What started in a fifth grade classroom over 15 years ago has since taken to the skies! Southwest Airlines Pilot David Childs found himself looking for a way to inspire kids to have the same love of aviation his father instilled in him at a young age. Little did he know that this passion would eventually come full circle.
Read more to hear how Southwest and Adopt-A-Pilot came to eventually reunite teacher and student years later.
When an Employee starts their career at Southwest Airlines, they bring with them their own unique background, perspectives, and personal experiences. Those perspectives combined with their skills help them to do their jobs in impactful and meaningful ways. Julio Salazar joined Southwest Airlines three years ago. With him, he brought the important lessons he learned during his service in the Navy.
Whether it’s spontaneously adopting two puppies on a trip to Puerto Rico or fulfilling a loved one’s final wish to care for their pooch, Southwest has got you covered. Read more to hear from Customers and their pets, and learn what is and isn’t allowed when it comes to bringing your favorite furry friends onboard.
Happy National STEM Day! The Campus Reach Team at Southwest Airlines is committed to encouraging students of all ages to realize their passions in the realm of science, technology, engineering, and math. The Team recently hosted Aviation Days in Denver and Houston, and will host the event once more in Dallas this weekend, to introduce local students in third through eighth grade to STEM careers in aviation. Read more to hear from Structural Mechanic Nikki Sereika, who lends her time to Aviation Days and encourages students to pursue careers in STEM.
I always get a little nervous traveling with my five-year-old, autistic daughter, Mikaela. Every parent struggles, and a part of my struggle is my own anxiety, stemming from never knowing when and what may cause my child to have a breakdown. Luckily, on this flight, I learned I could count on Southwest to help alleviate those fears.
One morning, as I was lying in bed, a passing thought inspired me to make a promise to myself. I decided I would do something I’ve always wanted to do every year on my birthday—essentially crossing an item off my proverbial bucket list. Anyone could foreseeably eat breakfast in Houston, lunch in San Antonio, and dinner in Dallas—it would be a great day trip! I figured I could put it on my bucket list and try it someday. Keeping a promise to yourself is more difficult than it sounds, but that day finally arrived this summer.
Southwest Airlines and Musicians On Call partner to bring the healing power of music to patients and caregivers. Check out how former professional baseball pitcher Barry Zito spent his shift at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in San Francisco.
“You’re planning your life, and Christmas, and all that regular stuff … and all of a sudden you get this phone call that changes your life.”
Tristan Thompson was only eight months old when he was diagnosed with a serious immune disorder that threatened to cut his life short. Thankfully, help came in the form of a bone marrow donor who lived nearly 500 miles away. Read on to learn more about Tristan’s story, then catch a glimpse of his first fateful meeting with his new “big brother”, Bob!
For Austin Perine, a four-year-old on a mission to show love, his passion lies in feeding the homeless. Get an inside glimpse into how “President Austin” and his dad are showing love by feeding the homeless in 10 cities across the country.
A couple of years ago, I discovered a painting on Etsy that I knew I had to buy. Although the artwork was aesthetically pleasing, that’s not what drew me to it. Instead, what caught my attention were the words written on it: “She was fearlessly authentic.”
Join us in celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month with a special read about neurodivergence and innovation from Southwest Airlines University (SWA U) Curriculum Developer Tonya Ratliff-Garrison.
Five to seven days—that’s the average amount of time an American family will take time off of work and school to go on a vacation. But what if you only had five to seven hours to go on a vacation? In the midst of busy work and school schedules, a day trip is all you need to pack in local favorites, sites to see, and things to do in your bucket list cities. Hop on a morning flight out and grab an evening flight home to get the most out of your day trip to Nashville, Tennessee.
One of the many ways Southwest Airlines shows our Heart is by investing in the future generations and encouraging these up and coming leaders to soar to new heights. In celebration of the International Day of the Girl, Southwest teamed up with GenHERation to invite one young woman to experience a day in the field learning more about the aviation career of her dreams.
