengers, but not 50. So if SWA ever got -800s they would not be interchangeable with the rest of the fleet.
Quick question for LUV pilots. Before I send my passport for renewal, do your gate agents require a CASS check even if i sit in the back? Sometimes they want to see my stuff even they'll put me in cabin, sometimes not. I just want to make sure 1) I have my passport when I need it, and 2) CASS won't red flagged me cuz my passport is due.
You DO NOT need a passport/CASS to ride in the back. That being said I had an gal try to keep me from getting on a flight a couple weeks ago because CASS was down - even though CASS is not needed for SWA crews to ride in SWA cockpits.
IOW, get the passport back ASAP - and wave at me from the terminal window if you have a problem. I'll be right up!
CASS will not throw a flag on an expired passport. Mine was expired most of the summer and the WN system never so much as burped.