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Flashback Friday: Seafair

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Similar to the way AirTran Airways helped introduce Southwest to Atlanta in 2012, Morris Air paved the airway to the Pacific Northwest during the year following their becoming part of our family in late 1993. And, as part of that expansion, Seattle—the birthplace of our Boeings—became our 39th station when it landed on our route map in the summer of 1994. In addition to... read more

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LUV Seat: Giving Back Globally

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This summer, Southwest Airlines announced the LUV Seat: Repurpose with purpose program, a global initiative to upcycle 43 acres of leather seat covers that were removed when we retrofitted our aircraft.  We knew we didn’t want to just discard it in a landfill or shred it, and thus, the LUV Seat journey began.  We called on Employees and Customers to help us find... read more

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Oh, The Places Southwest Has Taken Me

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When my children were younger, I loved to read them Oh, The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss.  Back then, I never imagined all the different places I’d go and opportunities I’d have by working at Southwest Airlines.  Most recently, I had the opportunity to volunteer with the Fireman Rob Foundation and help raise the spirits of sick children at Methodist Children’s... read more

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Father and Daughter Take Adopt-A-Pilot to the Classroom

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In a few months I will begin my third year in the Southwest Airlines Adopt-A-Pilot (AAP) program—what a privilege!  I want to thank the many Pilots and staffers who have served much longer than I have, and who have helped make AAP the great program what it is today. My AAP journey first began in 2012 when my daughter, Katherine, was hired as a fifth grade teacher at... read more

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The Light at the End of the Tunnel

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I am a native New Mexican (from Roswell, N.M.—yep, the alien one!) and a first-generation college student.  Prior to coming home to New Mexico, I had the pleasure of serving as the Executive Director of Development and Marketing for Southwest Airlines’s Community Partner, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities in San Antonio, Texas.  I also have had the... read more

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Road to Dallas Love Field Officially Named “Herb Kelleher Way“

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In June 2011, the road leading into the entrance of Dallas Love Field was given the honorary name of “Herb Kelleher Way” in honor and recognition of our beloved Founder.  In preparation for the repeal of the Wright Amendment, The Dallas City Council unanimously approved to officially and permanently rename a portion of Cedar Springs Road from Mockingbird Lane to the... read more

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The Ticket to a Bright Future: The Unity Council Latino Men & Boys Program

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Southwest Airlines proudly gives back to the Hispanic community during Hispanic Heritage Month and all throughout the year through its support of nonprofit organizations like The Unity Council. The Unity Council’s Latino Men & Boys program (LMB) was developed in 2010 as an organizational effort to improve the wellbeing of Latino males in Oakland who, research shows,... read more

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Nonstop Love: Southwest Airlines Random Acts of Love

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What do the Pointer Sisters and Southwest Airlines have in common?  We’re both so excited and we just can’t hide it!  Since we can no longer contain our delight over the end of the Wright Amendment restrictions at Dallas Love Field on October 13, we are celebrating early with Random Acts of Love. Starting September 25, we are surprising YOU, our wonderful Customers, at... read more

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Heart of the Community Program Revitalizes My Hometown

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As a San Antonio native, I was personally excited to take part in the Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community project at Travis Park.  This spring, I had the opportunity to volunteer at the re-opening of Travis Park alongside my Cohearts. We kicked off the morning with Zumba and yoga classes followed by games and good ole’ fun.  Gary Kelly and Mayor Castro held a press... read more

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From the Heart to Kidd’s Kids

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I’ve been a fan of Kidd Kraddick from my teenage years to adulthood. My admiration for him steadily grew over the years, and especially when he started Kidd’s Kids, which focuses on families with terminally ill or physically-challenged children. Each year, Kidd’s Kids treats 50 families to a week-long, all-expenses paid magical theme park vacation.  I always thought it... read more

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