Since 2003, Southwest has been an active supporter of the Montrose Center in Houston, Texas through in-kind donations. However, a recent gift blossomed into a great opportunity for the Montrose Center to extend their outreach efforts to Montrose’s Hatch Youth program for LGBTQ youth. Read more to learn more about this amazing organization and how they are impacting the Houston community.
Today, Southwest is excited to introduce its newest installment of the Emerging Leader Development Program (ELDP), ELDP California, which is an incredible career development opportunity for local and prospective candidates looking to lead in one of our host locations: Los Angeles (LAX), San Diego (SAN), and San Jose (SJC).
Read more to hear from Customer Service Manager Vikki Moore on her experience as a Leader at San Diego International Airport. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply now through June 28.
As part of Southwest Airline’s Community Outreach efforts, we are proud to sponsor up-and-coming artists, especially those representing the LGBTQ+ and ally community. Read more to hear a firsthand account from an Employee who attended The Concert for Love & Acceptance through our partnership with GLAAD.
As we celebrate our birthday this week at Southwest Airlines, here’s another example of how we’re doing great at 48: our fearless Leader, Gary Kelly, has been named the highest-rated airline CEO on Glassdoor’s list of Top CEOs! To celebrate his spot at No. 35 on the list, here are 35 fun facts about Gary.
O’ahu is home to Honolulu, Hawaii’s capital, making it a central location for islanders and travelers alike. Coined as the gathering place, O’ahu has naturally brought people together for fun, business, and to enjoy nature.
Also called the Rainbow State for their frequent appearances on the island, O'ahu boasts some of the most famous beaches in the world. Waikiki, Ala Moana, and North Shore beaches all have something unique to offer for each adventure seeker. North Shore is known for their big waves, attracting surfers from all over the world, and Waikiki lines the shore of Honolulu, drawing visitors while in the city. Join the fun and book your trip to the beautiful island of O’ahu!
Waimea Bay – Located on North Shore beach, making it great place to have fun in the water like bodyboarding, surfing, snorkeling, swimming, and fishing. Waimea Bay also has beautiful cliffs. Be sure to check out the beach conditions before you head out to know what the waves are going to be like for the day.
Diamond Head State Park – Hawaii’s best-known landmark holds historical, cultural, natural, and recreational importance to Hawaii. It was formed more than 150,000 years ago after a huge volcanic eruption and eventually became the Diamond Head that exists on the eastern edge of Waikiki. It’s a must-see for every trip and will wow anyone who sets eyes on it.
Banzai Pipeline – Here lives another surfer’s paradise. This beach boasts perfect rolling waves and beautiful sunsets. Watch surfers take on unimaginable waves during the winter and go snorkeling to see the reef in the summer when the waves die down
Take It All In
Waikiki Beach – This beach is lined with luxury resorts and high end shopping, dining, and entertainment. Historically, it was where the royals of the island would play. With views at every angle, enjoy the beach and the liveliness around it. Visit Waikiki to experience what generations of Hawaiians have enjoyed.
Ala Moana Beach – Beautiful beaches are not hard to come by in Hawaii, but finding a beach that suits you is important for picking the day’s excursions. Ala Moana Beach has plenty of trees, picnic tables, and tennis courts to enjoy. This is great beach for someone who wants to picnic and lounge around for a couple hours.
Grab a Bite
The Royal Hawaiian Resort – This is a luxury resort on Waikiki beach that was the vacation destination of royals back when it was originally built in 1927. Since then, visitors from around the world have traveled to visit the resort in Waikiki. The menus at the restaurant use locally-sourced ingredients, like fresh fish and tropical fruits, and each dish is beautifully-presented. While you enjoy your meal, you can watch hula dancers and fire spinners perform. Come join the luau!
Come visit the Island of Hawaii where you can visit active volcanoes, enjoy beaches, and hike through a rainforest all in one day. Read more to see how you might get to see all that this grand island has to offer.
Since 2017, Southwest has served as presenting sponsor of the Luck Reunion, a boutique music festival hosted at Willie Nelson’s legendary ranch in Luck, Texas, 30 miles outside of Austin. As an extension of this partnership, Southwest has teamed up with the Luck Reunion to create a three-part series that highlights musicians and the destinations that have inspired them. Read more to get the inside scoop on Sites and Sounds.
