Refraining from “nickel-and-diming” customers remains a core value
Retaining the dedicated “fans” of Southwest Airlines is a high priority
The majority of aircraft operated by Southwest Airlines are Boeing 737 airplanes. The fleet of Boeing 717 aircraft operated by AirTran Airways have been purchased by Delta Air Lines where the first batch of 16 airplanes will have been a part of the fleet of Delta Air Lines this year with another 36 airplanes to be delivered in 2014 and the final 36 airplanes to be delivered in 2015, according to NYCAviation.
The fleet of Boeing 717 aircraft from AirTran Airways will be refurbished by Delta Air Lines with new interiors which will cut seating capacity from 117 seats to 110 seats while simultaneously adding premium options such as Wi-Fi Internet service. The configuration by AirTran Airways 105 economy class seats will be converted to 15 Economy Comfort seats and 83 economy class seats. The business class cabin will become the first class cabin while retaining the configuration of twelve seats.
Delta Air Lines will supposedly remove two regional jet airplanes with 50 seats — despised by many FlyerTalk members — from its fleet for each Boeing 717 aircraft added to its operations.
Meanwhile — of the 47 aircraft to be converted from AirTran Airways livery to Southwest Airlines livery — 33 aircraft still sport the AirTran Airways livery as of this time.
The integration of AirTran Airways into Southwest Airlines sure took long enough to implement — but perhaps that amount of time was necessary in order for the absorption of AirTran Airways by Southwest Airlines to be as smooth as possible. Perhaps by the end of 2014, you might actually be able to redeem Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards frequent flier loyalty program points — or the popular companion pass — on international flights currently operated by AirTran Airways…