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SWA Meteorology: Winter Outlook

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Here in Texas, we know the weather won’t cool down (and stay cool) until our State Fair ends.  Other cities follow local weather “folklore” too:  Are the caterpillars extra wooly this year?  Are the pecan and oak trees producing a lot of nuts and acorns? If you split a persimmon seed, do you see a knife (cutting cold with ice), a spoon (digging out of snow), or a... read more

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Southwest Airlines’ BIG Winter Travel Sale Has Arrived!

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year—prices are falling even lower on Southwest Airlines! Today, Southwest is launching a three-day travel sale with fares starting as low as $49 one-way! For three days only, our Customers can purchase nonstop, one-way tickets for $49, $99, $129, or $149 to select destinations—spread the word! These low fares are available for... read more

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Goodbye Wright Amendment in Photos

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Well, you asked for them!  Here's a sampling of the photos taken this morning at Dallas Love Field and on our first nonstop flights—Enjoy!  Have pictures of your own from today's events?  Share them by tagging them #NonstopLove. (more...)

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Adios, Wright Amendment! Hello, America!

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Hurrah!  That is the collective cheer from all 45,000+ Southwest Airlines Employees, as this month we are finally free from the shackles of the Wright Amendment.  The passage of this law in 1979 made our home airport of Dallas Love Field the first and only airport in the United States to be restricted to a small service area—flights out of the airport would be limited to... read more

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Flashback Fridays: Reforming Wright, One Step at a Time

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Between the time the Wright Amendment was signed into law by President Carter in February 1980 and another Federal law in 2006 finally set in play the freedoms we will begin to enjoy on Monday, 56 additional dots joined our route map, but a Customer traveling to or from Love Field was not allowed to buy a single ticket to the majority of our new destinations.  And although we... read more

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Flashback Friday: Early Flying Rules

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While looking through our archive for some additional information regarding the Wright Amendment, I found what may have actually been our first Flashback—well before my predecessor had the idea for a weekly feature highlighting the history of our Company and the industry. Buried within a October 1979 LUVLines article about our new 737-200 simulator was a look back at some... read more

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Q&A: How Do Air Traffic Control Facilities Work?

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The airspace over the United States are composed of a complex system of highways in the sky, navigational aides, and boundaries, all of which are coordinated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  For more than 85 years, professionals both on the ground and in the air have worked together to ensure the Safe and efficient flow of aircraft throughout the National... read more

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Celebrating Nonstop Love in Dallas with You, Our Customers!

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October 13 is officially less than a month away, which means the countdown to the end of the Wright Amendment is ON!  As you can imagine, this is a historic day for our Company, North Texas, and most importantly for you—our Customers!  This milestone wouldn’t be possible without your LUV and support, which is why it’s time to celebrate YOU.  Please mark your... read more

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Introducing Southwest: The Magazine

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Southwest Airlines new look has a lot of moving parts—literally. One of them is its inflight magazine. Not only did our name change from Spirit to Southwest: The Magazine, but hundreds of thousands of a special, celebratory September issue were switched out on planes beginning September 8 and 9.  (Click here to read more about the first version of our September issue.)... read more

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Flashback Fridays: A Day in the Life of a Plane – Part II

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Earlier this year on St Patrick’s Day, my colleague Dan Landson and I had the opportunity to spend a day in the life of N446WN, one of our 737-700s, as it traveled from one end of the country to the other throughout the Southwest system. An early morning in OAK just before HeartTwo’s first revenue flight. The highlight of the day for both of us was having a chance to... read more

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