This morning, we opened our February base schedule, which adds the date range of February 13 – March 7, 2014 to our bookable inventory. This includes the “must-travel“ holidays of Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, and Mardi Gras. No nonstop markets will be discontinued in this schedule, nor are any brand-new nonstop markets being introduced. We’ll... read more
Lead Planner, Network Planning Technology
So let’s cut right to the chase. I’m a fat, 54-year old white guy. I dance badly but cook wonderfully. I’m not losing my hair—it’s just moving slowly from my head down to my ears, shoulders and back. The bags under my eyes are almost too big to qualify as carryons. My spider veins look like a roadmap of Croatia. And I’m happier and more contented than I have ever been in my life. At work, I’m responsible for making sure that the Network Planning Department is prepared with tools, data, and processes to enable them to write and publish any kind of schedules that the Company, or the industry, dictate. And, of course, there's this gig, where I get to write about my Company and my life. Honestly, I get paid to do what I LUV to do! I know all the secrets of what’s coming in the future, and I know where all the “bodies are buried” from the past. How cool is that? At home, I’m the father of an amazing, 27-year-old policeman (you guys know him--I’ve often written about The Officer), who has a wonderful wife and now there is my granddaughter VIVIAN! I'm also the stepfather to two adorable stepdaughters who love to push buttons (most often, mine!), and the partner of a wonderful man whose long-term consumption of my cooking has recently led him to be placed on Lipitor. *sigh* I’m part of a wonderfully historic church, have a brother, one remaining 91-year-old precious aunt, dozens of wonderful cousins, and a gaggle of friends I’ve known for over 40 years. You may call it an extended, reality version of “Modern Family.” I call it "heaven." Either way, it’s my life….and I’m happy to give the blogosphere the inside view!
English, Airline, Texan, Parent, and Food. I hope to eventually learn Grandparent.
Working, travel, cooking, writing, working, cleaning, parenting, living, and working.
Son, The Officer, and his wife, the DIL, and the newest addition–MY GRANDBABY CRICKET!! Partner, Kent. Stepdaughters, the Princess of Darkness and the Space Cadet.
Two spoiled dogs, both rescue: Abby, a 7 year old 5-lb Chihuahua/Rat Terrier mix. Thinks she’s a T-Rex. And Marley, a 7-year-old 160-lb yellow lab. Thinks he’s a lap dog.
Irving High School, Irving, Texas (Class of 1976)
Freshman/Sophomore years at Texas Tech. Graduated from University of Texas at Arlington.
Favorite Sports Teams
You’re kidding, right?
Favorite Travel Destinations
London, Paris, Hawaii (all islands), New Orleans, and Clearwater, Florida
Your Favorite Southwest Story
So many. Too many. Dozens of Ronald McDonald House dinners. Meeting amazing SWA Family members. But several stories really stand out, most shared here. One, the story of how my SWA Family just did what they do—but enabled an anonymous Customer to have a chance to say goodbye to her dying mother. See the story of Connection Lady here. And two, the absolute comment-flaming I got from the blogosphere about our “days-of-inventory” and mysterious schedule opening procedures, and how we changed corporate policy because of feedback received on “Nuts!” Read the evisceration here, and the results here. Of course—the opportunity to do my sweet Mother’s obit here on “Nuts.” And…the infamous squirrel story here.
Today we’re extending our schedule through January and into February, 2014! You can now book those deep-winter trips on Southwest and AirTran. Slopes? Surf? Shows? Slots? We can get you to any, or all, of them! Overall, Southwest and AirTran combined will offer about 3,470 daily weekday departures for the January/February schedule,... read more
We’re now accepting bookings all the way to January 5, 2014, which (of course) includes Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hannukah, and New Year’s. This schedule time period is always THE HARDEST SCHEDULE of each year to prepare and publish because of the extreme traffic fluctuations driven by holiday travel. Couple that with the fact that each of those three holiday... read more
About a year ago in a Flashback Friday post, Brian mentioned an entertainment center inside Love Field that existed in the mid-1970s called LLOVE, but he was unable to find a lot of information out about it and even less in the way of pictures. He and I had chatted about my high-school memories of LLOVE, and we were always going to jointly do a LLOVE post but never... read more
Leaves are barely beginning to bud here in Dallas, but in Network Planning our thoughts are on Columbus Day, college football, and Libran birthdays.Today we opened the Southwest and AirTran schedules out for sale through November 1, giving us 242 days of bookable inventory. No full city conversions this time, but we continue the gradual conversion of AirTran’s San Juan... read more
This weekend, Southwest and AirTran took a giant leap forward toward fully connecting our two route networks! Effective for travel beginning Sunday, March 10th, Southwest and AirTran are now selling shared itineraries between the following 39 cities: Albany Atlanta Austin Baltimore/Washington Boston Buffalo Cancun Charlotte Dayton Ft. Lauderdale Ft.... read more
Today Southwest and AirTran extended our open-for-sale date from August 9 out to Friday, September 27, giving Customers 235 days of bookable inventory. During this roughly seven-week date range, we’re continuing the integration of AirTran into the Southwest network, transitioning out of peak summer travel by making changes in some of our seasonal markets, and making... read more
