I know I said I wouldn’t post before I left, but there were 2 good stories today:
1) Song Airlines is launching a record label. So ridiculous that I love it. Actually, I think it’s a great idea. Seems like little risk for them, and adds a nice brand association. Well done.
2) Not so well done is American Airlines’ ridiculous (or pathologically ridiculous) press release denouncing a House of Representatives bill that would repeal the Wright Amendment and allow full access rights to flights from Dallas’ Love Field (ie, Southwest’s home in Dallas):
"This is a double-whammy for North Texas. If Southwest gets their way
again, both the economy and the environment will surely suffer. First,
repealing the Wright Amendment will be a setback to the region’s growth.
Second, the inevitable and dramatic rise in air traffic at Love Field will
harm the environment in the neighborhoods around the airport. Make no
mistake, the number of flights from Love Field will increase to levels never
"This push by Southwest reflects the understandably selfish intentions of
a company that today is roaming the halls of Congress seeking special favors.
If Southwest were sincere about growing and competing, they would be flying
from DFW Airport — and they wouldn’t need an act of Congress. We’re
confident the community will not let Southwest risk the quality of life for
North Texans just to preserve and expand their monopoly at Love Field."
Frankly, it’s so stupid that it’s not worth commenting on. OK, one part is worth commenting on…the line about how if Southwest were sincere about competition it wouldn’t need an act of Congress. Hasn’t American benefitted from the Wright Amendment (an act of Congress) for 30 years? Am I crazy?