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Archive for July, 2010

Flashback Fridays–A Historical Admiration for Southwest Airlines Flight Attendants

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Southwest Airlines Flight Attendants have always been great ambassadors of our Company and our Brand.  One of my other duties besides managing this blog is serving as our “archivist.”  In the latter roll, I have received a lot of recent requests for photos from the 1970s of our Flight Attendants. These requests have come from publications as different as The Wall... read more

The Joey Journals

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Southwest Airlines, probably like most large companies, buys a lot of stuff. In addition to fuel and aircraft,  we need computers, carpet, copiers and everything else it takes to run an airline. On this episode of Red Belly Radio, I sat down with Joey from our Purchasing department to see what kind of things go on there. Most of you are probably saying, “hmmm, probably... read more

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Philadelphia Phillies Trade Places with Southwest Airlines Employees

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Two Philadelphia Phillies players entered the “major leagues” of airlines as they traded places with Southwest Airlines Ground Ops Employees Tuesday at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). Phillies outfielders Shane Victorino and Ben Francisco, along with broadcasters Larry Andersen, Scott Franzke, Gary Matthews Sr., Tom McCarthy and Scott Palmer made gate... read more

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Southwest Airlines Addresses Misinterpretation Regarding Contract of Carriage

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Some of you may have noticed recent news stories regarding a minor change that we made to our Contract of Carriage(CoC) verbiage, regarding Force Majeure Events. Unfortunately, early news coverage misinterpreted the language of the revision and led to quite a bit of confusion for our Customers. Southwest has never defined Force Majeure Events in our CoC, so the verbiage is... read more

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Southwest Airlines Interns Share the Spirit

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For the LUV of the Lake Equipped with trash bags, shovels and metal rakes, the Southwest Interns took on the summer heat to Share the Spirit with the Dallas community. This week, the Southwest Airlines summer Interns participated in the first all-Intern community service project in the history of the program. I was one of about 30 Southwest Interns who got their hands... read more

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The moments that change our lives… “Why, Hello Mr. President”

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Jim Chavez, the Exeuctive Director of the Latin American Educational Foundation in Colorado is our guest blogger.    I recently had an amazing experience. Our organization, the Latin American Educational Foundation (LAEF), was invited to visit the White House and participate in the arrival ceremony welcoming Mexican President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa and his wife... read more

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Oshkosh Countdown–Air Venture 2010 Begins

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Over the weekend, most of the airplanes arrived, and today (July 26) is the first official day of Air Venture 2010 in Oshkosh, with mass arrivals of several types of aircraft.  Tonight the rock group Chicago will be on stage with the opening performance, but today is all about the aircraft. On our end, we are wrapping up the loose ends and are very excited about our... read more

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Spreading a little Southwest LUV in South Korea

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If you happen to find yourself in Dapsimni-dong, a neighborhood in Seoul, South Korea, don’t be surprised if you see some Southwest Airlines inflatable hats flying around on the heads of some the cutest kindergarten students you’ve even seen!   Let me explain.   As I was putting together a "care package" a couple of months ago to ship to my sister, Jill, I... read more

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Oshkosh Countdown–Salute to Veterans

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After blogging about our participation in the 2010 Air Venture in Oshkosh, we took a look at the vintage airliners that will be at this year’s show.  With this update, let’s turn our attention to military aviation : This year's Air Venture theme is Salute to Veterans, and that salute is taking place both on the ground and in the air.  Actor Gary Sinise and his... read more

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Southwest Airlines One Report: Our Planet

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Reporting on Southwest Airlines’ environmental efforts has been a work in progress.  That work began with our first venture into public environmental reporting--our Southwest Airlines Environmental Stewardship Report published in 2007.  We improved on that effort in 2008 with our Southwest Cares Report in which we began to showcase our sustainability efforts from an... read more

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