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Flashback Fridays: Saying Goodnight to the 737-200s

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When Southwest's Founder Herb Kelleher was in search for an aircraft to start an airline with back in 1971, Boeing offered him a deal that was hard to pass up – a handsome discount off the list price along with 90 percent financing on one of their relatively newest aircraft line, the 737-200.  And for the next 34 years, that series of aircraft would go on to not only help... read more

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Flashback Fridays: 25 Years of Culture

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It’s hard to believe that it was 25 years ago when Colleen called 15 Southwest Employees to come together to talk about our Company’s Culture.  It was probably the first official meeting where folks sat around and actually discussed this phenomenon. I was very blessed to be a member of that special group that became known as the Companywide Culture Committee.  At that... read more

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Flashback Fridays: Cleveland Rocks

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Just before Valentine’s Day of 1992, Southwest Airlines brought a little LUV to Cleveland, our first destination in the Buckeye State. Our first two flights from Cleveland served Chicago and St. Louis, with fares as low as $39 each way.  Customers could even bring a friend along at no charge during the “Friends Fly Free” campaign which coincided with our inaugural... read more

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Flashback Fridays: Ticketless for 20 Years

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This month marks the 20th year of Southwest becoming the first major airline to offer electronic, or ticketless, travel on every flight systemwide. It's something we’ve all become accustomed to today, but it was a revolutionary change in the way we do business. The ability to issue ticketless itineraries came about following our departure from the major reservations systems... read more

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Flashback Fridays: Rudolph the Radome Reindeer

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One of my favorite Southwest holiday images is that of an odd-looking 737 with “a nose that glows.”  Back in the fall of 1981, a rather strange looking -200 had recently joined the fleet as a short-term lease from Belgium’s Trans European Airways. The standard “Southwest” name was affixed to the vertical stabilizer, but otherwise the aircraft retained the... read more

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Flashback Fridays: 30 Years of -300s

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As we commemorate the 111th anniversary of the Wright Brothers’ first powered flight over Kitty Hawk, our very own Kitty Hawk will also celebrate an anniversary of its own.  Thirty years ago this week, N300SW, the first Boeing 737-300 to enter revenue service, was welcomed to the Southwest Family with a star-studded event. When explaining how the timing and name for the... read more

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Flashback Fridays: Connecting the Coasts

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Based on our original establishment as a shorthaul, high frequency, intrastate airline, most of our flights in our first 25 years of service were usually no more than an hour or two long, which fit perfectly within the capabilities of our 737-200s and -300s.  As the launch Customer for Boeing’s -700 series aircraft, an opportunity presented itself to take our average trip... read more

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Flashback Fridays: Maintenance Moves Southwest

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Twenty-two years ago this month, our Maintenance (now Technical Operations) Department grew by 25 percent when the hangar doors of our fourth base (Phoenix) welcomed their first Boeings in October 1992. The 125,000 square-foot facility was built to expand our ability to keep our aircraft and ground service equipment in top-of-the-line order, while also representing our... read more

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Flashback Fridays: Reforming Wright, One Step at a Time

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Between the time the Wright Amendment was signed into law by President Carter in February 1980 and another Federal law in 2006 finally set in play the freedoms we will begin to enjoy on Monday, 56 additional dots joined our route map, but a Customer traveling to or from Love Field was not allowed to buy a single ticket to the majority of our new destinations.  And although we... read more

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Flashback Friday: A LUVLines Look Around the System

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For over 40 years, LUVLines, our internal Employee magazine, has featured news from around the system while also showcasing the FUN we have both on and off the clock.  Our Flashback this week takes a look back at some of these features from the late summer of 1994. Taking the Plunge at ABQ With temperatures well in excess of 100, Albuquerque Employees look for creative... read more

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