Southwest Airlines launches its first ever international flights on Tuesday, July 1, 2014. The first flight landed in Montego Bay, Jamaica. // Michael Nutting
Yesterday marked an important milestone in Southwest Company history, as we launched inaugural international service to Caribbean destinations: Aruba, Montego Bay, and Nassau. Our international Customers at Baltimore/Washington, Orlando, and Atlanta celebrated alongside our Employees as we kicked off our service to warmer waters. The inaugural flight to Aruba from Baltimore/Washington pushed back ontime at 8:30 a.m., and the rest is literally history. For scenes from yesterday’s launches and landings, check out the video below.
This international milestone was years in the making. Our CEO Gary Kelly has always said, AirTran laid the framework for Southwest’s oversea adventures—this milestone has come quicker than we imagined. By building on AirTran’s steady foundation, we are able to honor the AirTran legacy. Our People from Teams and departments across the network have been working tirelessly to make our international dreams a reality. In addition, we have the best airport partners who ensure our success at locations across the system—now, across the globe. Thank you to everyone whose efforts, large and small, are helping us become the World’s Most Loved, Most Flown, and Most Profitable Airline.