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Wide Urban Spaces: Southwest Airlines brings Placemaking to Baltimore

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This guest post from Mike Evitts originally appeared in the July 2015 edition of Southwest: The Magazine.  If you’ve ever been to the Inner Harbor in Downtown Baltimore, you’ve likely walked down Pratt Street. With shops, stores, restaurants, and apartments along the water’s edge, this thoroughfare functions as Baltimore’s Main Street. But it was designed before... read more

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Flashback Fridays: SWA Belt Buckles

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We recently noticed a neat piece of our Southwest history being discussed on the SWA Culture Facebook page—unique belt buckles celebrating past events!  In particular, an Employee shared a buckle that recognized our 10th anniversary in 1981. Within our archive, we have several of these commemorative pieces, and I recently had the opportunity to learn a little more about... read more

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Get Ready, Jet Set, Go! International Fare Sale is Going on Now!

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The international fare sale is coming, the international fare sale is coming! Wanna get away? Now’s as good as Anytime! Southwest Airlines is offering an international fare sale with fares starting as low as $97 one-way to some of our international hotspots. But wait, it gets better! The sale won’t be for one or two days, but for THREE DAYS! Head to Southwest.com now... read more

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Every Seat Has A Story: Abracadabra! Magical Hospitality

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On a recent late night flight from Baltimore to Portland, Maine, 142 Customers experienced some Southwest Hospitality delivered in an unusual fashion.  The flight was already late leaving BWI due to a weather-related delay on the aircraft’s previous segment, and then, just before pushing from the gate, a minor maintenance issue cropped up, lengthening the delay even further... read more

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Flashback Fridays: We’re going to Florida!

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At one of our Southwest Rallies earlier in the year, Gary shared a story about how secretive Herb was about plans for Florida for many years.  No doubt, one of the many lessons Gary took to heart from Herb was the importance of keeping a secret in this brutally competitive industry. Florida was a destination everyone looked forward to our airline serving for a long time, but... 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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Going Green: Update on Reusable Car Seat/Stroller Bags

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In 2013, Southwest’s Green Team, a group made up of Employees from across the Company, began the journey towards eliminating the environmentally wasteful plastic car seat/stroller bags. With the help of Employee and Customer feedback, the Green Team successfully created and tested an environmentally and wallet-friendly reusable car seat bag to sell at the ticket counter. ... read more

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July Rapid Rewards Freedom Story: Ad Hoc Communications Resources CEO Shelli Ryan

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After starting her own IT consulting firm in the 1990s, Shelli Ryan was looking for an affordable way to meet with clients in Silicon Valley and still get back home in time to have dinner with her husband and Kitty, their cat. Almost 20 years later, Shelli still views Southwest Airlines as a partner and claims that the airline helped build her business, Ad Hoc Communication... read more

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Flashback Fridays: Kharacters at Hobby

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Of the many quirky images within our archive, a few of my favorites are from a 1973 promotion in Houston featuring a few characters from a local retailer celebrating the opening of a new store.  Just like Southwest, the young company wasn’t afraid to make a splash with some creative advertising.   Kids’ Kounty Superfunsuperstore , a big box retailer catering to... read more

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Employee Stories: At Southwest, Friends are Family

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At Southwest, we pride ourselves on our Family Culture. It’s not uncommon to hear stories of our Employees going out of their way to support each other—that’s something we love to do. Recently, HOU Customer Service Agent Evelyn Jimenes and her family experienced firsthand just how special her Southwest Cohearts are.   Evelyn’s daughter, ChrisAnn Solorzano,... read more

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