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Mulching, Painting, and Trash Pickup, Oh My! [UPDATED]

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What a great event and amazing display of Servant’s Hearts we saw at the volunteer event following our exciting announcement of Colorado One! More than 120 Southwest and AirTran Employees and their families rolled up their sleeves to help beautify Commons Park. Here’s a huge thank you to our partners at Denver Parks and Recreation for all their help! Here’s how we... read more

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The Most Rewarding Flight That Never Leaves the Ground

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"The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear." --- H.P. Lovecraft  Traveling with children can strike fear into the heartiest Mom or Dad.  I still remember our first trip with our youngest daughter, Rachel.  We had to fly a short hop from Corpus Christi to Houston.  Rachel was about two, and already we knew she was not a fan of anything unknown or... read more

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“The Ticket” Takes Headquarters

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Finding your muse is usually associated with writer's block, or some other state of lethargy in the creative process.  When "The Musers" from 1310 The Ticket show up at your work place, there's no shortage of creativity. And instead of finding your muse, you find yourself wondering, "Are these guys ever gonna leave?" But seriously, what went down Wednesday at... read more

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On The Fly: An Inflight Surprise

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Traveling and enjoying live music are often cited as great passion points for our society.  Pair them up to create a live concert in the sky, and you’ve got quite a story…one that’s told on TLC’s season finale of On the Fly, tonight at 9/8c!   As the official airline of Live in the Vineyard, Southwest partners with various artists to provide the ultimate... read more

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Connecting Capitol to Capitol [UPDATED]

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Southwest proudly introduced new service from Austin Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), on Sunday, July 8th! As the only carrier to fly this route, it is one of a kind, connecting Capitol to Capitol for the very first time. Needless to say, we are pretty excited about it here at Southwest! We have been chronicling the... read more

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Red, White, and Canyon Blue—Now, it’s Our Turn to Honor You!

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At Southwest and AirTran, our hearts beat true beneath the red, white, and blue!  Okay, so Independence Day didn’t land on the most “ideal” day of the week this year, but nonetheless, we never miss out on a chance to celebrate!As a big thank you to all our Servicemen and Servicewomen please enjoy a free cocktail and priority boarding with Military I.D. when flying... read more

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Servant’s Heart Day

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Everyone who works for Southwest knows that having a Servant’s Heart is one of our core values.  But have you ever tried to find the definition of “Servant’s Heart”?  I looked in both online and book dictionaries and never found the definition.  So, I thought what better place than the walls of Headquarters to understand the true meaning of a Servant’s... read more

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A Little Something Extra

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What special treatment do you receive at your job for working a holiday? A few extra bucks? No doubt, that’s always nice. Maybe some glazed donuts and coffee in your break room? Wonderful…that contributed well to my workout regimen. It’s pretty much business as usual, right?Being in the operational and Customer Service industry, Southwest Employees, like many other... read more

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Eating Healthy on the Go: Part Two

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Did you know March is Nutrition Month? Eating Healthy on the Go is a series to help highlight healthy choices while you're traveling, brought to you by a variety of our great Southwest Employees! Eating healthy at the airport can be a challenge, but with the right combination of foods, you can make any situation work for you.  Breakfast  The smell of fresh... read more

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Cargo Customers have FUN at Schlafly Stout & Oyster Festival

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Schlafly Beer set a record at this year’s Stout and Oyster Festival, held in St. Louis March 9-10: 15,000 oysters shucked within the first night!  As a sponsor of the two-day festival, Southwest Airlines Cargo shares the passion for speed and efficiency.  More than 30,000 oysters were shipped in for the event, and thanks to the Cargo, Ramp, and Operations Employees... read more

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Our Make-A-Wish Trip: Giving Credit Where Credit is Due

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My family just enjoyed an amazing week at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and Universal Studios thanks to the collaboration of several amazing organizations.  Our trip was entirely organized by and paid for by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  After I applied for Lauren’s Wish, they interviewed her, surprised her with gifts, and... read more

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Going Green: Trash Talk

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You’re standing in between the recycle bin and the trash can with your beverage bottle in your hand.  Which bin does it go into?  Trash or recycle?  Check out the bottom of your bottle for the recycling logo and see which stamped number is inside those triangular chasing arrows.  If you see #1-7, you can toss that bottle into the recycling bin—maybe... read more

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Customers Get a Dose of Puppy LUV!

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Mr. Dusek, a Passenger on a flight from MCO to PHX, was raving to one of our Flight Attendant's, Donna Woods, that his wife and he are A-Listers and LUV Southwest. As they chatted, Donna noticed the man’s wife making her way down the aisle holding an unusual package—a Dalmatian costume. Mr. Dusek explained that his company had a costume party and his wife dressed as... read more

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Whoomp, There it is: The Southwest Courts at Skyline Park

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We’ve made no bones about it—Southwest Airlines LUVs Denver!  Since starting service to the Mile High City in January 2006, we’ve made it our mission to be an active part of Denver’s vibrant community.  You’ve seen it with the Southwest Porch at Skyline Park, the Southwest Rink at Skyline Park, free Pedi-Cab rides throughout downtown, and a whole host of... read more

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Otterly Irresistible

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There's no doubt about it. The opportunity to work with zoo animals is awesome! But as any pet owner knows, traveling with animals can be a headache. Especially when the animals are babies and the trip is 2,000 miles each way!So when our friend and colleague Jack Hanna asked us to help him with a recent appearance on CBS's The Late Show with David Letterman, I was a bit... read more

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Going Green At Work

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Did you know that our Headquarters Building received an Energy Star rating from the Environmental Protection Agency for energy efficiency?  Our Facilities Maintenance Team has done an awesome job helping us Green Headquarters with sensor lights, compact fluorescent bulbs, and many other features, so thank you!!  But, there is more to being Green than how a building... read more

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The Makeshift Green Screen, For The Win

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When I saw that SWA was on Viddy with a contest, I knew that I had to make something that would be entertaining and decent. At first, I was upset due to lack of ideas. It might not seem like a long time, but it took about an hour for us to come up with a 15-second Viddy. We pulled out the green screen and all the lights for best effect. We knew that we needed gold. We... read more

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Flash Forward—Part Three: The Continued Progress of our First 737-800

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If you have ever made a model airplane, you know the process involves making various subassemblies, then gluing them together to make an airplane.  As these photos show, the process of making a real airplane is very similar. In our last batch of photos, the fuselage had moved inside the assembly building to the fuselage make-ready station.  With this group of... read more

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Flashback Fridays: Off to the Desert

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Thirty years ago, Southwest Airlines followed Horace Greely’s advice of “Go west, young man,” when we opened San Diego, Phoenix, and Las Vegas on January 31, 1982.  I had hoped to include some early photos from San Diego this week, but the ones I thought I had found were for Phoenix.  I will keep looking, but in the meantime, we have some interesting photos... read more

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You Make Me Feel Like Sundancin’ [LIVE BLOG]

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Southwest is a proud sponsor of the Sundance Film Festival, and part of that sponsorship is being able to see the fruits of our labor during festival week. The following is a live chronicle of what the Southwest Sundance Team is doing out here, along with a few completely unrelated anecdotes along the way.  Wednesday, January 254:23PM My time is winding down.... read more

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