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Best of Flashback Fridays: Assorted Early Southwest Photos

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This week, we're bringing you a “golden oldie” as a fun, Fourth of July Flashback gift.  This post originally appeared in January 2013 and was authored by our then Corporate Historian, Brian Lusk.  Given all the achievements Southwest has made over the years, and that the AirTran acquisition provided us the opportunity to achieve our most recent milestone of... read more

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Flashback Fridays: Club Schmitz

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About 25 years before our first flight from Love Field, a small burger joint on what was then the far reaches of Dallas opened its doors for the first time. As the area around Love Field grew, so did the restaurant's fan base.  And when Southwest Airlines established roots in the community, the restaurant known as Club Schmitz quickly became an Employee favorite.  On May... read more

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Flashback Fridays: The Presidents and Southwest

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Every day, our Employees interact with many well-known Customers, from local newscasters all the way up to major movie stars. And occasionally, you may even catch a glimpse of one of them onboard one of our planes.  Over the years, we’ve even had the opportunity to welcome some as famous as the President of the United States onboard.  Here are a few from over the years. ... read more

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Flashback Fridays: Indianapolis Welcomes SWA

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This April marks the 25th year of Southwest service into Indianapolis. As our 27th destination, service was initially composed of 11 daily departures to St. Louis and Detroit City Airport. A hallmark of our entry into new markets has always been a reduction in fares, and Indianapolis was no exception.  Compared to the $189.00 fares traditionally offered by other airlines to... read more

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Flashback Fridays: Love Events

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Prior to 1984, our official inflight magazine found in the 112 seatback pockets onboard our aircraft was known simply as Southwest Airlines Magazine, and it was published by Summit Publishing Company of San Antonio. While we didn’t pay for the publication (the publisher earned revenue from the advertisements within,) it did feature Southwest-generated content providing a... read more

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Flashback Fridays: The RUSH Is On

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During the height of our early battles to stay in the air, an opportunity presented itself when Southwest Airlines signed an agreement with a local courier company to provide one of our first cargo services between our three original cities. Known as RUSH, or Receives Urgent and Special Handling, the door-to-door courier service was a new way to get important items throughout... 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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Flashback Friday: Being Admired for 20 Years

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This year, our Company once again appeared on FORTUNE Magazine’s coveted Most Admired list.  Described as “the definitive report card on corporate reputations” by the publisher, most companies would be happy to see their name appear just once somewhere on the list, and be ecstatic with a top-ten position. To be consistently recognized 20 years in a row is truly an... read more

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Flashback Fridays: Games of LUV

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From time to time, factors often beyond any of our control may cause our Customers to spend a little more time at the airport or on one of our planes than expected.  Over the years, our Employees have created various songs, games, and trivia contests to keep our Customers engaged and help spread the Southwest Culture. After many years of these activities being passed... read more

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Flashback Fridays: The Crescent City

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If you’ve flown around the system over the past few days, you may have noticed some Customers adorned with festive colorful beads and hats, sharing stories of an experience like no other.  Some may have even had such a good time that their recollection of events remains rather fuzzy. But there is a good chance they just came from our first destination outside of the... read more

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