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Capt. Nancy Martin-Belitz on Empowering Youth through Adopt-A-Pilot

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Southwest Airlines is proud to celebrate Women’s History Month. We are passionate about empowering women all year long. Below is a post by Captain Nancy Martin-Belitz about how she empowers youth, and how she inspires those in her community.  Nancy in a Fall Travel Ad Amelia Earhart tells us the most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. ... read more

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A New Hire’s Journey

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Michael Neel had two dream jobs growing up—to be a centerfielder for the New York Yankees or to work for Southwest Airlines. While the Yankees didn’t really work out, he never lost sight of his dream to work for Southwest and his passion for the Company continued through high school. “My L.L. Bean backpack had the initials SWA, my senior quote was ‘Fly Southwest... read more

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March 17, 1985: Breathing New Life into Chicago-Midway

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On the day when the Chicago River was dyed green in 1985, Chicago-Midway Airport (MDW) received a breath of fresh air when Southwest Airlines marched into town with eight nonstop flights to St. Louis.  Today, MDW ranks first in the Southwest system in terms of daily flights. Back in 1985, Chicago had been on the radar as a new destination for quite some time, but the... read more

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Southwest: The Magazine’s March Star … Diane Fajardo

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“You should work for an airline!” That’s what Diane Fajardo’s mother always told her. But it didn’t become a possibility until 2007, when Diane received an invitation to interview with Southwest Airlines. The only problem? Diane hadn’t applied for a job at Southwest. It turns out Diane’s sister had submitted an application on her behalf without her knowledge.... read more

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Flashback Fridays: The Fred J. Jones

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Although our first Specialty Plane in a livery other than our unmistakable Desert Gold didn’t join the fleet until later in the decade, a select group of Employees instrumental in the success of our young Company were honored by having their name affixed to the nose of one of our birds.  And that’s exactly what happened 31 years ago this week when N96SW was dedicated as... read more

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Making History at Southwest Airlines

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Our final post in celebration of Black History Month comes from Southwest Airlines’ Lou Freeman, the first African American Chief Pilot of a major U.S. carrier. Southwest Airlines is proud to celebrate Black History Month in February and all through the year. I was born in Austin, Texas and my family moved to Dallas when I was ten years old. My childhood was pretty normal... read more

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Southwest: The Magazine’s February Star … Maurice Alexander

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If it’s broken, Maurice Alexander can fix it. As a Systemwide Senior Field Technician in St. Louis, Maurice spends his days keeping our airport terminals in full working order. Maurice’s journey with Southwest Airlines began in 1997 when, with a little nudge from his wife, Rosalind, he decided to give up being a self-employed general contractor to apply for a job at the... read more

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Looking for Leaders to Soar at Southwest

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If you’re an aspiring Leader, I hope Southwest Airlines is already on your radar. But in case you need more convincing, Southwest ranked #7 on Chief Executive’s 2015 “Best Companies for Leaders” list. Now is your chance. Southwest is excited to announce a first-time opportunity for external Leaders who are interested in joining our Emerging Leader Development Program,... read more

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Southwest: The Magazine’s January Star … Sue Snyder

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In her more than 21 years as a Southwest Airlines Employee, Sue Snyder has never taken a single sick day. That’s right: not one. Her incredible spirit for the Company she LUVs keeps her coming in, workday after workday. That explains why Sue’s Coworkers repeatedly use the words “hardworking” and “dedicated” to describe her. As a Pilot Base Coordinator, Sue... read more

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Inspiration from Martin Luther King, Jr.

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My favorite Martin Luther King, Jr. quote is: "People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don't know each other; they don't know each other because they have not communicated with each other." At Southwest Airlines, we have always had a Culture of treating each other and out Customers like Family.  As our Employee and Customer... read more

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