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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.

 

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Starting September 17, Southwest Airlines will have updated policies that will affect our Customers who travel with an emotional support animal or trained service animal. We hope these changes give our Customers clearer guidelines about the types of animals that can travel on our planes. Read more to learn addiitonal details about these updated policies. 

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Southwest’s Emerging Leader Development Program (ELDP) is an 18-month job rotational program that seeks to train and develop excellent frontline and operational Leaders for Southwest Airlines. Upon successful completion of the program, participants are placed in a Leadership role anywhere in the Southwest system, based on business need. Read on to hear firsthand from a recent participant of the program! Interested applicants are encouraged to apply now through August 19.

 

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Today is National Intern Day, and we interviewed Vice President Ground Operations (and former Intern!) Anthony Gregory to discuss his career path at Southwest. Read on to learn more about Anthony’s story and his advice to interns everywhere.

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Our fourth annual Southwest Summer Camp is underway, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome over 160 campers (who are dependents of Southwest Employees) to our Headquarters this week! Additionally, we are hosting a few students from GenHERation and a few students whose nationally-recognized science experiment was sent to space. Most of these campers aren’t of legal voting age yet, but they just might be future Southwest Employees. In fact, that’s kind of the point.

 

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One of the best ways Southwest Airlines celebrates our “Southwest Story” is through our annual One Report. Today, we are excited to announce the release of the 2017 Southwest Airlines One Report, which highlights financial performance, citizenship efforts, and key events that occurred for Southwest throughout the past year.

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When I think about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., there are several words that come to mind: civility, equality, respect, love, service, and community to name a few. Today is a great reminder of the responsibility we each have to do our part to show kindness to one another and to embrace civility, even in difficult times. 

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JoeKMet
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Located in Network Operations Control (NOC) at Southwest’s Headquarters, the Meteorology Team consists of 10 operational meteorologists who specialize in impact-oriented forecasting and weather communication. The conclusions from our meteorologists are used in strategic and tactical decision support across all of Southwest’s operations.

 

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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 as full-time Southwest Employees.

 

Jake Garbelotti interned twice in the Technical Operations Department, in Fall 2013 and Summer 2014. He is now a Material Planner I in Technical Operations. Read on for more.

 

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Once we felt the full impact of Hurricane Harvey, it was apparent no planes would be taking off from Houston Hobby anytime soon. I have never seen so much rain or the lightning and tornadoes that accompanied it. Meanwhile, Southwest had been working around the clock to get us out of Houston. When a brief break in the heavy rain occurred around mid-afternoon on Saturday, Southwest managed to evacuate 500-600 Passengers. Thanks to Southwest it was not the nightmare it could have been.

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JoeKMet
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Joe_BridgeWorking.jpgOur meteorologists work on the bridge in the NOC, and utilize up to seven computer monitors to analyze weather data, build graphics, and collaborate with each other as well as other forecasters in the National Weather Service.

Located in Network Operations Control (NOC) at Southwest’s Headquarters, the Meteorology Team consists of 10 operational meteorologists who specialize in impact-oriented forecasting and weather communication. The conclusions from our meteorologists are used in strategic and tactical decision support across all of Southwest’s operations.

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Our Southwest story began more than 50 years ago in San Antonio when southwest Co-Founders Herb Kelleher and Rollin King first sat down to discuss the “crazy” idea of starting an airline. Since then, our Company not only survived, but became the envy of just about every other airline out there. It’s a story worth keeping track of, and that’s exactly what we do within our Corporate Archive at Southwest's Headquarters in Dallas.

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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. 

 

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lorrainechomel
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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. 

 

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Caitrin Batlle interned on both the Customer Intelligence and Revenue Management Teams back in Spring 2015 and Summer 2016, and is now a Market Strategy Yield Analyst in Revenue Management. Read on for more.

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737thRibbon.JPGTo mark the occasion, Boeing hosted a ribbon cutting and signing ceremony at their Seattle Delivery Center. On hand to officially accept the 737th (N8533S) were Southwest’s Managers of Aircraft Field Services Bill Rogers and Peggy Hain.

