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Bigger. Better. Stronger. Help Hurricane #Sandy Victims

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Not that long ago in Breezy Point, NY, families gathered around the dinner table to talk about their day or took a moment to breathe in the fresh air and walk along the Atlantic Coast.  Today, as you walk through remnants of what someone once called their home, all that’s recognizable is a radio flyer wagon missing two wheels and a red fire truck sitting on cement that... 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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From: Kevin Bailey

Independence Day Spectacle

The following contribution comes courtesy of Kevin Bailey, a Volunteer Photographer for the Vietnam War Flight Museum:  A big tip of the hat to Southwest Airlines for sponsoring not only the July 4 Freedom Fest in downtown Houston, but also for sponsoring a pair of beautiful World War II 'Warbird' formations that flew over the crowds in the late afternoon.  Just as the... read more

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Going Green: The Paper Towel Challenge

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Does anyone out there like to challenge themselves as the years go by?  Take oneself to a new level?  I feel that now that I am a parent, I am tending to do this more and more.  I think it's healthy and makes life more enjoyable when you don't always know what will come next.  Blogging for instance has been my recent challenge to myself.  I have... read more

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5,000 Strong Take a Stand in the Sand

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What do you get when you put together more than 5,000 students, teachers, volunteers, and Southwest Employees AND a beautiful Los Angeles beach? No, not a massive tidal wave, but Kids Ocean Day! The Malibu Foundation for Environmental Education, a nonprofit organization that truly values the beaches and oceans, strives to get kids’ feet and hands in the sand during its... read more

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Flashback Fridays: A Push and Park on Hallowed Ground

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Continuing our celebration of June being Southwest’s birthday month, I am sharing some more recently uncovered and unseen images.  We stay on the North Concourse at Love Field this week to look at some action on the ramp.  As regular readers will know, I think our archive photos that show early working days are among our most precious images, and those taken on the... read more

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Meteorology Monday: May 7 – May 13

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Another active thunderstorm week is expected as the system that has been generating the thunderstorms in the central part of the country pushes eastward into the New England, Mid Atlantic, and Southeast regions.  For the beginning of the week (Tue-Wed), the Midwest and Great Lakes will take a break from the thunderstorms, but some thunderstorms could return Friday into... read more

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Serving Those Who Serve

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What do the following have in common: 7,000 decks of cards, 3,500 granola bars, over 10,000 bags of Southwest Airlines pretzels, 3,500 bags of popcorn, and 7,000 handy wipes?  These were some of the items featured in the 3,500 Armed Forces Foundation family kits created at all six of our Messages to the Field. This year over 400 Employee volunteers came early to each... read more

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Flashback Fridays: A First and Other Early Goodies

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The best part of my job is opening a box of photographs or negatives and finding images that haven’t seen the light of day for decades.  Late last week, I found a box full of some great scenes that I can’t wait to share with you in this and future editions of Flashback Fridays.   Above we see the start of a treasured Southwest tradition and a key annual Culture... read more

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Meteorology Monday: April 16 – April 23

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After a very active weekend of severe weather, which saw many significant tornadoes across the Plains and Midwest, things are in the process of transitioning to a calmer pattern for much of this week.  However, during the transition to this less active pattern, there will still be plenty of strong winds and maybe a few more severe storms to contend with on Monday.  ... read more

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Flashback Fridays: Mid-70s Love Field Miscellany

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I’ve been spending a ton of time lately looking over our photo collection (and trying to organize the beast), and these photos have two things in common:  they were taken in the mid-70s, and they all involve Love Field. We start with a photo that was taken before Love Field underwent its first modernization with the addition of the current silver façade.  The... read more

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Meteorology Monday

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It’s been an unusually warm last ten days or so across much of the country, and that trend will continue for most locations in the eastern half of the nation much of this week.  An example of this is at Chicago-Midway, where they’ve seen five straight days of 80 degrees or higher, easily a new record for them in March….and their normal high today is 49... read more

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Heroes in the Hangar

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Some of you know that February is Black History month, and probably slightly fewer of you know that March is Women’s History Month.  I’ll be honest, I had to double check both of those with Wikipedia. Here in Southwest Maintenance and Engineering, it’s easy to forget which culture we’re supposed to be celebrating each month.  Not because we’re insensitive... 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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Postcards From Home

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Last November during Military Heroes Month, Southwest Customers and Employees wrote their heartfelt thanks on more than 1,000 postcards provided by Southwest in airports from Seattle to Ft. Lauderdale, which were then sent to military bases across the U.S. and distributed to Troops awaiting deployment.  This was the second year that Southwest and A Million Thanks joined... read more

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Flash Forward—Part Seven: It’s an Airplane! The Continued Progress of Our First 737-800

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When I got this batch of photos from Boeing, I was really excited, and I hope you will be too.  All that metal and hard work seen in previous photos has come together to produce our first 737-800.  Before I get into the fun, I think a word of thanks to all the Boeing workers and those of their suppliers like Spirit Aerospace in Wichita is appropriate.  Their... read more

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“Big Game” Party Planning 101

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Oh, the "Big Game"—the one day of the year when people throw caution to the wind and sit down in front of their televisions for a hearty feast of heavy food, washed down with cases of beer. If you are not headed to Indianapolis on the LUV airline to watch this year’s football championship in person, keep reading for some of Dish Trip’s favorite Bowl bites that will leave... read more

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The Artist’s Den Season Four: Now Showing in Your Living Room

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We’ve been writing for a year about Southwest’s integration during the filming of Live from the Artists Den, and we’re excited to let you know that Season Four premieres today, Friday, February 3 on PBS stations nationwide!!  In Santa Monica, Adele starts the season off with a bang! 

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A Vegas-sized Celebration for 30 Years!

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Where there’s a party, there’s a Showgirl!  Well, at least here in Las Vegas, that is.  And that was certainly the case this week when we celebrated our 30th Anniversary here in LAS.  The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and McCarran International Airport pulled out all the stops for us to make this celebration one to remember!To kick off... read more

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