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Archive for June, 2009

Freedom, Fireworks, and the Fourth of July

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What comes to mind when you think of Independence Day?  The first things that come to my mind are fireworks, parades, and picnics, just to name a few!  After I think about all of the FUN stuff that goes along with the day, then I think about the true meaning of the holiday.  The Fourth of July is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of... read more

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Freedom to Fly

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I love the fact that I work for a Company that gives people the Freedom to Fly.  This Independence Day, we will be giving one lucky contest winner the Freedom to Fly for the first time ever at the young age of 51!    I've had so much fun helping Judy Vincent, our Music City July 4 Flyaway contest winner, plan her trip to Nashville.   Judy will be jetting off to... read more

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We’ve got a gate. And we’re not afraid to use it.

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“New York, New York: a city so wonderful, you have to say it twice” said Bill DeCota, the Director of Aviation for the Port of New York/New Jersey at the press conference on Sunday morning, June 28th at the brand-spanking new Southwest Airlines Ticket Counter at LaGuardia (LGA) . The long-awaited arrival of the low-cost, lotsa LUV airline into the Big Apple was here at... read more

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A New York State of Mind

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I was walking down the streets of New York City, rollerbag in one hand and my cell phone navigation in the other.  I needed to find my hotel, but I didn't want to look like some tourist without a clue so I was walking with a mission.  I had full confidence that I was going to get where I needed to go, even though I was completely lost and intimidated.  Well, as I was... read more

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The University of Texas Flying Club Reflects on their Love Field Trip

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The University of Texas Flying Club recently visited our Headquarters campus here in Dallas:    Dear Southwest, Words can't describe how grateful we are for the experience of touring the Southwest Airlines facilities in Dallas, TX.  We never thought we'd be able to see as much as we did, but everyone was so welcoming and gave us free rein to ask questions, take... read more

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Our Own Version of the Oscars

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There’s no red carpet, no little gold statues, and-thankfully--no Joan and Melissa Rivers—just more than 2,500 Employees (who clean up very nicely, I might add) and guests at the Sheraton Dallas for an evening they will never forget.  This year 3,239 Employees are celebrating ten, 20, 25, 30, and 35 years with Southwest Airlines, and what better way to honor their... read more

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Summer Travel Is Here. HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE????

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At the risk of sounding like the AARP-membership-eligible male that I am....time is just going by faster and faster. It's already the fourth week of June.  How on earth is that possible???  Wasn't Easter just recently?  Wasn't Christmas a month or so ago?  I guess I need to make my plans for Memorial Day.....OH WAIT....that was a month ago! My Mom (still miss her!)... read more

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38th “BBBBirthday Bash” Southwest Airlines Style!

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Compare this year's Birthday Celebration to our first birthday, held 37 years ago in 1972.    For more than a decade now, we have been officially celebrating the birth of our Company with an annual Birthday Bash in Dallas and this year was no exception.  Hosted by The Spirit of Dallas (an all Employee volunteer group), “Burgers & Beer Birthday Bash...on a... read more

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Our First Flight & the Bovine Challenge

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With our 38th anniversary last week, I dug out this interview for Red Belly Radio that I have been saving. Bob Phillips has made a career as the Texas Country Reporter, a syndicated TV show that has been on in a number of markets in Texas for years. He travels the back roads of the Lone Star State and reports stories of ordinary people doing interesting things. Bob is an... read more

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Our First Anniversary, A Look Back

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As most of you know, last week, we celebrated our 38th Birthday on June 18.  We had several big public and Employee events, starting with our annual Awards Banquet, to celebrate this milestone, and in a post later today, we will show you this year's Birthday Bash.  There is no question that we currently are in a very difficult time for our industry.  However, for our... read more