Southwest Airlines Inc.

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    July 31, 2012

    Jack Ingram, The Boot Campaign and Southwest Airlines Help Out a Texas Vet

    If it seems like we've been bringing you plenty of news about many of the fine regional country artists who are quick to lend their names and talents to causes whose worthiness can't be questioned, well, that's because there's often a compelling story behind it. On Monday, July 23, treasured Texan ... More >>

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    June 22, 2012

    Southwest Didn't Always Hate Skimpy Clothing. Just Look at Those '70s Hemlines

    Southwest Airlines posted a cheeky little game on their Facebook page: Check out these seemingly identical photos of our stewardesses from the 'first hostess class' in 1971 and find the 10 differences (it's sort of fun). Our first thought: Southwest hired go-go dancers as stewardesses? (check out t ... More >>

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    November 4, 2011

    Read TxDOT's Rationale For Need For High Speed Rail Between Houston, DFW (Or ... Not?)

    Click to enlarge potential routes for high-speed rail routes between Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston.​On Tuesday we noted that the Texas Department of Transportation is looking for a firm to ID would-be routes for a high-speed rail line between Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth, using $15 million in Fed ... More >>

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    June 29, 2011

    Southwest's Flight Attendants Accept Pilot's Apology For His Open-Mic Rant

    ​One week ago today, the union representing Southwest Airlines' flight attendants threatened to file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission after it became public that a pilot had taken to the airwaves to broadcast his ... let's say ... dissatisfaction with the quality of the ... More >>

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    June 24, 2011

    You Are Now Free To Rock Across The Country: Motopony To Hit Dallas On Day-Long U.S. Tour

    Motopony​Seattle indie-folk act Motopony just sent our way an interesting press release, in which they detail plans for a coast-to-coast US tour. The whole thing will take place in single day.With the help of the Love Field-based Southwest Airlines, which is currently celebrating its 40th annivers ... More >>

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    June 22, 2011

    Southwest's Flight Attendants Are Furious Over Pilot's Comments and Carrier's Response

    ​Perhaps you've heard: Back on March 25, a still-unidentified Southwest Airlines pilot was somewhere over the great state of Texas when he decided to use his open mike to review the Love Field-based carrier's flight attendants. Said the fellow, all he could find on his route were "11 fucking over- ... More >>

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    February 17, 2011

    Fly Southwest, Drive Herb Kelleher: Mayor Submits Street Name for "Texas Legend"

    Southwest Airlines​Speaking of changes at Love Field ...Mayor Tom Leppert -- along with council members Delia Jasso and Linda Koop -- yesterday sent a memo to City Manager Mary Suhm proposing that the city change the name of a section of Cedar Springs Road to Herb Kelleher Way. In honor of the co- ... More >>

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    November 8, 2010

    DART Prez Makes Good on World Series Bet

    DART via BART​Earlier this morning I came across this San Francisco TV report: "Texan to sing at BART station over World Series bet." Said Texan is actually Dallas Area Rapid Transit President and Executive Director Gary Thomas, who made a bet with his BART counterpart that involved the loser goin ... More >>

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    September 27, 2010

    The Noise From Love Field Is Either a Closed Runway or SWA's Big AirTran Acquisition

    Sunandan Subramaniam/​I live in the Love Field flight path -- have all my life. So, you say, there's more noise than usual coming from the airport? OK, then. Me, I can't tell. But Angela Hunt has one explanation: construction on Runway 13R-31L, which runs parallel to Denton Drive. It was ... More >>

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    September 23, 2010
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    July 28, 2010

    Texas Rangers to Show Their LUV This Morning

    Texas RangersTommy Hunter​Can't recall the last time I recorded Rangers games -- '99, maybe? Nevertheless, even a few hours later Nelson Cruz's 10th-inning walk-off last night was a thrilling thing of beauty -- and towering enough to put the Rangers eight and a half up over both the A's and Angels ... More >>

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    July 27, 2010

    Giveaway! Win a Pair of Tickets to Kevin Smith at the Granada Theater Tomorrow Night!

