I won’t miss Midwest

May 18th, 2007

There’s been a lot of angst for a while now about the possibility of AirTran airlines buying Midwest Airlines.

But I have to admit, generic cialis pilule I’ve never been one for drinking Midwest’s Kool-Aid (or liked their cookies for that matter).

I’ve always thought they were overpriced and offered way too few destinations.

And any excuse they had for being more expensive than the market dried up when they started putting three seats across on many flights.

Milwaukee currently doesn’t have a single real discount airline.

Personally, doctor I’m much more excited about the possiblilty of a super cheap fair to Minneapolis or New York than I ever was about paying $100 bucks more a ticket so that I could enjoy a 35 cent cookie at 35,000 feet.

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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Wendy  |  May 18th, 2007 at 10:42 am

    I’m not particularly fond of Midwest itself, but I like that they hub here. Because of that, American came in and offers direct flights to compete. If airtran takes over, Milwaukee is no longer a hub and will offer plenty of direct flights–to Midway.

  • 2. Nick  |  May 18th, 2007 at 10:57 am

    I think the market will be poorer without Midwest. While I think its important to have cheap airlines, I hate the race to the bottom of price.

    From doing as much studying on how markets work as I have, I’ve discoverd that price is not everything. Style, service, and other features can be selling points to.

    Not EVERY airline needs to be a cheap piece of crap that treats you like that. I think that there are plenty of people who are willing to pay a little more for better service, and Midwest caters to that. There is nothing wrong with it.

  • 3. Administrator  |  May 18th, 2007 at 11:01 am

    Wendy,

    I’m pretty cynical, but I think it might actually go the other way. If I were, Airtran, I’d turn Mitchell into a hub. My guess is they are pretty limited to the number of gates than can get out of Chicago. Milwaukee probably offers them a much better opportunity for gates and flights.

  • 4. Administrator  |  May 18th, 2007 at 11:06 am

    And truthfully Nick, I’m a little shocked. As a libertarian and free market champion you should see this takeover as a naked example of capitalism in action.

    The reason Midwest is vulnerable is because most people aren’t willing to pay a little more for better service. (And part of my point is that Midwest no longer delivers anywhere near the service that made them “the best care in the air” for a very long time.)

    If you want to pay a little more for better service, feel free to buy first class tickets on any of the standard airlines that fly out of Mitchell. It will still be possible to get the caliber of care that Midwest supposedly delivers. And for once it might be possible to get the sort of deals that Southwest and Ryan air have offered other parts of the world for years.

  • 5. DJ  |  May 18th, 2007 at 9:23 pm

    You may feel that they are overpriced and don’t fly to enough cities. However, your bones do not appreciate the extra comfort, availablr even in Saver Service. After spending a night on an AirTran plane in Atlanta, we know value and service when we find it.

  • 6. grumps  |  May 21st, 2007 at 7:24 am

    DJ, it’s true. Only those who have suffered through a flight on AirTran can truly understand the lack of human decency involved in putting 131 seats in a plane built for 104.

    AirTran is one of the big dogs at Midway, soaking up gates that would otherwise have gone begging. Even so, I sat for nearly an hour on the apron, in full view of my car across the street, waiting for a gate slot. When we finally got into the terminal the baggage carousel broke with our bags on it somewhere in the bowels of the terminal. It was nearly three hours from touchdown to blessed relief.

    No one deserves to be treated the way that AirTran routinely treats eveeryone.

  • 7. Administrator  |  May 21st, 2007 at 8:43 am

    I’ve only flown AirTran twice, but I don’t remember it being any worse than U.S. Air, Delta, etc…

  • 8. Kate  |  May 21st, 2007 at 11:03 am

    As the sufferer of an AirTran flight, I’m with grumps. That had to be the most uncomfortable plain I’ve ever been on in my life, and that includes the old props. Even first class….wasn’t!

  • 9. Dean  |  May 21st, 2007 at 10:25 pm

    I’ve flown AirTran twice also and don’t remember being any more uncomfortable than on any other plane I’ve been on. Nor were there long waits at the gate. But this was three years ago now.

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