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Archive for September, 2008

Applause–Not Needed but Appreciated

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If you fly on Southwest Airlines regularly, chances are you’ve probably been on a flight where the cabin breaks into applause upon landing. This happens from time-to-time for various reasons. Often, it’s in response to a “sporty” approach in gusty winds or bad weather that has the Passengers who are not “comfortable fliers” clutching their armrests until touchdown.... read more

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Added Flying for Thanksgiving

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Heads-up, Turkey-day travellers!  We just added some extra sections for the Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving in some markets to meet Customer demand (thanks, Bob J. in Schedule Planning and Allan K. in Revenue Management!).  It's not a lot of flights--we're a little constrained on aircraft availability for the Thanksgiving period, but we worked creatively with our... read more

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This is a song that never ends….

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“When I grow up…” that musical masterpiece by the Pussycat Dolls, has been playing over and over in my head for about a week now…and I’m about at my wit’s end.  It’s not that it’s a bad song (or a particularly good one) but for some reason, the high pitched part of the chorus that goes “Be careful what you wish for cuz’ you just might get it, cuz’ you... read more

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How To Get Hired At SWA 101

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I suppose anyone who works in a human resources department at any large company sees a lot of people in varying sorts of need and desire. For any given job posting, there could be hundreds of applicants or maybe just a handful. Of those applicants, there are some who really want the job, and others who really need the job. Regardless of want or need, the recruiters have to... read more

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You Never Know What the Future Holds

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Not too long ago my family and I were eating at Pei Wei, an Asian restaurant. Just like routine, at the end of the meal we all opened our fortune cookies. We go around the table and share our fortunes. When it was my turn I started to read, “You have a love for words you should write a book.” I laughed and said, “in my spare time!”   When I was back at work, I... read more

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Leavin’ Las Vegas

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Well, I didn't get back with you as quickly as I wanted, but Blog Boy and all of the Emerging Media Team have left the building (the Las Vegas Convention Center).  We had a great time meeting new and old friends at BlogWorld, and it was amazing to see the videos our three Blog-o-spondent finalists, Ori, Abigail, and Kaci, put together in 24 hours.  The winner was Kaci... read more

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Fabulous Las Vegas

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That's right, a large number of the Southwest Blog Team are here in Fabulous Vegas at BlogWorld.  We are waiting for the event to open so we can introduce the Blog-o-spondent Finalists to everyone and to give them their final assignment.  Steve Heaser, the voice of Red Belly Radio will be hosting the ceremony, and the finalists have until tomorrow to create their video. ... read more

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Fabulous Las Vegas

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That's right, a large number of the Southwest Blog Team are here in Fabulous Vegas at BlolgWorld.  We are waiting for the event to open so we can introduce the Blog-o-spondent Finalists to the everyone and to give them their final assignment.  Steve Heaser, the voice of Red Belly Radio will be hosting the ceremony, and the finalists have until tomorrow to create their... read more

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It seems it really does take a rocket scientist

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“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist…” How many times have you heard that hackneyed expression meaning “You don’t have to be as smart as…” You’ve probably even used it. (As we all have—not singling you out as a hackneyed expression user) Yes, we seem to hold rocket scientists above most others. No one says “It doesn’t take a CPA or a Doctor or a plumber... read more

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SOMETHING NEW IN MOTOWN

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There’s a smell of something new in the air at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport.  What is it?  It’s the smell of the brand new $431 million North Terminal, which is Southwest Airlines' new home (beginning today) in Detroit.  The North Terminal will replace the Smith Terminal, which was built back in 1957. I recently attended an open house for the new terminal,... read more

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