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Archive for May, 2014

Flashback Fridays: Computer Reservations Systems

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For consumers, it’s never been easier to view air travel options anywhere in the world via a multitude of different sources. But there was a time when most flyers relied on their local travel agent prior to the ease we all expect today on the Internet.  And 20 years ago this month, yet another battle in our Company’s history transpired when owners of the major computer... read more

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The Ultimate Summer Travel To-do List

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In 2013, Southwest Airlines hosted more than 11 million Customers in the air per month.  While some were traveling for business, others were traveling for leisure—remember a vacation is good for your brain!  If you can manage, use the summer months to explore the many cities Southwest can take you to, and enjoy some time unwinding or searching for adventure.  Pick a... read more

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Six SWA Recipients Honored as Charles Taylor ‘Master Mechanics’

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Today, Herb Kelleher, Colleen Barrett, Trevor Stedke, and I, along with dozens of Southwest Friends and Family, honored this year’s recipients of the Charles Taylor “Master Mechanic” Award at a ceremony in the Dallas hangar. The Charles Taylor “Master Mechanic” Award recognizes the lifetime accomplishment of senior mechanics.  Southwest recipients George Sims,... read more

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Southwest Recognizes Memorial Day Weekend

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At Southwest Airlines, our Employees are proud to serve our military all year-round, whether it is preboarding at the gates, encouraging a round of applause in the gate area, or making announcements on the plane in honor of traveling service men and women and letting them deplane first.  This past weekend was Memorial Day, a special occasion for honoring those who served and... read more

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SWA Meteorology: Hurricane Season Begins

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May 15 marked the official start of the Eastern Pacific hurricane season, and thus far, one named storm has already formed.  Tropical Storm Amanda formed well out to sea on Friday May 23, over 700 miles southwest of the southern tip of Baja California. The next day, Amanda strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane, quickly becoming a major Category 4 hurricane by Sunday with... read more

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Volunteering From the Heart with Team Rubicon

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On Sunday, April 27, an EF-4 tornado descended on Faulkner County, Ark., and left a 26-mile path of destruction in its wake, destroying more than 400 homes and taking the lives of 15 residents. That’s when the call went out to Team Rubicon, an organization dedicated to using veterans’ unique skillsets in disaster relief efforts to assist those in need. Team Rubicon... read more

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Mobile Boarding Passes Land at Southwest Airports

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We are pleased to announce that getting through the airport just got easier and greener for Southwest Customers.  The mobile boarding pass feature is now available at all U.S. airports Southwest serves, making travel for our Customers as easy and convenient as possible.  Customers who choose this option can bypass printing a paper boarding pass at their home, office or at... read more

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Going Green: Save It for a (Not) Rainy Day

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With the summer heat approaching, many areas across the country are at risk of drought. Harvesting rainwater is a great way to conserve—and reserve—water in case there is a shortage; however, rainwater harvesting policies vary, so check out your state government web site to find out what regulations apply to you before you start harvesting. Here are some reasons you... read more

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Honoring my Father at Arlington National Cemetery

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My father, Col. Ercie J. Leach, was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery in July, with full military honors. In December, my husband and I had the opportunity to join Wreaths Across America and more than 5,000 volunteers in laying wreaths on the graves of those who have selflessly served our nation. Wreaths of evergreen signify strength, since evergreen can survive the... read more

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