    ​It wasn't Kevin Smith's proudly rude series of films-as-dick-jokes that brought him fame among the masses. It was a bad customer service experience. You remember: Southwest Airlines designated him a "passenger of size" and kicked him off an Oakland-to-Burbank flight. One assumes the Southwest sta ... More >>

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    July 25, 2010

    News & Notes: Superman's Away, Southwest Airlines Finds God and a Good Guys Pick

    Dallas Independent School DistrictFrom Mayor Tom's Back to School Fair press conference Thursday, your Sunday-morning caption contestant​Some random notes while I attempt to get myself out of a murky land deal:Dallas Theater Center's revisal of It's a Bird ... It's a Plane ... It's Superman closes ... More >>

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    May 27, 2010

    Are Vonciel Hill and Carolyn Davis About to Call Out the Mayor? (Update: Apparently Not.)

    Sam MertenDMN'er Rudy Bush thought I was taking a picture of him walking into the meeting, but I assured him I was merely capturing City Manager Mary Suhm with a smile on her face, which he agreed is rare these days given the city's $130 million budget shortfall.​The second meeting of the city ... More >>

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    May 11, 2010

    Thanks to Dave Letterman: Dallas in Arlington!

    Your First-Place Texas Rangers take on the one-game-back Oakland Athletics tonight at the Ballpark in Arlington -- first pitch in, oh, 15 minutes. After the game, you can switch it on over to CBS for the Late Show with David Letterman, where perfect-gamer Dallas Braden's throwing out the Top 10 list ... More >>

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    February 14, 2010

    Effing Southwest Airlines Effed With the Wrong Effing Filmmaker, Kevin Effing Smith

    On his SModcast recounting his "portly misadventure," Kevin Smith refers to Southwest Airlines as "the food-stamp airline."​A Friend of Unfair Park intimately familiar with the doings at Southwest Airlines says, yeah, today was hell at the Love Field-based airlines, but tomorrow's sure to be worse ... More >>

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    February 1, 2010

    Southwest Airlines' Past and Future: When Love Field Was Funky, Before Wi-Fi in the Sky

    Southwest AirlinesBefore the Love Evolution, a look at the airport back in the 1970s​I went over to Southwest Airlines' blog to read more about Friday's Wi-Fi announcement -- as in, it'll be available on all planes by early 2012. Just don't ask how much the service will cost: "We don't have an ans ... More >>

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    October 21, 2009

    Well, This is One Way to Clean the Inside of a Plane: Go Green! Right, Southwest?

    Southwest Airlines had its Media Day today, so expect myriad deep-think pieces in coming hours about the Love Field-based carrier's newfangled "Green Plane." Um, which is ...? Well, here's the press release that inventories all the "environmentally friendly interior materials" being used, among them ... More >>

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    October 15, 2009

    At Southwest, a Small Loss is a Big Win

    Speaking of Southwest Airlines ...The Love Field-based carrier reported this morning a $16-million third-quarter loss, which, given the current state of the aviation industry, Southwest is treating like a big victory. Hence, CEO and president Gary Kelly sunny(ish) disposition on Fox Business this mo ... More >>

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    June 15, 2009

    Flying High With Southwest

    Back in March, CNN and The Wall Street Journal profiled David Holmes, at right, otherwise known as the rapping Southwest Airlines flight attendant -- and one of the stars of Saturday night's SWA employee banquet at the downtown Sheraton, where, from all appearances, the airline spent far more than p ... More >>

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    May 12, 2009

    American Makes $278 Mil From Checked Bags, to Which Southwest Responds, "So?"

    According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, American Airlines pocketed $278 million in bag fees last year, putting it at the top of the list of airlines making extra scratch by charging to lose your luggage. But Dallas-based Southwest Airlines insists it still won't go there: Southwest CEO G ... More >>

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    March 13, 2009

    So, You Want to Know Who's Paying for the Dallas Love Field Redo, Do You?

