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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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A Most Admired Company

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When Southwest launched its first flight nearly 43 years ago, we set out to offer something very different.  There were giant competitors, and to get potential Customers to notice, Southwest had to disrupt their thinking about air travel.  A new way to fly was born. It was a revolution in commercial aviation.  It also was a revolution in how to build a Company—putting... read more

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Nonstop Love: Post—Wright Cities Announced

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It’s been a long time in the making (34 years, to be exact!) but we are now one step closer to the departure of the Wright Amendment!  This morning, Southwest Airlines CEO, Gary Kelly, alongside Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and former Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, announced our new, nonstop destinations from Dallas Love Field. For the first time in our Company history,... read more

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Flashback Fridays: Morris Air

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Over the course of our history, our Company has welcomed several new Family Members, with AirTran Airways being the most recent.  In 1994, a similar integration took place when Morris Air of Salt Lake City became part of the Southwest system.  With the addition of Morris Air, Southwest was able to enter 20 new markets in seven states.  This represented the largest growth of... read more

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Flashback Fridays: Why WN?

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I had always wondered how our Company’s International Air Transport Association (IATA) identifier WN came to be. AirTran’s FL was logical, with its Florida roots and “Citrus” radio call sign, and classics such as Pan Am’s PA certainly made sense.  But why WN for Southwest? Perhaps “Why Not” is the best answer. This question was one that I had since first... read more

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Help Us Stop Air Tax Increases

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We need your help (and your voice!) to protect Customers from a proposed tax increase!  As part of a potential budget deal, Congress is seeking to double the current Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Passenger Security Tax from $2.50 to $5, and the White House proposes tripling the tax by 2017. Take action at Stop Air Tax Now to oppose these increases!  With just... read more

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Military Heroes Month: Showing Our Respect

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As we celebrate Veterans’ Day and our “Heroes Month” at Southwest Airlines, we take time to reflect on a different kind of military service. For years, Southwest Cargo has transported fallen soldiers to their final destination and I’m incredibly proud of the way our Employees show their respect for these heroes and their families. These men and women have paid the... read more

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You’re App-solutely going to love this news!

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The holiday season always gets me a little nostalgic.  So, please indulge me as I take a quick stroll down mobile memory lane.  In 2007, Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone to the world changing our idea of a smartphone forever.  That same year Southwest launched a mobile version of southwest.com. Then in 2009, we were the first U.S. airline to launch an iPhone app.  The... read more

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2012 Southwest Airlines One Report: Part 3 of People in Photos

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This is the fifth in a series of posts about our fourth annual integrated annual report, the 2012 Southwest Airlines One Report™, where we illustrate our triple bottomline approach that takes into account our Performance and productivity, the importance of our People and the Communities we serve, and our commitment to efficiency and the Planet. At Southwest Airlines, our... read more

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Best of Flashback Fridays: Jack Wild’s Airport, Boston Logan

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This week’s post made my “Best of” list for a couple of reasons.  Today, August 16, is the fourth anniversary of BOS being part of our Southwest system, and this is a rare “guest-written” Flashback installment.  The original post came to us from Southwest Employee Jack Wild, who, at the time of publication, was an Operations Agent in BOS. Currently, Jack is... read more

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