I don’t typically blog about airline business deals, airline safety, and decisions made by the Departments of Transportation or Justice, or decisions they may make in the future.  I’ve got my reasons, and a little judicious googling would yield an answer as to why that’s the way I do things.  Of course, if I ever meet you in person, I’ll gladly explain why.  That said, I cannot let today’s announcement that Southwest Airlines is buying Air Tran pass by without saying anything.

I don’t fly Air Tran as a matter of personal preference, but I do fly Southwest from time to time.  Let’s face it, I think that today’s announcement may be just about the biggest deal in the history of domestic airline travel.  I’m a little loathe to use cute buzzwords like “game changer” but that’s exactly what this is.  I may not say much about the whole thing on the blog, but you can rest assured that I will be watching this deal move forward with great interest, and a little bit of envy for the folks who are making it happen.  And if I ever do meet you in person, I’ll be glad to discuss why I feel the way I do about this deal.