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One Last Flight: Final 717 in AirTran Livery Takes to the Skies

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On December 28, 2014, AirTran Flight #1 closed the commercial chapter of AirTran Airways history when it landed in Tampa just before midnight.  The next morning, all remaining 717s were flown to Goodyear, AZ, for short-term storage in the favorable desert environment.  Yesterday morning, the last 717 in AirTran livery took to the skies for the final time on its way to... read more

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It’s show time! Rapid Rewards has a big new partner—ScoreBig.com

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Southwest is proud to announce our newest Rapid Rewards partner, ScoreBig™. As a Rapid Rewards Member, you can now earn points on ticket purchases for the hottest games and shows nationwide. ScoreBig allows Rapid Rewards Members to buy great tickets to their favorite sports, concerts, or Broadway shows, and earn points that can be used to book their next vacation. Members... read more

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Aruba from Houston Hobby—how’d they do that?

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Houston Hobby has officially seen its first international flight push from the gate, bound for the beautiful Caribbean island of Aruba. On the same day, Southwest Employees welcomed the first inbound flight from Aruba, where Customers walked off the flight and onto the next chapter of their journey. You might be thinking, "no Customs?" Well, not exactly. Thanks to the U.S.... read more

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Cheers to 21 Years! SWA #7 on FORTUNE’s World’s Most Admired List

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For the 21st-consecutive year, Southwest Airlines was named to FORTUNE’s World’s Most Admired List. One of the most important ways we maintain our world-famous Culture at Southwest is by taking the time to celebrate each other. And we’ve had A LOT to celebrate! Today, we celebrate a #7 finish on FORTUNE’s 2015 World’s Most Admired list—the only commercial airline... read more

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Herb Collects More Hardware: Lifetime Aviation Entrepreneur Award

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What do John Travolta, Harrison Ford, and Angelina Jolie have in common with our beloved Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Herb Kelleher? They share a dedication to aviation! On Friday, January 16, Herb accepted the Lifetime Aviation Entrepreneur Award at the 12th-annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. Hosted by John Travolta, the awards... read more

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Flashback Fridays: Ticketless for 20 Years

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This month marks the 20th year of Southwest becoming the first major airline to offer electronic, or ticketless, travel on every flight systemwide. It's something we’ve all become accustomed to today, but it was a revolutionary change in the way we do business. The ability to issue ticketless itineraries came about following our departure from the major reservations systems... read more

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Flashback Fridays: The Boeing 717

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On Sunday, the final revenue flight using a Citrus call sign will take place aboard the aircraft that defined AirTran Airways, the Boeing 717.  Not only was AirTran the largest operator of the 717, it was also the launch customer when it took its first delivery in September 1999. The 717 was actually the second name of the aircraft, with the original name being the... read more

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Flashback Fridays: Final AirTran 737

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Last Sunday, the final AirTran 737 revenue flight took place between Baltimore and Las Vegas as flight 1003. It marked the conclusion of 10 years of service aboard the aircraft that provided the range for AirTran to expand service from a predominantly East Coast network to one that could travel to the West and beyond. Although the original AirTran Airways that began... read more

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A Behind-the-Scenes Peek at the Hustle and Bustle of Holiday Travel

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How can you tell it’s the busiest travel time of year? As airline Employees in the hospitality business, we are pros at handling the throngs of Customers that come to the airport during the busiest travel day of the year.  What you can’t tell by looking at us is that it is all in a day’s work and a part of fulfilling a vision to unite people to what is important in... read more

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Flashback Fridays: Connecting the Coasts

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Based on our original establishment as a shorthaul, high frequency, intrastate airline, most of our flights in our first 25 years of service were usually no more than an hour or two long, which fit perfectly within the capabilities of our 737-200s and -300s.  As the launch Customer for Boeing’s -700 series aircraft, an opportunity presented itself to take our average trip... read more

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