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Going Green: Finding Green in a City

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Sometimes, finding the green space in a city can be a real adventure.  But it’s worth it; not only is being in nature fun, it also can have huge benefits for our physical and mental health. Studies have shown that having access to green spaces can lower our blood pressure and heart rate, reduce stress, and make us happier, more creative people.  Plus, spending time... 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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Going Green: Back to School Edition

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Happy Green Tuesday!  It’s that time of year when kids head back to school.  Did you know that about 1.6 billion pens get thrown away each year?  Or, that on average, a U.S. elementary school cafeteria will generate more than 18,000 pounds of trash?In honor of the back-to-school season, here are some great tips to keep in mind for going green this school... read more

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Texas Rangers Hit a Home Run with Southwest Customers!

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Today our Customers had a very special treat waiting for them at Dallas Love Field.   As the Official Airline of the Texas Rangers, a few of our favorite Rangers pitchers were on hand to “relieve” Southwest Airlines Employees by marshaling in a Southwest Airlines 737, unloading baggage from the aircraft, and greeting Customers as they arrived at Dallas Love... read more

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Going Green: How I Learned to Stop Driving and Enjoy My Commute

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It’s no secret that I love to ride the train, and a few years ago when I heard that the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) was going to build the Green Line on the right of way of the old Katy (Missouri-Kansas-Texas) Railroad branch line along Denton Drive, I got very excited. The old Katy line runs just across the street from our Headquarters.  But I would still... read more

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SWA Stew: Episode 53

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This week, we're talking about defending the sea in the shape of a shark, Liberty the 21-year-old male bald eagle, our new AUS - DCA service, booking travel through early February only on southwest.com, and a cameo from SeaWorld's Pete & Penny Penguin! 

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Revisiting the Artists Den’s Roots

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As you walk away from the aroma of fresh fish just off of Fisherman’s Wharf and head to the heart of San Francisco’s Chinatown, you can start to feel remnants of musicians and artists past as you approach Columbus Avenue.  Just near the historic City of Lights Bookstore and Jack Kerouac Alley where you’ll find engraved poems by John Steinbeck, sits Bimbo’s 365... read more

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Three Passions—Our Performance, Our People, Our Planet. One Southwest.

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Southwest Airlines achieved record revenues of $15.7 billion in 2011.  It took Southwest its first 24 years (1971-1994) to generate a cumulative $15.7 billion in total operating revenues. Southwest’s Employees volunteered more than 114,000 hours, which is enough time to fly from Baltimore/Washington to Los Angeles 24,516 times. More than 2,600 tons of material was... read more

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On The Fly: When Training Saves Lives

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One of tonight's episodes of TLC's On The Fly tells a really heartwrenching story.  If you've seen the previews, you see a man collapse, captured on surveillance video.  One of our Employees then leaps into action to do what he can to save the man's life.  It's not the first time a Southwest Employee has had to put his/her training to the test, due to... read more

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Meteorology Monday: April 23 – April 29

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Winter has returned to some of our northern stations today, due to an intense low pressure system moving off the East Coast.  Strong northerly winds will impact stations in the Northeast, and BUF, ROC, and PIT will receive wet, heavy snow into Tuesday morning with the potential for moderate snow accumulations.  After Tuesday morning, the Northeast should dry out... read more

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Flashback Fridays: Farewell to the Old San Antonio Center Building

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Since we will be changing locations for our San Antonio Customer Support and Services (CS&S—formerly known as Reservations) Center, I thought this would be a good time to look at the construction photos of the current building.   By the end of the 1970s, our Dallas Reservations Center was out of space, and San Antonio, one of our original cities and the adopted home... read more

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Free Hobby Airport!

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Southwest Airlines has a plan that would significantly stimulate jobs, economic growth, and air travel in the greater Houston area. Here’s how… Earlier this year we submitted a proposal to the City of Houston asking for the approval to construct a new five-gate international facility at Hobby for proposed service to Mexico, the Caribbean and cities in Central and South... read more

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Sad News From Southwest’s Past

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An icon of Southwest’s early days is our Flight Attendants with their hot pants.  Our original uniform featured brightly colored hot pants and tops, white boots, and a white belt.  A mini skirt was a slightly later uniform option.  In 1974, a new variation on the hot pants theme was issued with rust colored hot pants and tops and an orange blouse featuring... read more

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Today’s Learners—Tomorrow’s Leaders

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Last month I had the distinct pleasure of celebrating 30 years of excellence with the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) in the beautiful windy city of Chicago. USHLI (http://www.ushli.org/) attracted more than 5,000 college-bound students to their college fair, presentations by world-renowned motivational speakers, and many informative panels. The... read more

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Above 30,000 Ft., We’re Reading Across America!

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There once was a plane that was canyon blue. To 73 cities it flew and it flew. For a lucky bunch boarding, there was a treat. On Saturday, a Lorax, they all would meet! But that's not all that Southwest had planned. There'd be reading for all--we are taking a stand! On many of these flights, our dear Crew decreed, "Gather 'round kids, a... 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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Who’s Down With SOC? Yeah, You Know Me!

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Today’s an enormously significant day in Southwest history, though not for reasons seen by the naked eye.  Southwest and AirTran have received approval by the Federal Aviation Administration for a Single Operating Certificate—a key milestone in the integration of the two airlines. So what is a Single Operating Certificate (SOC)?  Put in the simplest terms,... read more

LUV is in the Air. And on the Ground.

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I had to travel on Valentine’s Day this year. Admittedly, I’m not a staunch believer in Hallmark Holidays, but I do believe in love and wouldn’t have minded being with my three very special Valentines instead of jetting to a meeting in San Diego. But duty called and off I went.“Who cares?” you’re asking. “Shouldn’t you be writing about business, not... 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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