1. Why do Southwest Airlines flights seem to always have their numbers?
2. Why don't other airlines adopt the Southwest system? It seems to be working.
3. How often do you think these "delays for numbers" are blamed on "ATC delays?"
Just thinking outloud.
1: Good old pencil and paper... (Southwest uses computers for W&B now, simple PCs at airport OPS)
2: Why use pencil and paper if you have an overloaded central mainframe?
Delegating trust to remote employees... *YUCK*
3: I've heard "we're waiting on some paperwork" several times in the plane.
Had a "We have a one hour delay due to ATC computer failure today."
Two relevant links to the Southwest blog:http://www.blogsouthwest.com/2006/06/06/the-kiss-theorykeep-it-simple-southwest/http://www.blogsouthwest.com/2007/09/13/dont-knock-a-green-cake-til-youve-had-one/