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Archive for February, 2011

Celebrating the 14th year of ADOPT-A-PILOT®

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For the past three years, I have had the privilege of watching the magic of the Adopt-A-Pilot program from a front-row seat.  I have received letters from grateful teachers, who are amazed that a Corporation would take the time and effort to provide materials and volunteers to come to their classroom free of charge.  Letters have come from Pilots who have been... read more

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Black History Month: Education is Empowerment

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In celebration of Black History Month, my Team, the Southwest Airlines Community Affairs & Grassroots Department sponsored The Washington Informer First Annual African American Heritage Tour in the District of Columbia.  Nicole Watson and her family receive the grand prize from Karen.Two of the 600 participants took home the grand prize of two roundtrip Southwest... read more

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Flashback Fridays: A Few Words About Jet Engines

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Along with our 40th anniversary this year, we should be celebrating another almost forgotten 75th anniversary.  On January 27, 1936, Frank Whittle and three other English investors formed Power Jets, Ltd. to make and market jet aircraft engines.  Whittle was a career Royal Air Force officer who had a unique eye on the future.  He patented his design for the jet... read more

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Going Green: Doing Our Part on the Ground

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Doing our part—it’s important for Southwest Airlines to be a good neighbor in not only the communities we currently serve, but where our canyon blue planes will soon touch down for the first time.  March will be a busy month for Southwest as we open three new cities—Greenville/Spartanburg (GSP) and Charleston (CHS) on March 13, and Newark (EWR) on March 27.  On... read more

Shane Victorino: A Phantastic, Philanthropic Phillie

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Philadelphia Phillies’ centerfielder Shane Victorino isn’t a newbie to success.  As a senior in high school, he was named Hawaii’s state track and field champion.  An overall athlete, Shane quickly worked his way up to the majors in 2003 with the San Diego Padres and signed with the Phillies in 2005.  Since joining the Phillies, he has captured three Gold... read more

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Caption Contest: Adele Lights Up the Stage in L.A.

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What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you see the words Adele, secret, and Los Angeles in the same sentence? If you thought The Artists Den, then you’re on to something! Get ready for the latest secret show from Southwest’s partner The Artists Den this Friday, Feb. 25, at an amazing venue in LA. At this exclusive concert, Adele will wow guests with... read more

The Origins of Black History Month

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Black History Month as we know it now, began in 1926 as Negro History Week, founded by Dr. Carter G. Woodson. He never saw it as a one-week-a-year affair but something to be taught constantly. He believed that Black History was too important to America and the world to be crammed into a limited time frame. Dr. Woodson looked forward to the time when an annual celebration would... read more

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Three Spots: A Flight Attendant Social Experiment

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Here's an idea for a reality show: Take three people who rarely work with the same people for more than a few days and trap them with their coworkers in a sealed container with over a hundred people who need to travel somewhere for some reason. See how the workers interact with each other and with the travelers.  There are some amazing interactions that take place.... read more

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Black History Month: Diversity at Southwest Airlines

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During Black History month, I take pride in acknowledging our Great Leaders who began the “Journey to Freedom.” Those freedoms include the freedom to education, the advancement of humanity, the understanding that one’s civility becomes the character of one’s existence. I began my career as a Flight Attendant with SWA in 1990, and as an African American, my... read more

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Reflections on President’s Day

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As a lover of US colonial history, George Washington’s birthday is special for me not only because it is a reason for teachers to give a special lesson about Valley Forge or wooden teeth, but also because my dad shares his birthday with our first President. While we were living in the DC area, my dad, who is also passionate about history, and I went to Mount Vernon in honor... read more

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