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Wind From the Southwest: Ill News for Boeing?

Rich Smith
September 28, 2010

It's bad enough that Boeing (NYSE: BA  ) has -- apparently -- been caving in right and left on pricing demands internationally. But now comes Forbes, commenting on the news that Southwest (NYSE: LUV  ) will snap up AirTran (NYSE: AAI  ) , and predicting that a bigger Southwest's increased buying heft will help it wring similar concessions out of Boeing.

Yesterday, my Foolish colleague Tim Beyers regaled you with what Southwest's AirTran purchase means to rivals like UAL Corp. (Nasdaq: UAUA  ) and Continental. In essence, the merger makes Southwest a stronger competitor to Delta (NYSE: DAL