Southwest Airlines started in 1971 as a mighty airline with only three aircraft. Last Thursday, almost 46 years later, we reached an exciting Southwest milestone by taking delivery of our 737th brand new 737!

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While you may be familiar with the Customer Service Agent who helps you at the airport, the Flight Attendant who serves you drinks and Hospitality at 35,000 feet, and the Pilot who get you safely to your destination, there are hundreds of Teams who work behind the scenes to keep Southwest successful and our Customers happy.  Here is one such group: Business Development.

 

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Think back—who motivated, supported, and inspired you when you were starting to consider your future career? Did a certain individual play a pivotal role in your career development? As you think about these two questions, were you immediately inspired or did you have to take time to reflect on a series of events? 

We asked some of our incredible Southwest women to share their stories.

 

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A little less than a month after Herb Kelleher filed papers to establish our Company, the aircraft that would become the cornerstone of Southwest airlines operation took flight for the first time on April 9, 1967.  Over the weekend, a birthday party was held at Boeing Field in Seattle to celebrate the half century of service of the 737.

 

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kgao
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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. Kiki Gao is one example. She interned in the Corporate Tax Department in spring 2013, and is now a Tax Accountant within Corporate Tax.

 

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jhamner
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justinehamner1.jpgFrom the West Coast to the Windy City, one intern talks about how her time with Southwest has expanded her horizons.

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jhay
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My internship with Southwest has helped me in my professional career as I learn about the Company’s core values such as having a Fun-LUVing Attitude and a Warrior Spirit. But my time with Southwest has also led me to achieve some personal goals as I’ve taken advantage of the benefits to run and bike my way all over new cities across America.

 

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As a small-town girl from Nebraska, I never thought interning at my dream company would be this rewarding. Southwest Airlines was a place I often referred to when researching successful trends in organizational development, Leadership, and Employee engagement for my Communication Studies courses. To be selected as a Southwest Intern and able to see the Culture on a daily basis has been a true blessing. Nearly every experience has been fascinating and proof that it’s possible to love what you do every single day.

 

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CurtisPetitt
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As a kid, I was always excited for Halloween. Who doesn’t like free candy?! However, I never imagined how Southwest would bring Halloween … or HalloWN, as we call it here, to a whole new level.

 

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KimKissh1.pngI’m the Safety Intern in the Flight Operations Department at Southwest Airlines. Even through the short duration of my internship, I have experienced firsthand what “Southwest Family” means. Although I’ve been here for only a few months, I’ve made relationships similar to those of close cousins. At work—just as with a family—you have to put effort in, but the resulting love and affection are wonderfully heartwarming.

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Hurricane Matthew, currently a Category 4 Hurricane, is anticipated to make landfall later today in Florida and will continue  up the coast into Georgia and South Carolina by Friday. If you have travel planned through Nassau, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Orlando, Jacksonville, Ft. Meyers, Tampa, Charleston, between today and Tuesday; or Charlotte, or Raleigh/Durham between today and Saturday, and you would like to rebook your travel, we’re offering you flexible accommodations.  

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Ever take the time to admire an airport's architecture? A lot of thought and planning goes into the design of an airport. Designs are constantly being improved upon and reformed. The key to making the layout for the next new airport could be in older designs ...

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Southwest Warriors from across the system are working hard to reduce our energy consumption, energy costs, and environmental footprint.  Here are a few more examples of how we are working to reduce our impact on the environment.

TOPS.jpgWhen our newest building on our corporate campus in Dallas, TOPS, was opened in 2014, it was awarded LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification.

 

 

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His full name is Moises Gonzales, but to most he’s just “Gonzo.” It’s this easygoing personality that makes him the perfect fit as a Quality Control Field Service Supervisor for Southwest Airlines.

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At Southwest Airlines, we are known for our unique Culture and Fun-LUVing Employees.  And believe me when I say that they are as interesting off the clock as they are when they are working. Meet Linda! 

 

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