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BWI Shows Students ‘Without a Heart, it’s just a machine.’

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It's certainly true at Southwest Airlines that “Without a Heart, it’s just a machine.”  Twenty-four BWI Employees put their Heart into showing how they are more than just a 365-day operation. The Southwest BWI Employees served up a heaping amount of Hospitality by hosting 13 aviation-curious students from the First Baptist Church of Glenarden (FBCG) Aviation Career... read more

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Happy National Fried Chicken Day!

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What could be more iconic than fried chicken on a summer day? Today is National Fried Chicken Day, and to celebrate, Southwest Airlines partnered with Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen to surprise and delight some unsuspecting—and hungry—Customers in Atlanta with a picnic in the gate area. Popeyes Brand Ambassadors handed out snack boxes filled with fried chicken strips and a... read more

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In Love With Liberia

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Starting in October, Southwest will fly to Liberia, Costa Rica out of our brand-new international terminal in Houston.  Tickets to all international routes from Houston are now for sale on Southwest.com—CLICK HERE to check out routes and fares. Your legs are heavy.  It’s the second hike of the day, and every muscle in your body protests the steep ascent. All of the... read more

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In with the new: Wichita’s Terminal Opens

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You might notice something different the next time you touch down in Wichita, Kansas. OK, let’s be honest, you’ll notice it right away. This morning, officials at Wichita D. Eisenhower National Airport unlocked the doors to its brand new terminal. All you have to do to experience the new amenities is step right off the airplane and into the jet bridge- one of 12... read more

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Every Airport Code Tells a Story

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Ah, three-letter airport codes.  The bane of most airline new hires!  I had to memorize and pass a test on 240 airport codes before my very first day of reservations training at that “other” airline on June 24, 1978. (I aced it.)  I thought you guys might enjoy some airport code history, trivia, and Fun! The Origin of the 3-Letter Code Originally, airports just had... 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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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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Out of the gate! Six International Destinations Planned for Launch Service from Houston Hobby

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We’re excited to make it official today by filing to fly from our new international facility at Houston (Hobby) to four destinations in Mexico plus Costa Rica, and a new country for Southwest Airlines—Belize!  The service to six destinations in three countries would begin in October 2015, subject to government approval:  Cancun; Mexico City; Puerto Vallarta, and San... read more

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SWA Announces Intention to Serve Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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Speaking to investors and financial analysts Monday morning in Dallas, Gary Kelly announced that Southwest has filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to add our fourth destination in Mexico with daily roundtrip service between John Wayne Orange County Airport (SNA) and Licenciado Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport in Puerto Vallarta,... 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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