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  • Southwest Airlines to fly to Ja , July 1

    As of July 1, Southwest airlines will start flying to Jamaica.
    The announcement, complete with steel drums playing at a news conference in Dallas, was hailed as historic by Southwest officials who noted that the 43-year-old carrier was created to focus on domestic service.
    Southwest is the largest domestic airline in the United States.
    The international service will also mark a significant milestone in Southwest’s merger with one-time rival, AirTran, as Southwest integrates that carrier’s overseas routes.
    Come July, AirTran will continue flying internationally, operating flights between Chicago and Montego Bay but by the end of the year all international service by AirTran will shift over to Southwest.
    u so fake, even China denied mekking u

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    smaddy could a tell dem dat is not steel drums dem should a play but some reggae…feb
    u so fake, even China denied mekking u

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      Southwest, which grew to carry more domestic passengers than any U.S. airline, began selling tickets Monday for international flights, the start of a significant shift for the low-cost domestic carrier.
      Starting July 1, travelers will for the first time be able to fly Southwest to Aruba, Jamaica and the Bahamas, setting up stiff competition with larger carriers that serve those areas now, analysts say.
      The announcement, complete with steel drums playing at a news conference at Southwest's Dallas headquarters, was hailed as historic by Southwest officials who noted that the 43-year-old carrier was created to focus on domestic service.
      "To make that shift in strategy has taken a huge effort,'' said Gary Kelly, Southwest's president and CEO. But, he added, as a leading domestic carrier, it was time "that we think about stepping out.''
      Southwest will have daily, non-stop flights between Atlanta and Aruba and Montego Bay in Jamaica, as well as between Baltimore and Aruba, and Nassau in the Bahamas. There will be twice a day flights between Baltimore and Montego Bay, and on Saturdays only between Orlando and Aruba and Montego Bay.
      A key reason Southwest bought its one-time rival, AirTran, in 2011 was to help it push into international markets. The three Caribbean destinations announced Monday mark the beginning of Southwest integrating AirTran's overseas routes.
      "It's tangible proof of the progress of the merger,'' said Henry Harteveldt, aviation expert at Hudson Crossing.
      Come July, AirTran will continue to fly internationally, operating flights between Chicago's Midway Airport and Montego Bay, Jamaica, for instance. But by the end of the year all international service by AirTran will shift over to Southwest.
      International travel is outpacing domestic when it comes to growth, spurring U.S. carriers to increasingly focus overseas to boost profits. And Southwest sees the low fares that have helped make it successful in the U.S. having similar appeal for travelers flying abroad.
      "Most of these routes are overfared,'' Bob Jordan, Southwest's executive vice president and chief commercial officer, said during the news conference. "It's a very substantial opportunity for Southwest Airlines. ... It's a big, big component of our growth strategy.''
      Southwest began building its first international terminal, at Houston's William P. Hobby Airport, in September.
      While Southwest still won't compete on a global level with its larger network peers, Harteveldt said Southwest may give carriers like Delta and JetBlue a run for their money with its new flights to the Caribbean.
      "Obviously they offer fares that people find attractive and affordable,'' he said. "And Southwest backs it up with amenities like free checked baggage. ... Southwest has a loyal base of customers and no doubt will be a very, very strong competitor in this region.''
      Harteveldt said he's also curious to see where else Southwest will spread its wings, beyond the overseas destinations already served by AirTran.
      "I'm interested to see where in a year or so we start to see Southwest ... add new flights to new destinations that were not previously operated by AirTran,'' he said. Harteveldt added that there might be opportunities for new flights from Phoenix to Mexico, for instance, or between Houston and parts of South America.
      Southwest officials said Monday that the focus this year will be on completing its integration of planes, crews and flights with AirTran. But it may launch service to additional overseas destinations in 2015.
      Last edited by evanovitch; 01-27-2014, 08:51 PM.
      u so fake, even China denied mekking u

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        BWI to MoBay

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          Originally posted by Peasie View Post
          BWI to MoBay

          AND TWICE A DAY

          #onthefirstflightoutofbwijuly1
          Open arms to change, but don't let go of your values...

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            What happen to Kingston

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            • #7
              Originally posted by MsExced View Post
              What happen to Kingston
              Most of them going after vacationers.
              Out of Many One People Online
              http://www.jamaicans.com

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              • #8
                Wi all look alike

                Originally posted by evanovitch View Post
                smaddy could a tell dem dat is not steel drums dem should a play but some reggae…feb
                JA.com member #946 for LIFE!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by MsExced View Post
                  What happen to Kingston
                  Dats anneda country!

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                    Just checked out flights in July - around $450 round trip BWI to MBJ. And two checked bags free.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by MsExced View Post
                      What happen to Kingston
                      Nat even Kingstonians nat going to Kingston never mine any bady else
                      You cannot change the people around you. But you can change the people you are around.

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                        What you saying a Kingston a carry the swing where the best parties are kept

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Peasie View Post
                          Just checked out flights in July - around $450 round trip BWI to MBJ. And two checked bags free.
                          How does that compare to other carriers?
                          7/5th of all people do not understand fractions.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by MsExced View Post
                            What happen to Kingston
                            same me dang ting mi a ask, if you know how excited I got....cho.. And every flight mi go on to Kingston jammed pack so dem could very well mek money. What happen when the plane dem use to stop a mobay den fly on to Kingston dem cyaan do dat? Why all di airlines a fight mi dung? WHY!!
                            Psalm 27: The Lord is my Light and my Salvation whom shall I fear?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Peasie View Post
                              BWI to MoBay
                              Chances are you are not gaining a thing. Air Tran already flew from BWI to Mobay. SW and Air Tran have merged.

                              This means that the Air Tran flight will now become the SW flight? ....Air Tran took over the Air Jamaica route when Air Jamaica went belly up. Same flight(s) different airline?
                              'A simple way to take measure of a country is to look at how many want in.. And how many want out...'

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