|Subject: An interesting travel and business article|
Just thought this was interesting and wanted to get some thoughts from you
well traveled folks. Reading the Sunday NYC Times I came across an article
in the business section that puts forth the theory that the most important
company over the last 10 years in term of changing our lives is Southwest
Airlines. Not Microsoft, not cell phone companies but Southwest Air.
At first I was skeptical but I have to admit that the author has a point. When I took my first airplane ride in 1980 (I was a very late flyer) a non-stop flight from Portland, OR to San Francisco, CA cost me $565. That was the cheapest I could find. Today, going from Seattle to the Bay area, I have paid in recent months, less than $150 for a round trip ticket. The point is that SWA (and their imitators around the world) through their lowering of airfares and on-time performance has made travel affordable for everyone.
I brought this up last night at dinner with friends and the conversation was rather lively. What do you think? I tend to agree.
To read the entire article check out http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/05/business/05VIEW.html
Always looking for an interesting topic to discuss.
Jim in Redmond, WA