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Ahhh … That New Plane Smell!

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There’s nothing like the smell of “new”—new houses, new cars, and of course, new airplanes! I was recently able to join two dozen of my Southwest Family Members in picking up one of our brand-new 737-800s from our friends and partners at Boeing.   It was one of the most exciting and FUN experiences of my 35 years in this industry! There’s more to picking up one... read more

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A Day in the Life of a Southwest 737

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This article by John Harrell, with photos by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren, was a special to Airchive.com that was published April 4, 2014. It’s still dark in Seattle at 5:00 a.m. as passengers check in for early-morning departures.  But one of Southwest Airlines’ most hardworking employees, about to begin a 14-hour workday, has already been waiting here at Sea-Tac Airport since... read more

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A Dream in the Making

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All across the country each year, Southwest Airlines Pilots volunteer their time to participate in the Southwest Airlines Adopt-a-Pilot Program.  The program educates fifth-grade students through aviation-themed activities related to science, geography, math, writing, and other core subjects.  Nine years ago, I was one of those students sitting in the classroom.  At that... read more

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Charters: 2014 NCAA Basketball Tournament

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Southwest had a very successful charter operation for the 2014 NCAA Basketball Tournament this year.  We operated 66 charters—18 of them alumni and fans—slightly more than the 62 charters operated last year.  We carried more than 7,000 folks on these charters, which were full of teams, bands, university officials, alumni, and fans! This year’s men’s tournament... read more

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Split Scimitar Winglets Have Arrived

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Today Southwest operates its first revenue flight utilizing a Boeing 737-800 equipped with Aviation Partner’s Boeing Split Scimitar Winglets. These new Winglets offer reduced fuel consumption and emissions. In fact, we estimate an increase in our annual fuel savings of approximately 3.5 percent per aircraft from blended winglets to approximately 5-5.5 percent per aircraft... read more

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Flashback Fridays: The RUSH Is On

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During the height of our early battles to stay in the air, an opportunity presented itself when Southwest Airlines signed an agreement with a local courier company to provide one of our first cargo services between our three original cities. Known as RUSH, or Receives Urgent and Special Handling, the door-to-door courier service was a new way to get important items throughout... read more

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What’s Love got to do with it? Everything!

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Southwest Airlines and Dallas have a long and spirited Love story.  Through good times and some tough times over the last 43 years, Southwest has shown a strong commitment to our hometown, Dallas.  With the departure of the Wright Amendment just around the corner, we have some exciting times ahead! Southwest wants to show Dallas even more LUV by adding 12 new, nonstop... read more

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Inside Spirit’s April 2014 Issue

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The coolest thing about working with the inflight magazine for Southwest, believe it or not, isn’t the travel. Well, okay, it’s the travel.  But the second coolest thing, for me, is getting to meet smart, curious people and to collaborate on meaningful stories.  One of those people is Warren Burger. A mutual friend introduced us a while back, because Warren was working... read more

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It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a … Helicopter in the School Yard!

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For the past nine years, I have had the honor and privilege of serving as an Adopt-A-Pilot.  I visit three fifth-grade classrooms each month at Desert Shadows Elementary School in Scottsdale, Arizona. We talk about everything from the history and future of aviation to science, math, and geography.  By telling these students about my career, I encourage them to start... read more

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More LUV for Washington’s Reagan/National Airport!

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I have GREAT news to share about expansion of our service at Washington!  As a result of Southwest’s recent slot purchase, we’ll add new service to and from Reagan/National (DCA) airport in three separate waves later this year.   Effective August 10 (available on March 21) Chicago/Midway          6 new flights                (New market)... read more

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