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Archive for October, 2011

An Experiment Gone Wrong

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The anticipation’s been killing you!  For more than a month now, you’ve been wondering what Gary and the Gang would be for Halloween.  Did you suggest the winning costume?  There were several ideas from Customers on Nuts about Southwest, and the post about Gary’s Halloween costume on our internal site has more comments from Employees than any other post.... read more

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Snakes on a Plane: Now Showing at a HOU Gate Near You

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You may not think of fine décor when you think of Maintenance, but here in Houston Maintenance, we’ve got decorating down to a fine art.   We take a lot of pride in our entries in the Company’s gate-decorating contests during the holidays, and it shows. I don’t mean to brag, but this year we led the Maintenance category for both our “40 Years... read more

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Happy Halloween: 2011 Edition!

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Halloween is in full effect here at Southwest Airlines Headquarters.  Why do we LUV Halloween so much?  It’s a great way for us to be a little kooky, crazy, and have FUN at work!  It’s also a great chance to bring out our competitive side.   Every year we turn our Headquarters into a Haunted Headquarters.  All departments are eligible can... read more

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Flashback Fridays: The Last Boeing 717 Ends a Proud Era

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Take a look at the postcard photo above from Los Angeles International in the 1950s.  Do you see a pattern?  Well, obviously there are no jets, but look again.  Every airplane in the photo was made in Southern California.  The Douglas DC-6s and DC-7s were made at Santa Monica, the TWA Lockheed Super Constellation at Burbank, and the American and Western... read more

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MilePoint Chat: Transcript From Thursday, Oct 20 8 – 9pm CST

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UPDATE: Thanks to all of you who tuned in on Thursday to ask questions about our Rapid Rewards program during the live milepoint chat.  In the event you weren’t able to join (I mean, there was a little baseball game called the World Series on), please feel free to click here for the replay.  I’ve very much enjoyed hearing from our Members, and I look... read more

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PVD’s a Middle-Teen (And That Rocks!)

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The year is 1996. Just about everyone is doing the Macarena; Tom Cruise is being ordered to “Show Me the Mooneeeey”; and Southwest Airlines has just begun service at T.F. Green Airport in Providence, RI. That’s right, we’ve spent 15 wonderful years in Providence, and we’ve celebrated throughout the month of October. We kicked off the anniversary month as an... read more

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Beating Breast Cancer

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My story began three years ago, when I went for my annual mammogram.  I will preface this by saying I have no family history of breast cancer and have had normal mammograms for 10 years.  During the procedure, the technician brought to my attention a lump in my left breast and asked if I had noticed it before that appointment.  I had not been aware of it, even... read more

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Kids These Days

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How often have you heard that phrase?  I’m sure every generation has said it at one point, but then the kids prove us wrong—like in the program, Do the Write Thing Challenge.  Southwest Airlines is a national sponsor of this program and provides passes for the ambassadors and their families.  This initiative brings together community, business, and... read more

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A Night With The Fray

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Southwest Airlines traveled to New York City this week for an intimate performance featuring the multi-platinum rock band, The Fray. In the heart of New York City’s Lower East Side, guests packed the Angel Orensanz Center for a special performance at one of New York’s oldest and most beautiful synagogues.  Throughout the show, the Denver-based band performed... read more

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Station Manager Playoffs Challenge

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Being born and raised a Cubs fan, playing baseball through the middle of October is something unknown to me. September always brings the same shrug, “Maybe next year,” and my insistence that it’s football season.  However, after recently moving to Dallas, I have found myself in the middle of Ranger Nation, where winning, unlike my Cubs, isn’t anything new. Now... read more

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