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Hotel California…and Nevada and Alabama and…

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I ran across an interesting statistic the other day that I want to share with you. I have mentioned in past posts that I have spent as many as 211 nights in hotel rooms in a single year. Since I am now based in the city where I live, I average about 13 nights a month in someone else's bed (probably should have rephrased that). Anyway, in a recent month, Southwest Airlines... read more

What Does Southwest Airlines Give Me The Freedom to Do? David Evans, Jr.

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As I have written in numerous posts, one of my passions is traveling. I think I have the perfect job. While pursuing my passion, I get to fly a really cool aircraft, work for an awesome Company, and support my family. And while I am enjoying myself, I am part of an organization which provides the Freedom of Fly to millions of our Customers. So, I enjoy many Freedoms while... read more

A Grand Hotel On Wheels

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Listen up all of you train buffs (that includes fellow blogger Brian "Candy Corn" Lusk), I had the opportunity to stay at a wonderful hotel that is outfitted especially for you. The Crowne Plaza Hotel at Historic Union Station in Indianapolis, Indiana (IND) has 26 suites that are located within 13 real Pullman sleeper cars. These 1920 era Pullmans were actually brought into... read more

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Who’s Flying This Thing???

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An observation I occasionally hear from Customers as we chat during the boarding process is that as Pilots we don't actually fly the aircraft very much; rather, the autopilot does all of the work.  My initial response is "yes and no".  I have flown aircraft in which I did the takeoff and at 400 feet above the ground could engage the autopilot, and the airplane was capable... read more

The Wonders of Air Travel

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I've written in past blogs about my love for travel. I still find it almost magical that I can wake in New England and then enjoy dinner on the West Coast. A family friend and neighbor is an account executive for a company that manufactures machines that test and repair railroad tracks...get this, his "territory" is all the world except for Asia.  Check that geographical... read more

A Lifetime Reader

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There are a lot of cool perks that go along with my job.  I visit interesting cities, meet wonderful people, fly one of the world's most sophisticated aircraft, and have an incredible view of our beautiful country.  I also spend three to four nights a week in hotels getting to do whatever I want for 13-18 hours.  I rarely turn on the television  in my room, but I do... read more

Baggage Claim

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With 63 airports in the Southwest system, I have the opportunity to view some very diverse architecture and decorating ideas as I pass through the various terminals.  Some terminal and gate areas seem quite sterile and commercial, while others are very warm, airy, and inviting.  During my last trip, I had an overnight in Sacramento, CA (SMF), one of ten cities I flew into... read more

World’s Greatest Corporate Leaders

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With 37 years of aviation experience and closing in on my 20th year in the airline industry, I spend a lot of time "flying the system." As I make my way around our vast route structure, I have the opportunity to interact with numerous Employees both in and outside of the work environment. I have spent as many as 211 nights in hotels in a single year, so I have ridden countless... read more

Random Thoughts

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I was fortunate during the Holidays that I was able to spend several quiet moments with my wife and son just enjoying the time together and reflecting on the year past and what 2007 might hold for the three of us and the world. My son and I travel together frequently, and my wife always asks what we talked about during those hours by ourselves: My typical answer is "just... read more

Hotel Stationery

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I must say that I really enjoy writing.  Since I spend so much time on the road, I am constantly jotting notes to family and friends as well as searching for unusual and interesting news and business articles to forward to others.  I agree with our wonderful SWA President, Colleen Barrett, that I would much rather write an acquaintance than send an e-mail.  I keep a supply... read more

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Thanksgiving with Carole

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I had the pleasure and rare opportunity to fly a three-day trip over Thanksgiving with fellow blogger Carole Adams.  Since Carole and I are based in different Southwest cities and our seniority is quite different, along with the fact that Pilots and Flight Attendants rarely spend more than one day together, a full three-day trip is almost unheard of.  Carole is the consumate... read more

Coast To Coast Cuisine…Second Course

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I just got off the treadmill and I'm starving...Time to think about some Southwest cities and eating.  Since we last spoke, I have traveled tens of thousands of miles and polled numerous Crew Members to provide you with some "must try" food spots throughout the Southwest route system. So, if you find yourself in Portland, Oregon (PDX), two wonderful eateries come to mind (OK,... read more

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Coast to Coast Cuisine

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So, it's time for me to compose another post and ideas are running through my mind like crazy.  Since one of the purposes of this blog is to give insight into Flight Crews' lives, what better to write on than what we talk about most as we cross this great country...food!!!! Southwest is well known for how fast we "turn" an aircraft (the time between pulling up to the jetway... read more

Fall From Above

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Saturday was the first day of fall, and I had the privilage of seeing nature starting to show the changing of the season from a unique vantage point.  I made a flight from Baltimore-Washington Airport (BWI) to Manchester, NH (MHT).  Our routing took us north to New York City; Central Park is always a fun place in the fall.  We continued up the Hudson River with nice... read more

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Me, Peanuts, and Herb

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Occasionally, it is necessary for Flight Crews to "deadhead" between Southwest cities.  We fly the aircraft into one location and then move to the back of the plane to ride as a passenger to another city where we once again fly the airplane.  These deadheads are done for a variety of reasons including the need to reposition a Crew Member for a flight sequence or because we... read more

On The Road Again…

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I have to admit it, I just love to travel. It is not uncommon for me to arrive home from five days of flying and ask my wife if she would like to go somewhere for the weekend! When I was young, my uncle traveled the world for a communications company and to receive his postcards from the far reaches of civilization was pretty incredible. I still get a rush from thinking about... read more

Market Research 101

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Companies pay millions of dollars each year for market research. They do customer surveys to find out the likes and dislikes of the public, and they try to spot trends as well as figure out the next "in" product. I have a less expensive suggestion that is probably a lot more accurate and gives "real time" feedback across a broad section of the public: just ask our Flight... read more

The Kiss Theory…Keep It Simple Southwest

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One would expect simplicity from a Company whose business plan was sketched on a beverage napkin, so allow me to let you in on one of the most basic things Southwest does each and every flight that helps us save time and money, which gives the traveling public consistantly low fares. But first, some background information... Before any aircraft can be allowed to takeoff, a... read more

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Lunch with a View

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Ok, so you've been blogging all morning and now it's time for lunch and you want something substantial but not heavy...a little ambiance would be nice but you'd rather not pay for the view, I have a suggestion. If you aren't already in the San Diego area then snag one of Southwest Airlines' legendary low fares and get yourself to Lindbergh International Airport. Just a short... read more