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Southwest: The Magazine’s April Star … Cecil Medina

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Although raking leaves with your dad doesn’t typically fall into the category of life-changing events, First Officer Cecil Medina was in the middle of yard work when his dad first asked where he wanted to go to college. His father’s next question was: “How are you going to pay for it?” The unexpected reality check was the start of a journey that would lead Cecil to the... read more

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Flashback Fridays: Signals of Success

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The aviation industry has “borrowed” many terms and practices from the maritime world, such as how we refer to the right side of the plane as the starboard side, or even the Pilot in Command being known as the Captain, just as he or she would on a boat. And in 1990, Southwest Airlines paid tribute aviation’s maritime heritage with our International Collection of uniform... read more

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Celebrating our Servants’ Hearts at Volunteers of LUV

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At Southwest, we have a passion for people- a passion that comes from the heart and motivates us to not only make a positive difference, but change lives. Each year at our annual Volunteers of LUV event, we celebrate Employee volunteers who embody the Southwest Airlines Servant’s Heart. Southwest is committed to being a good neighbor in the cities we serve, but we... read more

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Flashback Fridays: 42 Years of “The Last” Chili Cookoff

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Chili is not taken lightly in Texas—and it’s pretty serious business at Southwest Airlines, too.  Everyone  has their own taste preference—whether mild or hot, beans or no beans!  Luckily, at Southwest’s Annual Chili Cookoff there are plentiful chili varieties to please everyone’s taste buds! So, a frequently asked question is why this terrific annual event has... read more

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Happy National Siblings Day!

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Today, April 10, is National Sibling Day! To celebrate, we spoke to some of our awesome Southwest siblings about why they love working with their family at Southwest Airlines: Mallory Pyles & Chelsea Ridley Older sister Chelsea began working at Southwest Airlines as a Customer Relations Representative in October 2009, and her younger sister Mallory joined her in the... read more

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Every Airport Code Tells a Story

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Ah, three-letter airport codes.  The bane of most airline new hires!  I had to memorize and pass a test on 240 airport codes before my very first day of reservations training at that “other” airline on June 24, 1978. (I aced it.)  I thought you guys might enjoy some airport code history, trivia, and Fun! The Origin of the 3-Letter Code Originally, airports just had... read more

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Greening up Your April

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It is the true month of Green with both Arbor Day and Earth Day taking place  in April, so here are some great ways to make your spring more eco-friendly: De-junk Green – During spring cleaning, remember to recycle everything you can!  Donate old clothes and household items to second hand stores, or your favorite charity.  Take your old electronics to an e-cycling... read more

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Inside April’s Southwest: The Magazine

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We at Southwest: The Magazine like doing the kind of story you’d talk about over a beer. I may be slightly biased, but I think we hit the jackpot with our April cover story. It’s about a guy named Dan McLaughlin, who is trying to become a pro golfer through sheer practice. McLaughlin is testing the theory that 10,000 hours of practice will let you achieve mastery in almost... read more

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Play Ball!

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Today is Opening Day, marking the official start of baseball season. This national celebration comes with smells of tailgating, concessions, and freshly groomed diamonds. Many cleats will step up to the plate with hopes to make the big plays and to live out bold moments. It brings willful expectations of big hearted fans, who wonder if their team has what it takes to make... read more

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Motivating and Inspiring at 35,000 Feet: Inflight Live Book Reading

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We're excited to have Eric Greitens, former U.S. Navy SEAL, founder of The Mission Continues, and award-winning author, onboard a flight this morning from STL-DCA for an inflight book reading, where he will be sharing excerpts from his new book, answering questions onboard and on Twitter, and distributing signed, hard-copy audio books courtesy of Macmillan Audio to everyone... read more

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