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Flashback Fridays: TJ LUV, the Musical

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One of our most beloved characters from over the years has been our mascot TJ LUV. His name derives from Thomas J. Volz, a former Southwest Marketing Vice President, who collaborated with Gumwrappers and Goggles author and illustrator Wini Barnum Newman to create the character. But did you know that, in addition to being the protagonist of the children’s book, TJ also made... read more

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Behind the Faces of the Southwest Airlines One Report

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My Southwest story started on May 25, 2007, when I joined the Southwest Airlines Distribution Services Team.  For the past seven years, I’ve interacted regularly with folks from a variety of Departments, including the Communication and Outreach Team who leads the publication of the Southwest Airlines One Report, our Company's annual comprehensive report on our triple bottom... read more

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A Southwest Hero

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When we heard that FORTUNE was looking for an Employee to feature in their article "Heroes of the FORTUNE 500 list," we knew we’d have plenty of great choices. The person had to be someone who had performed extraordinary acts of bravery, charity, ingenuity, or selflessness—transforming their communities (and often the lives of total strangers) in the process. It wasn’t... read more

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A Flight Come True

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Johnny Williams has always dreamed of flying, but because his family preferred driving, he had never had the opportunity.  At 83 years old, he still hadn’t flown in a plane and looked out the window over the clouds—until recently. After Johnny was diagnosed with cancer, his daughter, Jennifer, decided to make Johnny’s dream come true.  They arrived at the Nashville... read more

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Meet Sheldon, Our Newest Employee!

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What if we told you one of our employees was green, cold-blooded, and a little slower than the rest? Sheldon’s journey to Southwest isn’t your typical hiring story. Instead of being interviewed, Sheldon was adopted into our Family. It began when one of our younger Customers arrived at the airport with her new pet turtle in tow. Unfortunately, due to airport policy, her... read more

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It’s All in the Family at Southwest Airlines!

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As Southwest Airlines Employees, we consider our Coworkers as Family, drawn together by our common Purpose and Vision. But there are some Employees who are linked by more than that—they’re united by the branches of their family tree. In honor of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day today, here are some Southwest Airlines Employees who “brought” their sons or... 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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Flashback Fridays: 41 Years of ‘The Last’ Chili Cookoff

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In Texas, Chili is taken pretty seriously.  There will always be the debate—beans or no beans, onions or no onions, spicy or mild, and the list goes on.  Despite your preference, you’ll find a little of it all at Southwest’s Annual Chili Cookoff. The irony is that the event that was only expected to happen once has now grown to be one of our longest-lived Culture... read more

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Flashback Friday: Being Admired for 20 Years

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This year, our Company once again appeared on FORTUNE Magazine’s coveted Most Admired list.  Described as “the definitive report card on corporate reputations” by the publisher, most companies would be happy to see their name appear just once somewhere on the list, and be ecstatic with a top-ten position. To be consistently recognized 20 years in a row is truly an... read more

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Lucky in LUV

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St. Patrick's Day is a holiday known for Leprechauns, shamrocks, parades, and all things Irish!  At Southwest Airlines, we take this holiday very seriously.  We literally have Leprechauns out and about all around the system! For example, our Ground Operations Department is doing an Employee contest called, “Flat Pat,” where locations across the system take pictures of a... read more

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