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Archive for July, 2011

Flashback Fridays—Some Odds and Ends

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While I am at AirVenture 2011 in Oshkosh this week, I thought I would share three photos that, when shown together, are unrelated, but individually they tell a story of our early days. This first photo shows the unassuming entrance to the ticketing wing after it was relocated to baggage claim when the other airlines moved to DFW.  The Southwest Counter is just to... read more

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2010 One Report: Our Current Performance

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This is the second in a series of posts about our just-released integrated annual report, the 2010 Southwest Airlines One Report™, where we have illustrated our commitment to a triple bottomline and how our passion and focus on Performance, People, and Planet continues to propel us forward.I’m sure many of you joined me in saying, “Whew!”, as we... read more

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Oshkosh AirVenture Plane of the Day: Boeing B-29 Superfortress Bomber

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To be in the presence of this airplane is pretty surreal, for a number of reasons.  This Boeing B-29 Superfortress Bomber, named "Fifi," is currently the only one in the entire world fit enough to fly.  More than two dozen of these planes are in aviation museums, and other museums around the world.  They will likely stay on land forever, no longer able to make... read more

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Oshkosh AirVenture (Second) Plane of the Day: WACO YMF-5D Biplane

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This is what I envision pilots like Amelia Earhart or Dick Dastardly piloting, with silk scarves, goggles and leather flying helmets.  And that's exactly how the WACO Classic is marketed: a vintage flying experience.  It's an open cockpit, bi-winged aircraft that does a variety of acrobatics, and combs the ground low enough to smell the roses. This particular... read more

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Southwest Announces First 10 Winners for Showing LUV to our Communities 1,600 Ticket Giveaway

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Just two weeks ago, we announced a very exciting ticket giveaway in honor of Southwest’s 40th anniversary to spread the LUV even further to the communities we serve in 72 cities across our system.  Nonprofit organizations focused on community initiatives that concentrate on education, diversity, military, environment, and families facing serious illness... read more

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Oshkosh AirVenture Plane of the Day: P-3 Orion

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Warbirds. NASA geographical research planes. Experimental Cessnas.  Not my usual vernacular. Yes, I work for an airline, and I've become increasingly interested in aviation.  But at Oshkosh, I don't even qualify as a novice.  I'm practically in the womb--I know nothing.  I'm a guppie swimming with the dolphins: insignificant and infinitely less... read more

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SCHEDULES EXTENDED TO MARCH 9, 2012

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We extended our schedule this morning to March 9th of next year, giving us 228 days of bookable inventory.  And there are some changes, but I’m sure you guys expected that!  This is actually two pieces of schedule work in one—the January 8-February 11 schedule is completely different from the February 12-March 9 one—making reporting about this new schedule... read more

Flashback Fridays: Our First Dispatch Office

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I’m excited because Flashback Friday is on a roll of finding images hidden for decades.  Last week, we found some photos of Reservations Agents from 1974, and a short while back, we had Mechanics in our original hangar.  Well this week, we have some amazing candid photos of our original Dispatch office.  Like our CS&S (formerly Reservations) folks,... read more

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Genuine Leadership

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Southwest is known for leading the aviation industry, for its Customer Service and for its amazing workforce.  But, did you know that we are also known to be the best in the Communication industry? Our very own, Ginger Hardage, Senior Vice President of Culture and Communication, was recently selected by PR Week as one of the top 50 Leaders in the 2011 Power List:... read more

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Special Dish Trip Edition: Beer in Boston

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Traveling in the name of food is what we do at DishTrip, but we additionally love traveling in order to tackle new brews across state lines.  So, when we caught wind that Beer Advocate was hosting their 4th Annual American Craft Beer Festival inside Boston's Seaport World Trade Center in June, we couldn't deny speeding from Philadelphia to Boston to slurp our way through... read more

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