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One Last Flight: Final 717 in AirTran Livery Takes to the Skies

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On December 28, 2014, AirTran Flight #1 closed the commercial chapter of AirTran Airways history when it landed in Tampa just before midnight.  The next morning, all remaining 717s were flown to Goodyear, AZ, for short-term storage in the favorable desert environment.  Yesterday morning, the last 717 in AirTran livery took to the skies for the final time on its way to... read more

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Developing the Aileron

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(Photo by Steve Wiggins) Many people are familiar with the large flaps on airplane wings and their role in producing lift/drag.  But have you ever noticed the smaller hinged sections on the outboard part of the wings?  These are ailerons (French for “little wings”), and they are an important part of the modern airplane—albeit relatively unknown to the general... read more

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Every Seat Has A Story: Oh My, A Birthday Party in the Sky!

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We love to hear how our Employees make a difference in the lives of our Customers. Today, Southwest Customer Deborah Herst conveys the enthusiasm with which Flight Attendants Lisa Castignetti, Jamillah Shareef, and Avery Swanson hosted a birthday party in the sky for her dad!   Southwest Airlines brought my dad to a new “high” – both literally and... read more

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Southwest: The Magazine’s Caribbean Logic

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When Southwest started flying to the Caribbean, we editors at Southwest: The Magazine were pretty excited. I mean, the idea that this beautiful nearby sea just got even closer? But professionally speaking, the Caribbean presented a problem. What could we possibly do in the magazine that hadn’t already been done by a jillion travel writers. We thought: kids. Yeah, kids had... read more

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Flashback Fridays: Lounge Seating

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An unforgettable fixture of our early cabins was their classic lounge seating.  For over 30 years, they could be considered the most sought-after, or avoided, seats on the plane. Lounge seats could be found in the first and last rows, as well as around the overwing exits.  The reversed row of seats made a great place for business travelers to have a meeting “on the... read more

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A Roundtrip Surprise

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It was a special day for Kansas City barber Joey Thomas when he received a big surprise from the city’s Mayor. Thomas, a father of two – including a newborn, is deeply invested in helping his community become a better place. One of the initiatives he is very involved in happens to be one that Southwest Airlines supports. It’s a reading-focused organization called... read more

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How to Celebrate July 4th: Fireworks in Your Favorite SWA Cities

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You could watch your hometown’s fireworks this Fourth of July... or you could take advantage of the incredible fanfare at one of these Independence Day celebrations.   Lights on the Lake Touted as the biggest fireworks display in Southern California. Watch the show from Big Bear Lake’s public parks or from a boat! Make sure to bring a blanket—it can get chilly! Fly... read more

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Angi and Tim’s Exceptional Experience

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My fiance (now husband), Tim, and I were heading down to Pensacola, Fla., to get married.  I did not inform Southwest of our wedding plans, but thanks to an Employee at the Nashville airport to whom I asked a wedding dress-related question, our Flight Crew found out why we were traveling and made us feel exceptional throughout the flight.  It was the best trip ever! After... read more

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A Tribute to My Dad: Honoring My Life’s Pilot

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On June 3, 2015 I had the honor and privilege to fly my Dad, Richard W. Schaubert, and other WWII Veterans on the Honor Flight Chicago from Washington Dulles to Chicago Midway. My Dad served in the 508 Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne during WWII, and was stationed in Frankfort, Germany. I am forever grateful for the bravery and sacrifices of my Dad and all veterans... read more

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From a Golden Crew to the Golden Gate

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Flying Southwest is always a pleasure. Almost one year ago, I flew Southwest for the first time.  Since then, I’ve been hooked. Luckily I get a large dose of Southwest all summer through my internship with the Social Business Team! One perk—besides working with some of the friendliest folks I know—is being able to travel for free, space-available.  Non-revenue travel... read more

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