The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show, Kidd’s Kids, and Southwest Airlines are teaming up to host a telethon TODAY, Tuesday, October 9 from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. CDT to help fund the Kidd’s Kids Walt Disney World Trip. Read more to learn how you can donate and support the trip of a lifetime for these special children.
A few weeks ago, our family was thrilled to be part of Southwest Airlines visit to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. We joined a group of Adopt-A-Pilot Ambassadors from across the country as they visited and toured the hospital that is changing the way childhood cancers are researched and treated.
“In two weeks, on October 17, my 60th birthday, I will turn in my Employee ID badge and retire. I will always be Southwest Airlines, and Southwest Airlines will always be a big part of me and my Heart … I’ll just have a lot of great memories and a Retiree card.”
Read on for Bill Owen’s final post here on The Southwest Airlines Community!
Grab your ticket and go! For a limited time, Southwest Airlines is offering a winter travel sale with domestic fares starting as low as $49, $79, $99, and $129 one-way, and international fares starting as low as $99 one-way to some of our most popular destinations. Don’t delay, this sale will only last three days, so head to Southwest.com now to book your flight.
Southwest wants to do its part to protect our communities and make the world a better place for future generations by respecting and valuing our resources. To help create a positive environmental impact in the communities we serve, we have partnerships with a variety of environmentally focused groups, including EcoRise. Learn more about how through our partnership, we were able to provide transportation to EcoRise members to attend EcoRise’s first Summer Institute!
We’re often asked if Campus Reach Interns are ever hired for full-time employment after their internship. Our answer: we love hiring Interns! The Campus Reach Program has built a talent acquisition pipeline here at Southwest, so you will see many of our former Interns roaming the hallways now as full-time Southwest Employees.
Nikalos Bray interned on the Flight Operations Procedures and Development Team back in the summer of 2013, and is now a Pilot – First Officer in Flight Operations. Read on for more!
While we’re starting to nail down our Halloween costumes, it’s never too soon to start thinking about those spring vacations you deserve. Today, Southwest schedules were extended through June 8, 2019, giving us the opportunity to start planning for a long Memorial Day weekend! Let’s take a look at what we have in store.
Our Heart helps us connect People to what's important in their lives, which is why we are proud to partner with Knights of Heroes, a camp for sons and daughters of fallen soldiers. Learn more about how you can join in supporting other deserving children’s charities during our annual LUV Classic & Party!
At Southwest Airlines, we’re focused on connecting People and championing community. We have a long history of giving back, which is evident in our dedication to the places where our Customers live and work.
To continue this commitment, we’re excited to share the launch of a $1 million charitable grant program to support innovative nonprofit organizations across the United States. This exciting grant will provide us the opportunity to further invest in the careers and workforces of tomorrow!
For many of the communities Southwest Airlines serves, 2017 was a challenging year. Several places we love were impacted by natural disasters—one of the areas most impacted was Tapachula, Chiapas. People living in this area supply some of the coffee beans utilized by Community Coffee Company, our onboard partner that provides our inflight coffee. At Southwest, disaster preparedness and response is one of the core pillars of our community outreach efforts, and we are honored to play a role as the people of Tapachula rebuild.
In 2017, we announced our partnership with Mexican fashion designer Carla Fernández. To create these incredible products, Carla Fernández worked with artisans in seven different communities throughout Mexico who specialize in creating textile and embroidery designs and handcrafts that preserve the country’s rich cultural heritage. Southwest Airlines is proud to celebrate LUV Seat: Mexico during Hispanic Heritage Month and all throughout the year as a part of our Repurpose with Purpose program.
Travel this week to many of our East Coast destinations as well as Punta Cana and San Juan, Puerto Rico may be affected by Hurricane Florence and Tropical Storm Isaac.
Read more for additional details on our operations, flight status and rebooking options, and hear directly from our Dispatch and Meteorology Teams who are preparing our operation for the upcoming storms and members of our Social Care Team to learn more about how they are helping our Customers make adjustments to their travel.