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Best of Flashback Fridays: Origins of the Boeing 737, Part Three

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This week’s “Best of” post focuses on the Boeing 737 “Classics” family—specifically, the -300, -400, and -500 series—and the role that Southwest played in the development of the 300s and 500s. This continuation of Brian’s “Origins of the Boeing 737” series originally ran in March, 2012, and it’s always interesting to look at all that has changed in the... read more

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Best of Flashback Fridays: Origins of the Boeing 737, Part Two

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The subtitle for this week’s “Best of” post is “The 737-200 Advanced and Some Oddities”   The first time this was published on February 24, 2012, I remember being fascinated by an odd aircraft feature that I had not heard of before: the “Vortex Dissipator.”  Considering that this has to do with making landings on gravel runways possible, I... read more

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Best of Flashback Fridays: Origins of the Boeing 737—Part One

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Brian subtitled this post “The “Originals: The 737-100 and 737-200” as the first installment of a four-part series that originally began on February 17, 2012.  Brian gives us an interesting view (as always) of the beginnings of the legacy that is the 737.  Let me know in the comments section if you would like to see Brian’s remaining chapters appear if... read more

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SWA Stew: Episode 63

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This week, we're talking about Season 5 of "Live from the Artists Den," our Winter Fare Sale, and our #CarvingTheLUV contest that will bring the winner to tour our haunted headquarters!  AND we're talking about the more than $600,000 raised for Ronald McDonald House Charities, and our two fine feathered friends Pete & Penny from SeaWorld San Diego, who recently... read more

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Behind-the-Scenes with Our Feathered Frequent Flyers!

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As you’ll see in the video, SeaWorld’s Pete and Penny Penguin are treated like rock stars when it comes to traveling with Southwest Airlines.  The penguins and the SeaWorld aviculturists are frequent flyers and travel all over the country to visit schools, make TV appearances, and get people excited about wildlife in wild places—they even take the time to greet... read more

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The Artists Den Season 5 is Here!

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Another fabulous music season is in the books for our friends at Live from the Artists Den, and we’re excited that Season 5 kicks off tonight with Norah Jones! As the Official Airline, we had a blast this spring sharing our LUV for music and beautiful historic venues with Southwest Customers, and we can’t wait for all of you to see the magic come to life on the small... read more

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Denver Cribs, Southwest Style

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Southwest officially opened our newest Pilot and Flight Attendant Crew Bases at Denver International Airport (DEN) on Monday.  The lounges will be located on the third level of concourse C at DEN.  The Company also started line maintenance in Denver, which will be the first time Southwest has had this function at its operation at DEN.  "The new Crew bases... read more

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Welcome to Des Moines, Southwest Airlines!

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“Is this Heaven?  No, it’s Iowa.”  I thought quoting the movie Field of Dreams was appropriate for this blog post. Southwest Airlines began service at Des Moines International Airport (DSM) yesterday, and I couldn’t be more excited!  I was so fortunate to be a part of the ferry flight into Des Moines, and also enjoy the festivities as the Governor, City... read more

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SWA Stew: Episode 62

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SWA Stew 62 is a little bit ironic, don't you think?  Okay, maybe not.  But Alanis Morissette was featured in this edition, so we're halfway there.  Alanis played a concert in support of our sponsorship with Live in the Vineyard.  Stay tuned for more Live at 35 concerts, coming your way very soon!  Joe DiNocco holds a special place in our hearts, and... read more

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I Just Love That New Plane Smell!

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You know, this is a pretty cool Company. I have worked at a number of different places in several industries and Southwest has them beat. But as with most things in life, this job is what you make of it. Last year our Community Relations and Giving Team challenged us to input the multiple hours many of us spend every year volunteering for nonprofit organizations. You may... read more

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SWA Stew: Episode 61

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This week (if you can see me), we're talking about Joe's awesome biological reunion, and the Great Peanut Bombardment of 2012 (in honor of National Peanut Day).  Our World Premiere of The Voyage of a Dream has been met with a lot of praise.  Avast! Talk Like a Pirate Day was a real whale of a time, and we transformed southwest.com in our finest pirate speak.... read more

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Access to Headlining Artists: Alanis Morissette

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Back in August, we were fortunate enough to land, what I would have to say, one of the biggest artists we’ve yet had the pleasure of working with through our Live In The Vineyard partnership.  Being the Official Airline of Live In The Vineyard, an event that takes place twice a year in Napa, CA, comes with quite a few perks.  Perks even beyond the fact that we get... read more

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A Family Reunion Unlike Any Other

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Each day many of the Passengers onboard our LUV jets are flying to meet family and friends, but it’s not every day that someone boards our flight to meet their family for the first time. Joe DiNocco has always known he was adopted, but was only recently able to locate his family in Providence.  I learned of Joe’s story when his daughter, Rhonda Correll, sent an e-mail... read more

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World Premiere: The Voyage of a Dream

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Over the last few weeks, you’ve gotten a glimpse of Southwest’s short film featuring 12-year-old Emily from Trenton, MO who has big dreams to become a professional ballet dancer.  She never imagined that a Southwest Airlines Pilot would play a huge role in taking her dream on the dance floor to 30,000 feet.  Today, you’ll learn about the final ingredient of... read more

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Giddyup, swafreedomshop.com is open for business!

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We are very pleased to announce the unveiling of our new and improved online Freedom Shop!  Getting swafreedomshop.com up and running has been such an exciting adventure.  From choosing the products to feature, to selecting which Southwest Airlines Employees would become our "runway" models.The improved Freedom Shop website features an array of different items,... read more

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SWA Stew: Episode 60

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This week's Stew tells a remarkable tale of bringing LUV home, finding friends in unexpected places, setting LUV free, and giving kids a fighting chance.

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Dish Trip Gone Nuts: National Peanut Day Food Flight

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How are YOU going to celebrate National Peanut Day? Over here at Dish Trip we thought it was only appropriate to celebrate this famous in-flight food... in the air!  So for our first ever “Food Flight,” we staged a creative culinary competition for the unsuspecting passengers on a recent Southwest flight to Denver, CO. Four courageous competitors were hand-picked... read more

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Behind the Business Travel Challenge

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It’s tough describing the atmosphere behind-the-scenes of a production shoot – forget the fact that we were surrounded by desert-like terrain in 100-degree, dry heat, and located at the base of Agua Dulce’s hills – this set was larger than life and built like an oversized play-place.   I could tell you about why my team and I decided to move forward with the... read more

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SWA Stew: Episode 59

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The 59th edition of the SWA Stew was taped by our good friends at Dish Trip, at the Curtis Hotel in Denver, Colorado.  This magical edition of the Stew features another look at Emily's Dream story, premiering on here and our Facebook page on September 18th.  Also heralded was our eventual entrance into Branson on March 9, 2013, which Branson announced with a lot of... read more

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Third Look: At The Doorstep of a Dream

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Bright lights, tutus, and pink satin pointe shoes.  Those are the ingredients that make up a big dream for 12-year-old Emily from Trenton, MO.  Over the last two weeks, you’ve heard from Emily and her desire to become a professional ballet dancer.  You also met Southwest Airlines Pilot, Gary, who has helped kids dream big dreams for more than a decade through... read more

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