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Best of Flashback Fridays: A Historical Look at Southwest and Baseball

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In honor of the opening of baseball season this week, I’ve chosen Brian’s nod to Southwest’s connection with “America’s pastime” as this edition of the Best of Flashback Fridays.  Granted, Brian’s post was written at the very end of that year’s season, just as the 2011 World Series was about to start, but there’s just something about an opening day... read more

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Flashback Fridays: The Ten-Minute Turn in Pictures

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For the next several weeks we’ll be publishing what we consider to be the “Best of” Brian’s Flashback Friday posts.  The first one that we’ve selected reflects a subject and practice of Southwest Airlines that still elicits respect and awe from airline insiders and the traveling public alike.  Hope you enjoy this remarkable “Quick-turn” rerun. How cool... read more

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Flashback Fridays: A New Year and Some Significant Photos

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The most exciting part about my job is opening a drawer or a file and finding gems like the ones I am sharing today.  Over the Holiday break, I found some interesting photos of our early years, and many of them go back to a time before we had even flown our first flight.    We start with what could be a potentially important historic photo.  Rollin King,... read more

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Flashback Fridays: Albuquerque at Age One

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I recently found a large batch of black and white negatives primarily from the year 1981.  These 30-year-old photos contain some interesting views of key Southwest events and of the day-to-day routine of three decades ago.  The next few Flashback Friday installments, including next week’s Holiday edition will come from this era.   But first, we look at the... 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: A Tradition of Change at Southwest Airlines

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Thanks to a research project, I have finally gotten around to a task which I had kept putting aside.  I haven’t procrastinated because of dread, but time constraints were the culprit.  My task is reading all the back issues of our Employee magazine, LUVLines, and I am thoroughly enjoying it.  One thing has struck me quite clearly:  The issues and... read more

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Flashback Fridays: A Look at the Interchange Era

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I think many folks, including a lot of our Employees, have no idea of what airline regulation used to be like.  The airline world into which Southwest Airlines was born in 1971 was very much different than the industry today.  Our success has been a result of deregulation, but it could be argued that our birth as an intrastate airline was because of the economic... read more

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Flashback Fridays: A Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Thanksgiving

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Amarillo's old airport terminal. John Hughes’s movie starring Steve Martin and John Candy is a favorite of airline employees because most of us have had similar situations when trying to get home for a holiday.  Because we fly standby, the possibilities for delay and creative reroutings at the holidays are magnified.  My Planes, Trains, and Automobiles... read more

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Flashback Fridays: Southwest Airlines and an Honored Navy Veteran

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When Southwest began operations in 1971, it was toward the end of the war in Vietnam.  Many of our younger male Employees were Vietnam vets, and many of the older Employees who came to us from other airlines were World War II and Korean War Vets.  Our appreciation of those who served our country by marching, flying, or sailing into harm’s way was evident pretty... read more

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