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Off the Clock: Sealed with a Kisa

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At Southwest, we are known for our unique Culture and Fun-LUVing Employees.  And believe me when I say that they are as interesting off the clock as they are when they are working!  In fact, we often spotlight Employees and their hobbies in our Employee magazine, LUVLines.  Meet Pam! Pam Graham Finance Business Process Consultant I have rescued greyhounds for a long time;... read more

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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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Flashback Fridays: 41 Years of ‘The Last’ Chili Cookoff

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In Texas, Chili is taken pretty seriously.  There will always be the debate—beans or no beans, onions or no onions, spicy or mild, and the list goes on.  Despite your preference, you’ll find a little of it all at Southwest’s Annual Chili Cookoff. The irony is that the event that was only expected to happen once has now grown to be one of our longest-lived Culture... read more

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Gary Kelly on the State of Aviation

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Our very own fearless Leader, Gary Kelly, was recently asked to join the exclusive LinkedIn Influencer group.  This impressive group of Leaders is comprised of more than 400 top world and business leaders, who share professional insights with LinkedIn’s members. Gary graciously accepted the invitation and has recently contributed content to his profile, including a post... read more

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More than 44,000 Reasons to Say Thank You

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For the 20th year in a row, Southwest has been one of  FORTUNE’s Most Admired Companies, and our CEO Gary Kelly wanted to say an extra special thank you to the Employees of Southwest Airlines: I really just want to thank all our Employees.  To be on the Fortune list just once is an incredible accomplishment; but, to be on the Fortune list 20 years in a row, is... read more

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Southwest Women Lead on the Ground and in the Skies

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At Southwest Airlines, we’re proud of our talented women Employees who have made history not only at Southwest, but in the aviation industry as a whole.  During Women’s History Month, we salute the many women who are blazing trails all over the globe and right here in our corner of the world. Colleen Barrett, Southwest Airlines’ President Emeritus In 2001, Colleen... read more

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Flashback Fridays: Esquire Magazine Creates Iconic Southwest Image

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Back in early 1974, Southwest Airlines had finally cleared an annual profit, but remained relatively unknown outside of Texas.  We were still only flying to our original three cities with three airplanes, but it didn’t go completely unnoticed. Forty years ago this month, Southwest entered the national media spotlight when one of our original 1971 Flight Attendants, Sandra... read more

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LUV is in the Air … and on the Ground!

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It's the LUV month and at the LUV airline, our dear friend Cupid has shot more than a few arrows into the hearts of our Employees. Here’s a look at a few of the more than 1,400 amazing LUV Couples (Southwest Employees who are married to another Southwest Employee) who have dedicated themselves not only to Southwest but also to each other. Craig & Amy Henrichsen Years... read more

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Southwest: A Family Tradition

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At Southwest, we are known for referring to our Coworkers as Family and for treating each other with the same care and respect you would show your family members at home.  It’s part of what makes Southwest a great place to work and an airline our Customers love to fly.  For some Southwest Employees, Family is not just a figure of speech.  It may surprise you to learn that... read more

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