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Flashback Fridays: Rudolph the Radome Reindeer

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One of my favorite Southwest holiday images is that of an odd-looking 737 with “a nose that glows.”  Back in the fall of 1981, a rather strange looking -200 had recently joined the fleet as a short-term lease from Belgium’s Trans European Airways. The standard “Southwest” name was affixed to the vertical stabilizer, but otherwise the aircraft retained the... read more

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Flashback Fridays: 30 Years of -300s

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As we commemorate the 111th anniversary of the Wright Brothers’ first powered flight over Kitty Hawk, our very own Kitty Hawk will also celebrate an anniversary of its own.  Thirty years ago this week, N300SW, the first Boeing 737-300 to enter revenue service, was welcomed to the Southwest Family with a star-studded event. When explaining how the timing and name for the... read more

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Kids View Thanksgiving Parade From the Porch at Bryant Park

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This is a guest post from Julia Masucci, Director, Donor Care & Administration Make-A-Wish® Metro New York and Western New York. For the second year in a row, our wonderful partners at Southwest Airlines created huge smiles and warm hearts for Make-A-Wish® kids and their families on Thanksgiving Day.  Southwest provided a first-class opportunity to view the Macy’s... read more

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The Incredible Journey of Spice the Kitten

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Some of you may remember the movie Homeward Bound, in which household animals become lost from their family and make the Incredible Journey to reunite with their loved ones.  It’s truly a heartwarming story. But that doesn’t just happen on the big screen—it also happened on one of our Southwest 737s. Meet Spice the Kitten, who slipped out of her home in Albuquerque,... read more

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Food From The Heart

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For the past six years, I’ve organized the Southwest Airlines Technology Department’s Annual Canned Food Showdown benefiting Metro Relief, a food pantry located in The Colony.  Metro Relief is unique in that their entire staff is volunteer or self-supporting, so all the money donated goes toward helping those in need rather than paying staff.  Metro Relief provides... read more

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Operation Freedom Bird Helps American Combat Veterans Find Healing.

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This guest post from Patrick Ziegert of Operation Freedom Bird originally appeared in the November 2014 edition of Southwest: The Magazine.  Friends in Arms: OFB takes vets to the Vietnam Wall and other war memorials. Operation Freedom Bird (OFB) keeps its annual commitment to helping American combat veterans find healing. In the 1980s, Pat Lynch, a decorated Vietnam... read more

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Flashback Friday: Cash Back at the Gate

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When Southwest came to “Beautiful Downtown Burbank” in 1990, the average fare was almost $200 to intra-California destinations such as Oakland.  As a way to introduce our brand to the market, our first promotion offered Customers the chance to travel for much less than half the traditional rate by offering cash back at the gate. With ads stating “Fly Southwest to... read more

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Employees Help Seniors in Need

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Today, we hosted our sixth annual Meals on Wheels (MOW) Blitz in Dallas, with 398 Employees taking a few hours of their day to run 126 routes, and deliver 1,953 meals to seniors in need. Thanks to the efforts of these volunteers,  the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) saved the costs for the 12 paid drivers who normally deliver those meals.  This means an additional senior... read more

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It Is Our Honor

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In May 2005, six small planes flew out of Springfield, Ohio, carrying 12 World War II veterans bound for the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. This inaugural Honor Flight Tour was the first of many that would allow for over 115,000 veterans to be flown, free of charge, to visit their memorials.  Last Friday, more than nine years later, Southwest Airlines... read more

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Flashback Friday: Flight to Fight Hunger

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Ten years ago this month, Southwest Airlines teamed up with Texas grocer H-E-B to help feed those in need with a program titled “Flight to Fight Hunger.” Landing in six Southwest Cities, a new 737-700 carried more than 1.2 million pounds of food to 18 food banks supplying more than 350 charities throughout the state thanks to the efforts of the two Texas legends. In... read more

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