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Flashback Fridays: An End to the Second Great War

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This weekend marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.  Although the second Great War predates the history of Southwest Airlines, our home of Love Field played in an important role in supporting the efforts of the allied forces and the march to victory following the surrender of Japan on August 15, 1945. (more...)

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50 DESTINATIONS IN A DAY? NO WAY!

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We’re doing something amazing at our home in Dallas, Texas! Today, we officially begin flying to 50 destinations with new nonstop flights, bringing our Love Field operation up to 180 daily departures! (more...)

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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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