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Flashback Fridays: The Sue (Pratt) Schaulin Collection

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Working as an Intern in the Southwest Airlines Corporate Archive has offered me a rather interesting experience.  Within those walls I can learn the fine details to Southwest Airlines stories, I can see the negatives that first caught the Company’s history, and I can be a part of the acquisitions of new archival donations into our ever-growing collection. In fact, my... read more

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Southwest Employees Off the Clock: Becoming an Ironman

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At Southwest Airlines, we are known for our unique Culture and Fun-LUVing Employees.  And believe me when I say that they are as interesting off the clock as they are when they are working.  Meet Mike!    Michael Nutting Multi Media Specialist   Ever since watching my cousin compete in the Ironman Lake Placid, I have dreamed of being an Ironman.  When I... read more

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Wide Urban Spaces: Southwest Airlines brings Placemaking to Baltimore

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This guest post from Mike Evitts originally appeared in the July 2015 edition of Southwest: The Magazine.  If you’ve ever been to the Inner Harbor in Downtown Baltimore, you’ve likely walked down Pratt Street. With shops, stores, restaurants, and apartments along the water’s edge, this thoroughfare functions as Baltimore’s Main Street. But it was designed before... read more

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Big Heart in the Big Apple: Southwest Porch at Bryant Park Now Open!

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Southwest Airlines Employees show love to our Customers throughout their entire travel experience—whether they’re booking a flight at home, in transit at an airport, or flying on one of our planes. But our Hospitality doesn’t stop there. We're dedicated to the cities we serve and strive to be an integral part of those communities. One of the ways we have done so is by... read more

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Flashback Fridays: SWA Belt Buckles

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We recently noticed a neat piece of our Southwest history being discussed on the SWA Culture Facebook page—unique belt buckles celebrating past events!  In particular, an Employee shared a buckle that recognized our 10th anniversary in 1981. Within our archive, we have several of these commemorative pieces, and I recently had the opportunity to learn a little more about... read more

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One Last Flight: Final 717 in AirTran Livery Takes to the Skies

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On December 28, 2014, AirTran Flight #1 closed the commercial chapter of AirTran Airways history when it landed in Tampa just before midnight.  The next morning, all remaining 717s were flown to Goodyear, AZ, for short-term storage in the favorable desert environment.  Yesterday morning, the last 717 in AirTran livery took to the skies for the final time on its way to... read more

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Get Ready, Jet Set, Go! International Fare Sale is Going on Now!

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The international fare sale is coming, the international fare sale is coming! Wanna get away? Now’s as good as Anytime! Southwest Airlines is offering an international fare sale with fares starting as low as $97 one-way to some of our international hotspots. But wait, it gets better! The sale won’t be for one or two days, but for THREE DAYS! Head to Southwest.com now... read more

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Our Internship Program is Evolving: Introducing Campus Reach

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From "Smart Camp" to the far-reaching influence of Campus Reach, Southwest is hard at work building a pipeline of qualified candidates who are invested in Southwest.    Introducing Campus Reach We’re transitioning from NoLimits to Campus Reach to expand awareness of Southwest as an employment brand. For example, our wildly successful undergraduate internship... read more

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Every Seat Has A Story: Abracadabra! Magical Hospitality

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On a recent late night flight from Baltimore to Portland, Maine, 142 Customers experienced some Southwest Hospitality delivered in an unusual fashion.  The flight was already late leaving BWI due to a weather-related delay on the aircraft’s previous segment, and then, just before pushing from the gate, a minor maintenance issue cropped up, lengthening the delay even further... read more

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Flashback Fridays: We’re going to Florida!

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At one of our Southwest Rallies earlier in the year, Gary shared a story about how secretive Herb was about plans for Florida for many years.  No doubt, one of the many lessons Gary took to heart from Herb was the importance of keeping a secret in this brutally competitive industry. Florida was a destination everyone looked forward to our airline serving for a long time, but... read more

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