Is Southwest’s Acquisition of AirTran Helping its Online Presence Take Off?
Image from: Plane Taking Off / Shutterstock With generally slim profit margins, airlines must do whatever possible to remain competitive. Southwest decided that meant buying AirTran, now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Southwest. The acquisition agreement was signed May 2, 2011 with the mission of improving the business, in part through better economies of scale. Since then, routes have been consolidated and integration of frequent flyer programs is under way. But