Hoping Southwest Airlines and other airlines are going to discount flights to woo travelers when the beleaguered Boeing 737 Max returns?
Don’t count on it – at least not when it comes to Southwest, executives said during the airline’s earnings conference call Thursday.
“At this point, there’s no notion of discounting Max flights,” Southwest President Tom Nealon told reporters. “That’s not in our consideration set at this point.”
Nealon acknowledged that Southwest’s research into whether travelers are willing to fly the Max again is a mixed bag. But he said the “vast majority” of travelers plan to fly it the same as they have in the past and that some travelers said they will fly it more frequently.
“The thought being, it’s actually going to be the safest plane out there with all the scrutiny,” he explained.