It’s the 49ers vs. the Ravens in the big game! As soon as the games in Foxborough and Atlanta were over, both Southwest and AirTran got busy adding extra flights to accommodate the additional demand to the NFL Championship in New Orleans on February 3.We’ve added the following:Thursday, January 31: Atlanta-New Orleans: One extra AirTran flight for a total of... read more
Happy Holidays, everyone! Today, Southwest is adding new seasonal nonstops in several Florida markets to make it easier to lose the wind chill and gain a tan line! Effective February 15 - April 13 of next year, we’re bringing back daily roundtrip nonstops between Orlando and Oklahoma City (which we haven’t flown since 2008!), and adding NEW nonstop service... read more
Southwest Airlines is making the right call for college sports fans planning to travel to Miami for the Bowl Game on Jan. 7, 2013. Today we introduced additional flights to accommodate Customers traveling to South Florida, including service not normally offered between Birmingham (BHM) and Ft. Lauderdale (FLL), specifically for the big game. Additional... read more
Here we are, barely past the first freeze of the season in the Dallas area, and Southwest Airlines already has our mind on next summer! Today we opened the Southwest and AirTran schedules for sale through August 9, 2013. As usual there are lots of changes to talk about—we’ve really had our schedule optimizer working overtime to make travel more convenient than... read more
Today, we opened our April/May 2013 Schedules, and effective April 14, we will convert AirTran Airways service at Charlotte, North Carolina; Flint, Mich..; Portland, Maine; and Rochester, New York, to Southwest service. We’ll also open sales out through May 31, 2013, giving us 221 days of bookable inventory. Lots of changes to discuss … so read on!At Charlotte, Southwest... read more
Today, Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways open our schedules from March 9 through April 12, 2013. This covers the PEAK of Spring Break vacation season as well as both Easter and Passover. It’s going to be a busy time—and we have some fun changes to talk about! Conversion from AirTran to Southwest continues steadily. Biggest news in this new schedule... read more
Good morning! Today we opened the Southwest and AirTran schedules for sale from February 14 through March 8, 2013. And I have good news to report! We do not eliminate any nonstop markets on either network; we’re adding capacity back into both systems in anticipation of winter vacation travel; and I’ve even got some new markets to talk about. Details... read more
Good morning, everyone! Today we opened our schedule through Feb. 13, 2013. We have the usual seasonal shifts planned for the January/February timeframe (which is historically the slowest traffic period of the year) and adjustments for the annual seasonal wind shifts as well as winter operations. But we have a couple of surprises as well—let’s get into... read more
One of the things that I love most about my wonderful Company is how involved Southwest is in the many communities we serve, including community partnerships with organizations with kindred missions. And the one most dear to my heart is the partnership between Southwest Airlines and GLAAD, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. It’s a partnership about... read more
Father’s Day is bittersweet for me. Reminds me of my Pops, who passed in 1991, and it also reminds me that I won’t be around forever for my son, The Officer, and my stepdaughters, and my upcoming granddaughter, Vivian.I miss Pops like crazy… but like any good father he taught me so many wonderful things. Family comes before anything. Be a parent first, be a... read more
Good Monday morning! Schedules are now available for both Southwest and AirTran for travel effective Nov. 4, 2012, and going all the way out until Jan. 4, 2013—including the Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year’s holidays! Transitioning cities…transferring markets…new nonstops…multiple schedule variations…there’s lots of cool stuff in... read more
It’s a wonderful day at Southwest and our subsidiary, AirTran! Today marks the first in a series of new International routes that AirTran will be starting over the next couple of months. Brand new nonstop service between Denver and Cancun, Mexico, takes to the sky today with the scheduled 10:40 a.m. departure of AirTran flight 74, which will arrive Cancun at 3:25... read more
So…if we announced all of this yesterday, you’d think it was an April Fool’s joke. BUT IT’S NOT! We’ve just unveiled lots of service adjustments in the Summer/Fall 2012 schedules. Headline News: Southwest is adding THREE new cities! Effective August 12, Southwest will begin daily service at Akron-Canton (CAK) and Dayton, Ohio... read more
Here’s a riddle for you: what do Zeppo Marx, Harry Connick Jr., Julie Newmar, Abraham Lincoln, Marlon Brando, Jamie Lee Curtis, me, and five other members of the Southwest Airlines Network Planning Department have in common? Answer: we’ve all been named as inventors in a United States Patent! It’s true! Six of us in SWA’s Network Planning Department... read more
WE HEARD YOU, NEW ENGLAND FANS! SUPER EXTRA SECTIONS BETWEEN PROVIDENCE AND INDIANAPOLIS NOW AVAILABLE FOR SUPER GAME WEEKEND! After I blogged yesterday about our Super Extra Sections to/from Indianapolis, lots of you very rightly corrected our shocking lack of knowledge about the New England Patriots and which airport is closer to them. And here’s our... read more