11.5.05

No Big Deal

The Governor showed up. But it was not what we thought:

DFW International Airport to Host a 'Lone Star First' as Dallas Symphony and Fort Worth Symphony Come Together in Celebration of New International Terminal DedicationThursday

May 5, 4:00 pm ET

Two World Class Orchestras Perform Together for First Time Ever Ushering in a New Era of World Class Travel

DFW INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Texas, May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- DFW International Airport's new International Terminal D will be the site of an historic event even before it opens to millions of passengers. DFW announced today that the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (FWSO) will join together on one stage for the first time ever in their combined 180-year history as part of International Terminal D's dedication on June 13, 2005. International Terminal D will be the largest international airline terminal opened anywhere in the world in more than six years and will be one of the most business-friendly and passenger-focused facilities ever built.

SWA had a press conference yesterday too!

Southwest Airlines Invites Public to Say Wright Amendment is Wrong

Download this press release as an Adobe PDF document.

Southwest Employees rally behind anti-Wright Amendment Web site.

Dallas, TX
May 5, 2005 -- Today, Southwest Airlines Employees gathered at the airline's Headquarters Building in Dallas to celebrate Southwest's latest tool in educating consumers on the importance of repealing the Wright Amendment, www.setlovefree.com. Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly, President Colleen Barrett, and Senior Vice President Law, Airports, and Public Affairs Ron Ricks lead the festivities, declaring May 5 "Set Love Free Day" for Southwest Airlines Employees.

For downloadable photos of the event, please visit: http://www.southwest.com/about_swa/press/050505_setlovefree_photos.html

For screen shots of setlovefree.com, please visit: http://www.southwest.com/about_swa/press/050505_setlovefree.html

The Web site will be used to educate the public on the Wright Amendment and to keep consumers informed on the airline's efforts surrounding the issue. Eventually, the web site will be used as a call to action for consumers who support repeal of the Wright Amendment.

"We have heard from a number of people who want more information about the Wright Amendment," said Susan Goodman, Southwest Airlines Director of Legislative Awareness.

"Setlovefree.com will help us to educate consumers on the amendment and to update them on our efforts to get it repealed." Within the first few hours of setlovefree.com going live, more than 600 users have registered on the web site's "Action E-List."

This list is used to communicate updates and action alerts regarding Southwest Airlines fight to repeal the Wright Amendment.

Southwest Airlines, the nation's largest carrier in terms of domestic passengers enplaned, currently serves 60 airports in 31 states. Based in Dallas, Southwest currently operates nearly 3,000 flights a day and has 31,000+ Employees systemwide.

AA weighs in...

And what they have to say is exactly what we would have expected. We particularly enjoyed the underscored quote from VP John Carpenter. Would he moon over the consultants had they come back in favor of repeal? It's possible but not highly likely. Here's the release:

Press Release
American Airlines

American Concurs With Study on Potential Wright Repeal ImpactTuesday

FORT WORTH -- After a preliminary study of SH&E's analysis of the impact of a potential repeal of the Wright Amendment, American Airlines believes it validates the company's long-held position that a repeal would result in a disastrous setback to North Texas' growth and progress.

"SH&E is a highly respected organization in the aviation community," said John Carpenter, American's Vice President of Corporate Affairs. "The study appears to be very thorough and its conclusions are consistent with what we have said would result from a repeal of the Wright Amendment. In fact, the study may even be conservative in some respects."

American Airlines continues to support the community coalition of the North Texas Commission, DFW International Airport, the mayors of Dallas and Fort Worth, as well as others who oppose damaging North Texas' aviation infrastructure.

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The Governor is coming!

No editorials yet. But look at this:

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
Rick Perry
FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION
MEDIA ADVISORY
For Wednesday, May 11
Gov. Rick Perry will make an important economic development announcement at the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport on Wednesday, May 11.

Wednesday, May 11 3:00 p.m. – DFW Airport
Gov. Perry to make an important economic development announcementDallas Fort Worth International AirportTerminal DInternational Parkway
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Not sure what it will be. But we have an idea. Probably it will have something to do with talking up the importance of DFW in landing another corporation in Texas. Extra tax breaks can be arranged for any company directing their media relations people to include lines such as that underscored below. Here is the item from the AP wire:

AP-TX--Fluor Move
Engineering giant plans to move headquarters to N. Texas

DALLAS (AP) _ Fluor Corporation has announced that it plans to move its corporate headquarters from Southern California to North Texas. The Fortune 500 engineering and construction firm says it chose the Dallas-Forth Worth area because of its central location and international airport. Fluor also wanted to be located closer to its major customers in Texas and on the East Coast, which makes up about 80 percent of its North American revenue. The company plans to move by early 2006. Based on revenue, Fluor would be the 13th largest firm based in North Texas. It employs about 30-thousand people worldwide in 25 countries.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)