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Ahhh … That New Plane Smell!

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There’s nothing like the smell of “new”—new houses, new cars, and of course, new airplanes! I was recently able to join two dozen of my Southwest Family Members in picking up one of our brand-new 737-800s from our friends and partners at Boeing.   It was one of the most exciting and FUN experiences of my 35 years in this industry! There’s more to picking up one... read more

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Going Green: Reducing Your Impact and Making a Difference

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I recently volunteered at the Texas Tree Foundation with my fellow interns, and it really reaffirmed for me how important it is to be aware of the world around us and the importance of our natural resources … like trees!  According to Urban Forestry Network, a single acre of a forest absorbs up to 2.5 tons of carbon every year.  I had the opportunity to help care for young... read more

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Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Signing of the Civil Rights Act

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This week the Civil Rights Summit was held at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas, to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act.  If you ask why the Johnson Library, then you don’t realize that when President Johnson was a United States Senator from Texas, he voted against every civil rights bill that came his way. ... read more

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A Day in the Life of a Southwest 737

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This article by John Harrell, with photos by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren, was a special to Airchive.com that was published April 4, 2014. It’s still dark in Seattle at 5:00 a.m. as passengers check in for early-morning departures.  But one of Southwest Airlines’ most hardworking employees, about to begin a 14-hour workday, has already been waiting here at Sea-Tac Airport since... read more

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Flashback Fridays: Love Events

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Prior to 1984, our official inflight magazine found in the 112 seatback pockets onboard our aircraft was known simply as Southwest Airlines Magazine, and it was published by Summit Publishing Company of San Antonio. While we didn’t pay for the publication (the publisher earned revenue from the advertisements within,) it did feature Southwest-generated content providing a... read more

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A Dream in the Making

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All across the country each year, Southwest Airlines Pilots volunteer their time to participate in the Southwest Airlines Adopt-a-Pilot Program.  The program educates fifth-grade students through aviation-themed activities related to science, geography, math, writing, and other core subjects.  Nine years ago, I was one of those students sitting in the classroom.  At that... read more

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Charters: 2014 NCAA Basketball Tournament

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Southwest had a very successful charter operation for the 2014 NCAA Basketball Tournament this year.  We operated 66 charters—18 of them alumni and fans—slightly more than the 62 charters operated last year.  We carried more than 7,000 folks on these charters, which were full of teams, bands, university officials, alumni, and fans! This year’s men’s tournament... read more

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Split Scimitar Winglets Have Arrived

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Today Southwest operates its first revenue flight utilizing a Boeing 737-800 equipped with Aviation Partner’s Boeing Split Scimitar Winglets. These new Winglets offer reduced fuel consumption and emissions. In fact, we estimate an increase in our annual fuel savings of approximately 3.5 percent per aircraft from blended winglets to approximately 5-5.5 percent per aircraft... read more

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Fifteen Years of Making a Difference at the Ronald McDonald House

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Every Friday night for the past 15 years, I’ve volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House New York.  I first started volunteering because I knew I enjoyed giving much more than receiving.  In all honesty, I walked into something that I never could have envisioned, and far beyond my initial expectations. Over the years, I’ve seen heartbreak and challenge as families come... read more

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Know the Plan Before Severe Weather Strikes

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Monitoring the weather is an inherent part of the aviation industry, and at Southwest we do our best to be prepared for any situation.  Similar to a Company’s proactive efforts, it’s important to have a personal plan that you and your family members are familiar with before severe weather arises.  Emergency plans help prevent needless confusion and injuries.  Here are a... read more

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