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Capt. Joe’s “You Never Know Who You’ll Meet on a Southwest Flight”

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On a recent flight to the Pacific Northwest, I was greeting my passengers as they came through the main cabin door. One gent, who looked approximately my age said, “You know I worked on the very first Boeing 737 when I was in college.”  His statement immediately piqued my interest, so I asked him to stop and chat a minute in the cockpit doorway.His name was Kurt... 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: The Not-so-Golden, Golden Days

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 One of the things I like to do here at Flashback Fridays is to place historical context behind current issues we face as an airline.  Without being too contrarian, I admit I like to burst myths of aviation’s “good old days,” that period from about 1955 to 1965 upon which everyone looks fondly today and bemoans, "Gee I wish we could travel like that... read more

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Flashback Fridays: A Look At The Roots Of Our Industry

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Following up to my last Flashback Friday post about the former Pan American terminal on Treasure Island, I thought we might stay in the 1930s for one more week.  It’s easy to forget the roots of commercial air travel and just how far we have come, and also there is a big lesson here about thinking outside the box and willingness to change.  My first airplane trip was in... read more

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Flashback Fridays: Discovering Aerial Treasure at Treasure Island

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Right up front, I will admit that there isn’t a direct Southwest Airlines reference in this edition of Flashback Fridays, but I am going to take a look at what I consider hallowed ground to anyone in the airline industry or to airline passengers.  It’s a site that, as a naval base, has been removed from general public access since the entry of the U.S. into World War II,... read more

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Flashback Fridays–Southwest Airlines’ Heritage in a Photo

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One of the cool things about trying to organize our historical archives is that, out of the blue, an amazing photo, clipping, or other artifact will spring to life.  Since June is our birthday month, the next four Flashback Fridays will be devoted to our earliest beginnings.   We have always made a big deal about June.  The photo below was in a pile of negatives, and it... read more

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Flashback Fridays–The Texas Sesquicentennial and Southwest Airlines

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Even the most casual Southwest Airlines observer is aware of our high flying tribute to our home state of Texas, Lone Star One.  On November 7, 1990, the aircraft was unveiled in a ceremony that included the famous Kilgore Rangerettes.    Lone Star One was part of our 20th Anniversary celebrations, and in turn it “begat” our other state flag-themed specialty... read more

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Flashback Fridays–A Quarter Century of Southwest Airlines and Ontario

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That’s Ontario, California as opposed to the Canadian province of Ontario, and it’s amazing the number of people that confuse the two.  No matter, Southwest Airlines has been a part of the Ontario Airport and the Inland Empire Community for a quarter-century, and I thought this would be a good time to look back at the history of this important Southern California... read more

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Flashback Fridays–Portland International Before Southwest Airlines

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This week we swing the Flashback Friday compass needle to an area of the country we haven’t explored yet as we flashback to an airport that is one of my very favorites, Portland International (PDX).  Southwest Airlines began service to Portland on June 6, 1994, but as Oregon’s largest airport, PDX has a long and rich history.  I was a small part of that history having... read more

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Flashback Fridays–Southwest Airlines and Las Vegas

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Where on the Southwest Airlines system do our aircraft take off with the Empire State Building, the Eiffel Tower, and an Egyptian pyramid and Sphinx in the background?  Well, we do fly to New York La Guardia, but not to Paris or Cairo, so the answer is Las Vegas.   That’s right, Flashback Fridays takes a look at Vegas, baby!  Since the big Southwest companywide Spirit... read more

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