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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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Herb Collects More Hardware: Lifetime Aviation Entrepreneur Award

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What do John Travolta, Harrison Ford, and Angelina Jolie have in common with our beloved Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Herb Kelleher? They share a dedication to aviation! On Friday, January 16, Herb accepted the Lifetime Aviation Entrepreneur Award at the 12th-annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. Hosted by John Travolta, the awards... read more

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Road to Dallas Love Field Officially Named “Herb Kelleher Way“

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In June 2011, the road leading into the entrance of Dallas Love Field was given the honorary name of “Herb Kelleher Way” in honor and recognition of our beloved Founder.  In preparation for the repeal of the Wright Amendment, The Dallas City Council unanimously approved to officially and permanently rename a portion of Cedar Springs Road from Mockingbird Lane to the... 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: Message to the Field

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Communicating openly and often has always been an expectation for our Southwest Leaders.  When the Company first started, long before the countless means of digital communication we all rely on today, it was still small enough to have face-to-face conversations with just about everyone. In fact, it wouldn’t have been uncommon to see Lamar Muse or Rollin King at one of the... 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: Signature Series, Part 1

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Specialty planes decorated as State Flags, painted in Classic colors, or painted like a giant killer whale are common here at Southwest Airlines.  I always love seeing one come in for a landing. The Flagship planes are, of course, the easiest to spot, but there are a few planes that simply have a name signed on the sides of the planes’ noses.  These are part of the... read more

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LUV in Fortune: A Kelleher Story

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Fortune Magazine is one of the most popular and esteemed business magazines in the world. In the current issue that’s on stands now, Fortune’s Jennifer Reingold talks to Herb about airline consolidation, the book he’s writing, and many other colorful topics! In the article, Fortune describes Herb as a rare bird: “an entrepreneur who managed to create a successful... read more

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Wild Turkey: The National Bird of Southwest Airlines

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Is there a more iconic symbol of Thanksgiving than the turkey?  No, we’re not talking about a big Tom as the centerpiece of the table surrounded by dressing, mashed potatoes, and cranberries.  I’m talking about the magnificent wild turkey, which was the mainstay of the diets of Native Americans along the East Coast.  Ben Franklin thought the bird was more... read more

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Must-see Herb TV

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Thursday used to be the night of must-see TV with Friends and Seinfeld.  Well this Thursday, it is once again with CNBC presenting their in-depth look at Herb Kelleher as part of their Titans series that chronicles some of America’s top business leaders.  The production team conducted in-depth interviews with Herb, Gary Kelly, Colleen Barrett, and other longtime... read more

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