Southwest Airlines has proudly worked alongside the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) for more than 10 years in an effort to find the most innovative solutions for our supply chain needs. Read more to learn how Southwest Airlines and the NGLCC work hand in hand to promote, embrace, and support diverse businesses through supply chain solutions.
From day one at Southwest Airlines, Baltimore Ramp Supervisor and Petty Officer Second Class in the United States Coast Guard Andres Oquendo felt the difference. Read more to discover how Andres found a long-term career at Southwest, where he can lead while helping other active service members and veterans find their path, too.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Tammy Romo is thrilled to see Southwest win Airline of the Year by Airfinance Journal. The award, which is a recognition of the best Return on Total Capital, is a great honor. Read more to get Tammy’s take on the recent accolades.
As a frequent Southwest Customer, Francisco Delgado found answering questions and posting content on the Nuts About Southwest Blog (now known as The Southwest Airlines Community) to be therapeutic while deployed in the Persian Gulf on the USS Nimitz Aircraft Carrier. Read more to learn how he turned a passion helping others into a lifelong career at Southwest Airlines by building relationships with Customers while serving our country.
For more than a decade, East Oakland Youth Development Center has been a community partner of Southwest Airlines. Read more to hear from President and CEO, Regina Jackson, on her memorable experience on Southwest’s inaugural flight to Maui and the volunteer efforts she participated in during her time in the Aloha State.
Southwest’s Adopt-A-Pilot Program is an educational program where Southwest Pilots volunteer in elementary school classrooms across the country using their experience and knowledge to teach STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), geography, career ideas, and more, using fun, aviation themed lessons.
Read more to hear how First Officer Kristine Rasmussen shows students in the Adopt-A-Pilot program that with education, hard work, and a passion, the sky really is the limit. And, her new uniform tie, designed by one of her Adopt-A-Pilot students, shows it really is!
At Southwest Airlines, we believe that empowering young professionals in the communities we serve is an important step in helping those communities thrive. Read more to learn how Southwest supports future leaders in the Asian Pacific American community.
Southwest takes pride in our reputation as the airline with Heart and that naturally extends to a passion for making a difference in our communities and protecting our resources. Read more to learn how two of our Employees take it upon themselves to help the environment in their work and personal lives.
Southwest Storyteller, Leslie, and her family recently snagged seats on one of Southwest’s first flights to Hawaii to celebrate her children’s spring break in Honolulu. Read more for their tips on why Southwest’s service to Hawaii worked best for their family travel and how to make the most of an upcoming trip to the Islands!
Loving people is at the Heart of Southwest Airlines, and one of the many ways we connect with communities is through our annual Medical Transportation Grant Program (MTGP). Since 2007, Southwest has supported nonprofit hospitals and medical transportation organizations by providing complimentary, roundtrip tickets for patients and their families to use when seeking medical treatment. Read more to learn more about the impactful reach this program has on families.
Costa Rica is a vacation destination that offers a variety of landscapes for you to explore from coffee plantation tours to waterfall gardens. Read more to discover all the ways you can explore Costa Rica.
After Southwest Customer Gretchen shared on social media how she transformed her leftover Southwest pretzels, we were inspired to take our pretzels off the plane and into the kitchen to discover more Instagram-worthy concoctions. In the spirit of National Pretzel Day, read more to learn how you too can enjoy Southwest pretzels in new and unconventional ways.
At Southwest, our Purpose is to connect People to what’s important in their lives and our partnership with Make-A-Wish® allows us to do just that by providing meaningful travel to Make-A-Wish families. While we continuously support this impactful organization by providing travel to wishes, we recently we had a special opportunity to be a part of Randy’s day!
Read more to learn how Southwest and Make-A-Wish granted Randy’s wish to be a Southwest Airlines Mechanic for the day at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
In February, we kicked off a nationwide search for the Next Great Southwest Storyteller. Thousands entered their best travel photos using the #SouthwestStorytellers hashtag on Instagram, but only one storyteller was crowned the grand prize winner. Read more to learn about all of our finalists as they’re worthy of mentioning and congratulating for their creative talents and compelling stories