Hot from the PlaneBuzz Mailbag:
“Did you see Midwest’s “big announcement”? They’re putting two classes on their aircraft. An “innovative” approach.
Gee, can you think of another US airline flying 717s with two-class service? Oh yeah, AirTran. If I was AirTran I’d have a press-release out in minutes entitled “Midwest Airlines validates AirTran strategy…”
These fricking morons have just destroyed the one thing that really did separate themselves from the rest of the industry. It’s an admission that their previous strategy didn’t work, and that what AirTran wants to do is correct.”
Ah, yes. I did note the use of the word “innovative” in their press release. That was a bit of a stretch. Yes.
And yes, now they are basically changing their business model to that of AirTran’s.
If I were Joe Leonard, I wouldn’t put it past him to put out a release that said something like, “Thank you to the management at Midwest. Not only have they come to their senses in regard to what they should be doing in terms of their business model, but the conversion costs to a two-class onboard configuration will already have been borne by Midwest before we take over the airline.”