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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 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: Name That Plane

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As any avgeek will tell you, the easiest way to identify an aircraft is its official FAA registration, or its “tail number.”  In absence of an official name, it’s the second most unique identifier for any bird, other than serial number assigned to it by the manufacturer. The numbers may look small and sometimes hard to read, but the foot-tall letters and numbers can be... 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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Flashback Fridays: The King of Late Night and Our Queen of Hearts

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Depending on how you do the math, this week marks the end of Jay Leno’s 20+ year tenure on The Tonight Show.  I have always been a fan, but frequently notice Jay never misses an opportunity to crack a joke that sometimes paints our Company in an awkward light. After hearing all the monologues over the years, I was surprised to notice several photos of Jay on the walls... read more

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Flashback Fridays: Our First Year in the Black

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As we all know, between the time Rollin and Herb sat down at the St. Anthony bar in 1966 and when a desert gold-adorned 737 actually left the ground with paying Customers onboard in 1971, Air Southwest (the name initially incorporated in 1967) attempted to secure capital from investors with the promise one day of a return on their investment. Most of the seven million dollars... read more

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Flashback Fridays: Why WN?

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I had always wondered how our Company’s International Air Transport Association (IATA) identifier WN came to be. AirTran’s FL was logical, with its Florida roots and “Citrus” radio call sign, and classics such as Pan Am’s PA certainly made sense.  But why WN for Southwest? Perhaps “Why Not” is the best answer. This question was one that I had since first... read more

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Flashback Fridays: The First Airline

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100 years ago this week, our industry was born over Tampa Bay when the first scheduled commercial flight took place on New Year’s Day of 1914.  The St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line, the world’s first airline, operated the first commercial airplane flight from St. Petersburg to Tampa only a few days after the tenth anniversary of the Wright Brothers first powered flight. ... read more

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