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Archive for September, 2012

Flashback Fridays: A Look at a Hostess of the Month

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During the 1970s, our Flight Attendants were the stars of our publicity efforts.  In our archives, we have publicity files on each Flight Attendant who was hired up until the late 1970s.  In many of the files—especially the earliest ones, there is biographical information for each Employee, including the name of her hometown paper.  Many of the early Flight... read more

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The Best Job—Helping Grant Miracles

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I have the best job in the world.  For the past five years, I have had the privilege to manage Southwest’s Medical Transportation Grant Program since its inception where I work with hospitals and medical organizations to help grant miracles every day. Through Southwest’s unique program, we offer free, roundtrip tickets on Southwest to patients needing to travel... read more

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A Lifelong Aviation Enthusiast

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Ramp Agent Bill Todd’s lifelong fascination with aviation began when he was just a child. “My father was in the Air Force, and I lived on military bases for a large portion of my childhood,” Bill said. “Seeing planes every day and going to base air shows in the summertime really piqued my interest.” Although other pursuits began to occupy his time as he grew up, Bill... read more

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Say Yes to the Inflight Dress!

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Coming soon to a runway near you, cute and stylish dresses for our Flight Attendants!  The Southwest Airlines Flight Attendant uniform is one of our most cherished brand identifiers – from hot pants to go-go boots, the legendary Southwest Airlines Flight Attendant uniform continues to evolve.  Over the next few months, you may start seeing our Flight Attendants in... read more

Holly’s On-The-Road Workout Plan

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Traveling doesn’t always mean taking a vacation from your workout, does it?  During my seven years of working as a Flight Attendant for Southwest Airlines, I’ve found a variety of ways to work-out in my home away from home! Of course, most hotels have a complimentary gym, but what if it is crammed full of people, doesn’t offer enough equipment, or have the size... read more

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LAX at 30: Beach Cleanin’ and Sun-Soakin’

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On September 18, 1982, Southwest Airlines began service into Los Angeles International Airport.  It’s now 30 years later, and we’re still going strong! I won’t claim to be impartial, as I’ve spent my entire 19-year career at LAX, but it truly is a special place with an amazing, hardworking group of people.  Since this was such a milestone birthday, we... read more

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Going Green: Celebrate Together in a Go-Green Way

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With the heat of summer fading, it’s a great time to start planning get-togethers in the great outdoors. Some of the best memories of early fall involve spending time with family and friends, enjoying great weather and quality time together. Here are some ideas to add a green touch to any outdoor gathering:Wherever the festivities take place, be sure to carpool. This is... read more

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Protected by Knights of Heroes

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Eleven-year-old Noah never dreamed that he could climb a rock more than 15 feet high. When Noah first came to the Knights of Heroes wilderness adventure camp in 2007, he’d just recently lost his father. For the next six summers, I witnessed Noah’s struggles with trust and his fear of heights. This summer, with the encouragement and steadiness of his Knights of Heroes... read more

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Meteorology Monday: September 24 – September 30

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It is officially Fall, and the weather is beginning to show it! Cooler temperatures and even frost have made their way into the Great Lakes early this week, due to a strong “clipper” system from Canada over the weekend.  A wet week is ahead for parts of the U.S. moving into the last week of September, as a system is expected to stall out in the heart of the country... read more

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Flashback Fridays: A Photo Smorgasbord for Avgeeks and Other Interested Parties

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Throughout the history of Southwest Airlines, most of our aircraft have come to us directly from the Boeing factory, but there have been times when “previously owned” aircraft have worn Southwest Airlines colors.  This has happened either during periods of rapid expansion when we acquired additional aircraft through leases or through the acquisition of another carrier... read more

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