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HELLO 2016! January/February Schedule Now Open!

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Good afternoon, everyone!  Today Southwest extended its schedule through January and February, and out to March 8, 2016—there are several changes to note. First, this schedule reflects a bit of a reduction overall to about 3,600 weekday flights, but that happens every year as we move from the end-of-year frenzy into the somewhat quieter months of January and February.... read more

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Angi and Tim’s Exceptional Experience

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My fiance (now husband), Tim, and I were heading down to Pensacola, Fla., to get married.  I did not inform Southwest of our wedding plans, but thanks to an Employee at the Nashville airport to whom I asked a wedding dress-related question, our Flight Crew found out why we were traveling and made us feel exceptional throughout the flight.  It was the best trip ever! After... read more

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Flashback Fridays: Remembering Bill Franklin

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Late last week, Bill Franklin, our first Vice President of Ground Operations, passed away at the age of 88.  While Bill has been retired for many years, his contributions to our Company were a key factor in the success we enjoy today.  As a member of the “Over the Hill Gang,” Franklin came into our young Company to help turn it into a profitable venture in less than... read more

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Paper Airplanes in Space? Breaking an Out-of-this-World Record

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Southwest Captain Scott Fitzgerald shares a “moment of discovery” with his two children, a school district, the town mayor, and the Guinness Book of World Records through Adopt-A-Pilot. When I began volunteering with Adopt-A-Pilot in 2009, breaking a Guinness World Record was not on my radar. However, it has quite literally been the flight of my life. In my six years... read more

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Southwest Airlines Throws Surprise Wedding Shower in Baltimore

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With June being the most popular month for weddings, we figured there’s no better time to feature this couples’ story of love, and how our Employees worked together to make their engagement even more memorable.  Andy McIlvaine was an excited groom-to-be, flying out of Baltimore to Portland, Maine,  to propose to his girlfriend, Kelley Mulfinger, when he experienced... read more

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Every Seat Has A Story: Love and Marriage

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Our long distance relationship started in 2009 following college graduation when Cheryl moved to California and Ben continued on to Alabama.  At first, a long distance relationship was not something either of us wanted to embark on.  We had heard the horror stories about how expensive flying so frequently can get and how relationships often crumble. Knowing the risks, we... read more

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A Tribute to My Dad: Honoring My Life’s Pilot

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On June 3, 2015 I had the honor and privilege to fly my Dad, Richard W. Schaubert, and other WWII Veterans on the Honor Flight Chicago from Washington Dulles to Chicago Midway. My Dad served in the 508 Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne during WWII, and was stationed in Frankfort, Germany. I am forever grateful for the bravery and sacrifices of my Dad and all veterans... read more

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Flashback Fridays: LUV Kisses

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LUV might celebrate the birth of its first flight on June 18, but the 19th has its own significance—National Kissing Day. Whether coincidence or wholly intentional, Southwest has a robust (and well-documented) history of celebrating the kiss. Here’s a glimpse at Southwest’s homages to kissing through the years. Have one of your own? Submit it to our SWA Culture Facebook... read more

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A Very Green Father’s Day

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Don’t forget Sunday, June 21 is Father’s Day! Here are some ideas on how to green up and say thank you to that special man in your life: DIY Ties: Does the special man in your life have a collection of ties he doesn’t use anymore? If so, did you know you can repurpose them as a gift?  Make them into a rug, a cloth stool, a key chain, or a drink koozie.   Green... read more

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In Love With Liberia

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Starting in October, Southwest will fly to Liberia, Costa Rica out of our brand-new international terminal in Houston.  Tickets to all international routes from Houston are now for sale on Southwest.com—CLICK HERE to check out routes and fares. Your legs are heavy.  It’s the second hike of the day, and every muscle in your body protests the steep ascent. All of the... read more

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