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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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The Flight of My Life—Bringing An -800 Home to Dallas

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“This Company hiring me (which is a lifelong dream to work with airplanes) has not only turned my life around, but it has inspired me, and I am honestly blessed every day that I come to work for Southwest Airlines. I will ALWAYS go above and beyond for this Company or for any one of my Coworkers just as this Company took me into its Family."  For me, submitting the... read more

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Receiving the -800 With LUV

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It's a big deal when you get something new.   A new haircut, a new car, all milestones.  But WOW, we got a brand new plane! In my short fifteen years with the Company, I've seen some changes over the years, but this change is something special. This red belly plane is a little different from the norm (and a lot different in size). When I first saw it pulling in,... read more

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Av Geeks (Myself Included) Flock to Seattle for Aviation Geek Fest 2012

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Are you an aviation geek?  This past weekend, aviation geeks (also known as "av geeks") from all across the country assembled in the Seattle area, home of the world’s largest aircraft manufacturer, Boeing, to take part in Aviation Geek Fest 2012.  The event, held at the Future of Flight Museum in Everett, WA, was the third of its kind sponsored by our friends at... read more

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Flash Forward: The Birth of our first Dash 800

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Normally, I write about the past, but this post is about history in the making.  As a certified “av geek,” one of the things that fascinates me about airplane construction is how a bunch of metal comes together to form an airliner.  Dara Schmidt, our Boeing Representative, has been supplying us “av geek caviar” with a series of photos showing our first... read more

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Southwest Airlines’ Proud History of the Boeing 737

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 Boeing's 737 has allowed Southwest Airlines to fly to greatness, and conversely, Southwest’s longtime support has played a major role in the continued success of the most prolific jetliner in aviation history.  Today’s announcement about Southwest assuming the role of launch customer for the new 737 MAX further reinforces that relationship.   Look back to a... read more

Flashback Fridays: An Early Visit to the Boeing Factory

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I think it’s time for some more photos of Southwest Airlines aircraft and hot pants from the early days.  While rummaging through our files recently, I found another bunch of slides and negatives that I had never seen before.  Especially for the 1970s, we have a lot of photos that were taken for promotional purposes, which were used once or twice, and then stored away and... read more

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A “Huge” Milestone

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The aviation world celebrates a huge milestone today.  Pan American introduced the Boeing 747 into commercial service 40 years ago on January 21/22, 1970.  PanAm Flight #2 from New York JFK to London Heathrow was scheduled to have left at 7:30 pm on January 21, but an engine problem forced an aircraft change.  N736PA, Clipper Victor, finally departed at 1:52 am on January... read more

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…And the lavs smelled so good!

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Imagine going to a Company event and walking out with the experience of a lifetime. That’s what happened to six lucky SWA Employees who won the grand prizes at our 2009 Messages to the Field--a trip for them and a guest to visit the Boeing factory in Seattle and accept delivery of a brand new SWA airplane! After being well cared for by the Culture Activities Team and... read more

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Boeing 737—Accept No Substitutes

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This episode of Red Belly Radio is about why Southwest Airlines operates only one type of aircraft, the Boeing 737. The simple answer is because it is reliable. But flying one aircraft type also simplifies our system, scheduling, training, ground equipment, maintenance, provisioning, dispatch and probably a slew of other aspects I am not thinking of right now. Crew and... read more

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