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Archive for January, 2009

Bottom’s up!

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The question "May I get you something to drink?" can often spark a panicky fear in some people's hearts. The decision to choose amongst a bevy of beverages is often too overwhelming. They'll stammer a quick, "Uhhh...no thank you" before immediately regretting their answer. Once out of the decision spotlight, they'll calmly reflect on how refreshing an icy... read more

Sunday Sunday Sunday

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Cue the Monday Night Football music! Oh yes, it is that time of the year where the world gathers together with friends and family to watch some comical commercials, and catch that little game, that the person who sits next to me, refers to as, "the biggest day to cook chili."  Two great teams come together to duke out who is the best football team in the... read more

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Phil? Phil Connors? Timely Thoughts on Groundhog Day

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“I've been stabbed, shot, poisoned, frozen, hung, electrocuted, and burned,” Phil Connors (Bill Murray) tells his assistant Rita (Andie MacDowell). He goes on to tell her, "I'm a god. I'm not 'the' God... I don't think."  And you thought the movie Groundhog Day was about rodents seeing their shadows didn’t you?  Well, it is, but it is also the greatest... read more

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Blended Winglets. They Don’t Just Look Cool!

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One of the dedicated Red Belly Radio listeners actually took me up on my suggestion and sent a show idea. And just to prove I actually read those emails I thought I’d try to get an answer. John Arvin wanted to know more about the winglets on our aircraft and I think I found an answer. No one would know better than the folks in our Maintenance Operation Center so I sat down... read more

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Something special in the air…

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We've all had those days when we've woken up on the wrong side of the bed, had an extra helping of grumpy for breakfast, and then stubbed our toe on the way out the door. On days like this, it's easy to let that bad mood dissipate into everything you do: greeting your coworker's cheery "good morning!" with a grunt, scowling at your monitor, or perhaps taking the... read more

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Keeping Our Intrastate Roots

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Most everyone knows that Southwest Airlines started our airline life as an intrastate carrier, flying between three Texas cities: Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston. Since that day in June of 1971, we've grown far beyond the borders of the Lone Star State--our "red-bellied warbirds" serve 64 airports (soon, with the addition of Minneapolis/St. Paul, 65!) airports in... read more

Electric Slide Occurring in Gate B7

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We're back from the 11:00 a.m. ceremony. Chris Wahlenmaier, Vice President of Ground Operations, presented the airport with a model SWA Boeing 737-700 plane. Carol Lowe, deputy director of aviation for MSY, and Mary Beth Romig, New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau Director of Communications and Public Relations were also in attendance. Then the disco ball started... read more

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King cake! Get your King cake!

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10:15 a.m.: The crowds are slowly trickling in, and the DJ has just arrived. I've spent the past hour frantically cutting King cake for hungry Customers and Employees alike. As is King Cake tradition, there's a plastic baby hidden inside each doughnut-shaped treat. Usually the person who receives the baby has to bring the King Cake to the next party. But this time, they'll be... read more

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Super Fly since ’79!

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Get ready for some live blogging as Christi Day and I spend the day at New Orleans Louisiana's (NOLA) Airport MSY to celebrate Southwest's 30 years of service here.  Home to jazz, po' boys, and Mardi Gras, this day is guaranteed to be anything but boring. We caught the first flight out of DAL at 6:55 and just arrived at 8:15. We were greeted by go-go girls, disco dancers,... read more

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A Tribute to Southwest Airlines Ground Operations Employees

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I remember being blasted awake one morning to the sound of the local weatherman cheerfully announcing another day of sub-zero temperatures and snow.  I looked at the time:  03:45 AM.  While the news continued, I threw back the warm covers, shrugged off the chill, and chuckled at the fact that this guy was going to spend the next eight hours sipping coffee and reporting the... read more

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