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A Family Reunited

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Patriotism runs deep at Southwest Airlines, and we are proud to partner with charities that support the men, women, and children who sacrifice for our country every day.  This blog post is authored by Patricia Driscoll, President of the Armed Forces Foundation (AFF), an organization that supports and advocates for active-duty military personnel, National Guardsmen,... read more

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Flashback Friday: Splitting the Town

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Since 1987, Southwest has served Michigan when our first service to Detroit Metro airport commenced.  And, for a brief period of time, we even had service to two Detroit area airports. Twenty-five years ago this summer, Southwest launched a multi-million dollar campaign to promote our service to the city, particularly Detroit’s City (DET) Airport, now commonly known as the... read more

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Some Snappy Ideas: Seven Travel Pics for Instagram

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If you're like me, you take around a million photos on any given vacation—sometimes it's even more, depending on the length of the trip.  Obviously I can't post all of them, so I do my best to pick out my favorites.  Here's a list of my must-have pics for your Instagram feed.  Be sure to use #SWApic and check out our Southwest Instagram! 1. In Your Bag: Are you packing... read more

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SWA Meteorology: Thanks, Canada!

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It was just two weeks ago we were experiencing the “return of the Polar Vortex” in the middle of summer, a highly unusual occurrence, or so we thought.  Now another round of welcome cool air is bringing much needed relief for the eastern half of the nation.  Is it another Polar Vortex?  Nah, this time, it’s cool air from Canada. Listen to a forecast on TV or read a... read more

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Paying it Forward to West Africa

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Growing up in Ghana, West Africa, I faced many challenges.  I was lucky compared to most, especially since I was able to attend the university.  Now, as a Southwest Airlines Flight Attendant, I recognize that the opportunities I had at a young age helped me reach success. The challenges I faced growing up inspired me to help less fortunate kids in the neighborhood where... read more

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Going Green: Five Ways to Green Your Camping Trip

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Take full advantage of the outdoors these final weeks of summer and plan a camping trip with family or friends.  There is no better way to get in touch with nature and save some green.  Camping fees are generally inexpensive, as are the activities that go along with camping, such as hiking, bird watching, fishing, and, of course, picnicking! Make sure to treat parks,... read more

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Nonstop Love: CHICA-GO

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Beginning October 13, Dallas Love Field is FREE!  The restrictions of the Wright Amendment will be gone, ushering in nonstop destinations that span from coast to coast.   Southwest has been counting down the years and weeks (literally—we have a billboard at the Love Field entrance and a countdown clock in our Headquarters lobby) until we can say, “Goodbye, Wright... read more

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Flashback Fridays: A 500 with Scimitars?

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A few months ago our Name That Plane Flashback covered a few aircraft in our fleet with special registrations.  For many years, most of our -300 series aircraft registrations started with a 3, the -500s started with a 5, the -700s started with a 7, and usually ended with a SW or WN. The majority of our specialty registrations (outside of the traditional SWs and WNs) honor... read more

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Gate Games are just ‘Plane’ Fun

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Like any time-contentious traveler, I have at least an hour of downtime before my flight begins boarding.  When I’m traveling with my family, waiting time seems to go by even more slowly.  On my last vacation with my family, we had a two hour layover.  Normally we play a card game, but unfortunately, we (cough, cough—my dad) had forgotten to bring a deck of cards. ... read more

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Southwest Spends a couple Days on the Hill

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This post is co-authored by Southwest Senior Business Consultant Bill Owen and Southwest Communications Specialist Sandy Nelson. What happens when you assemble a group of Southwest Airlines Employees in our nation’s capital to learn how to engage our elected officials on issues important to SWA?  The answer is … something wonderful! Earlier this month, we and 25... read more

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