A few months ago, Nic Jepsen, a high school student, reached out to our CEO, Gary Kelly, to ask for roundtrip airfare to see his team’s nationally-recognized science experiment rocketed into space. At Southwest, we love to inspire students to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) careers, and our Purpose is connecting Customers to what’s important in their lives. So, we weren’t surprised to learn Gary said yes.
Southwest Airlines breathes new life into nearly 675,000 pounds of seat covers and other discarded materials in 2017. Collaborations are underway to upcycle, recycle, and downcycle materials in Mexico, Florida, Texas, Missouri, Arizona, and Tennessee.
At Southwest, patriotism runs deep and we’re proud of the more than 7,500 veterans who we have the honor to also call our Cohearts. For Emily Estapa, the Director of the Network Operations Control Network, a life in aviation was always in the cards.
Each day, Provisioning Agent Jorge Alejandro Torres strives tomake his community better. Whether he’s working in the warehouse at Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) or volunteering at the local Ronald McDonald House, Jorge takes pride in his work and focuses on giving back.
Here at Southwest Airlines, we love to celebrate just about everything! So, in celebration of this week's National Nut Day on October 22, we polled our fall 2017 Intern class to see why they're “nuts” about Southwest Airlines.
Even though Southwest Airlines has been a fixture of Dallas Love Field for more than 46 years, our home airport’s history began more than half a century before. And today, our home airport celebrates its 100th birthday.
It’s cooling down outside, but the competition on the football field is heating up. The annual rivalry between The University of Texas and The University of Oklahoma is a beloved tradition. As the Official Airline of the Red River Showdown, we have come up with our own friendly competition that can onlybe done one way—the Southwest Way.
Joan Vorderbruggen has a strong vision for her hometown of Minneapolis. She sees the town's potential to act as a haven for the diverse and multi-cultural community members, and with her new position with Hennepin Theatre Trust, she hopes to help her vision come to life with a program called "5 to 10 on Hennepin."
In recent years, the Foro Lindbergh section of Parque México has been recognized as a space that should be defined by community members. Southwest Airlines' Heart of the Community program has helped to support Foro Lindbergh as a community-led public space.
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.
MKE Ramp Agent David Busch at Miller Park courtesy of our Partners at the Milwaukee Brewers.The Brewers invited several of our MKE Station’s top performing Employees out to Miller Park for an exclusive experience straight out of the movie “Field of Dreams.”
But, for MKE Ramp Agent David Busch, this month’s Trading Places event meant a little more. He was about to cash in on a years-long bet.
“It’s really about the kids. Through no fault of their own, these kids are removed from their homes, and in many cases separated from their siblings, then placed in a foster home with few or no personal effects. I just want them to know that people do care and they do matter.” —Gary Bjarke, Director Contract Services in Technical Operations
At Southwest Airlines, our Employees make it their mission to connect People to what’s important in their lives, but some Employees take it a step further. They connect Hearts.
Southwest now serves 101 destinations in nine countries, so if you’re looking to get away, there is always somewhere to go and experiences to be had! Nobody knows a location and its hidden gems better than the Employees who live and work there.
This month we celebrate LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) Pride across the globe, and I am so lucky that I work for a Company that celebrates the diversity ofthe Southwest Airlines Family throughout the year. It's because of mywork Cohearts, I get to be me at Southwest.
Southwest Employee Sunitha Cheruvu with Southwest Founder Emeritus Herb Kelleher.
One of the cornerstones of Southwest Airlines’ Culture is following The Golden Rule. To do right by others, you have to understand other people’s perspectives and know more about their story. As part of our Diversity and Inclusion event for Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage month, we asked Southwest Employee Sunitha Cheruvu to share some of her story.
At Southwest Airlines, our People create community wherever they are by volunteering their time, talent, and Heart. This week is National Volunteer Week and we’re excited to highlight our incredible Employees who engage their skills to strengthen connections in the communities where they live, work, and serve.
We asked our Employees to share with us pictures of their time volunteering in the community.
As a U.S. Army veteran, I was recently given the opportunity to share the story of my transition from the military to Southwest Airlines in G.I. Jobs Magazine. The reporter needed photos to accompany the article, so I asked a Pilot to join me in an "action" photo. This is where the story takes an interesting twist.