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Archive for November, 2012

Southwest + Microsoft = The Best Holiday Combination!

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This holiday season at a Southwest terminal near you, experience the new Windows, personalized for you. And you have the opportunity to earn prizes on the spot. That’s right! Get to know the new Windows, and you could walk away with free inflight offers and roundtrip tickets from Southwest, free downloads of the newest apps, and even the latest and greatest PCs and hardware... read more

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Military Heroes Month: Keeping Heroes Close to Our Hearts

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Today, I am reflecting back upon the 2012 Military Heroes Month and Southwest’s commitment to our Troops, Veterans, and their families.  We have been privileged to share a glimpse into these heroes’ lives featured in the stories throughout the month on service, how we honor the Military, the sacrifices these heroes make, and how we celebrate the brave who fight for... read more

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Flashback Fridays: Early Candid Views of Houston Hobby

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When Southwest began flying on June 18, 1971, we operated out of Houston Intercontinental (IAH). Southwest reopened Hobby to commercial service a few months later on November 14, and we used the occasion to complete the “Texas Triangle" by beginning service between Hobby and San Antonio.  (We operated from both Houston airports until May 14, 1972, when we we... read more

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Military Heroes Month: SWA Family United Overseas

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I just got home this month from another deployment to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Every year and a half, National Guardsmen who operate the C-130—a military transport aircraft—deploy. My deployment this year was staffed with members of the Kentucky, Missouri, and Wyoming Air National Guard units. On this deployment we flew in Iraq, Afghanistan,... read more

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A Team Player in Tampa

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Our television advertisements have always been known to incite laughter, provide quotable lines, and, of course, encourage America to fly on the LUV airline. But for Franky Van De Marimba, they inspired even more than chuckles and a ticket purchase. When Franky sat in front of the TV and watched Southwest ads flash across the screen, he started to realize how well he would fit... read more

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Granting Brianna’s Wish Trip

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When you look at 4-year-old Brianna and take in her sweet demeanor and sparkling eyes, you would never guess that she has been struggling with a malignant kidney tumor. One thing that has kept her going through all the treatments was the prospect of having a dolphin encounter at Sea World in San Diego. Just in case her wish wasn’t possible, she had a backup—she said she... read more

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Military Heroes Month: SWA First Officer Named Citizen Airman of the Year

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Southwest has a rich tradition of supporting the United States Military, and in particular, the Employees who have served and continue to serve. It’s only fitting that one of our very own Pilots was acknowledged by the Air Force Reserves for his brave service to our country along with Southwest being recognized as a Company that supports service men and women. Southwest... read more

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Going Green: Your Workplace Green Filter!

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Here at Southwest Airlines, we do our best to operate with a green filter and we feel it’s extremely important to promote a Green work environment to our Southwest Family. There are so many ways you can play your part and work Green. Here are a few tips on how to go Green at Work: Bring a re-usable mug: Instead of using the paper/styrofoam office cups for your morning Joe,... read more

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Military Heroes Month: Honor Among Family

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My Dad, John Austin, was selected by his local VFW Post to be an honoree on the Chicago Honor Flight on September 12, 2012.  Dad served as a Mechanic with the Army Air Corp Ninth Division overseas.  After numerous conversations with the Honor Flight Chicago Volunteers, I was given the privilege to accompany my dad on the flight as an Employee of Southwest Airlines.... read more

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