    Pardon, but light of yesterday's announcement that American Eagle has flown the coop at Dallas Love Field till the dust settles, city officials would like to clear up any misconceptions concerning the forthcoming extreme makeover scheduled at the airport. Construction's scheduled to occur sooner tha ... More >>

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    March 13, 2009

    The Explanation For Why I Wasn't On Channel 52 Tonight As Planned

    If you tuned in to Channel 52's Tylock Lasik Sports Talk, obviously that wasn't me. 'Twas The Ticket's Mark Elfenbein. Where was I? Dropping off the kid for his Spring Break flight at Love Field - for three hours. Why? Beats me.

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    March 12, 2009

    To Hell With Free Peanuts: Southwest Airlines Considers an "Intriguing" New Idea

    Says Bloomberg this morning, Southwest Airlines may do the unthinkable and ... sell food! The Dallas-based carrier doesn't know what it'll sell or when it'll begin selling it, but as the airline industry seeks new ways to make money (cough ... charging for checked luggage ... cough), Southwest figur ... More >>

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    February 5, 2009

    Last Night: The Killers at Nokia Theatre

    The KillersNokia Theatre in Grand PrairieWednesday, February 4, 2009 Better than: That Southwest Airlines "Wanna get away?" commercial where the rapper yells "Thank you, Detroit!" and his hypeman leans in and whispers, "Detroit was last night..." After The Killers opened its set at the ... More >>

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    November 19, 2008

    Southwest Hearts New York

    A Friend of Unfair Park is rather unhappy with Dallas-based Southwest Airlines over the news today that the carrier's spending a mere $7.5 million to assume ATA Airlines' rights to operate at New York's LaGuardia Airport. The deal's still a long ways off: "Details on the commencement of service or t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2008

    Airline Execs Now Have Common Enemy: Goddamned Oil Speculators!

    So, from the looks of a letter that arrived in my in-box last night, most of the airlines' woes come from but a single source: oil speculators. At least, that's what American Airlines' Gerard Arpey and Southwest Airlines' Gary Kelly -- and nine of their fellow CEOs and presidents -- insist in a miss ... More >>

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    July 8, 2008

    Fight or Flight: It's Crew vs. Passengers On One "Horrific" AA Flight to NYC!

    A Friend of Unfair Park wonders why we're talking about those folks getting the boot from a Southwest Airlines flight when there's a far more interesting story concerning an American Airlines flight from Miami to New York. In short, notes the NYC newsman, there was a "pitched battle between the crew ... More >>

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    July 8, 2008

    If Nothing Else, Further Proof of Southwest Airlines' Marketing Genius

    Wacky, wacky Southwest Airlines. Looks like the Dallas-based airline, already responsible for one of the greatest print ads in recent memory, has done gone and rounded up Fort Worth-based comedy quartet Curtis Needs a Ride for this zany travel-tip infomercial regarding airport security do's and do-n ... More >>

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    June 5, 2008

    Southwest Airlines Don't #$*!% Around

    After the jump, the Southwest Airlines ad that appeared in today's Wall Street Journal. Which brings me to this week's installment of Ask American Airline Spokesman Tim Wagner: Is that ad brilliant or what? --Robert Wilonsky

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    June 4, 2008
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    April 14, 2008

    Introducing, Ahem, Southwest Airlines' Newest Symbol of Freedom

    Following Herb Kelleher's stand-up act in front of rhe House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure a few days back, The Onion today serves up a "news" story that's so not funny I initially thought it was a news story: "Southwest Airlines Now Taking Passengers To Destinations By Shuttle Bus. ... More >>

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    April 4, 2008

    Herb Kelleher Had Himself a Good Ol' Time In Front of Congress

    Over at the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure's Web site, you'll find the best nine-hour film this side of, um, Shoah? (Sorry, first one that came to mind.) It's the entirety of yesterday's hearing -- Critical Lapses in FAA Safety Oversight of Airlines: Abuses of Regulatory "Partn ... More >>

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    January 23, 2008

    Wi-Fi in the Sky

    Yesterday, American Airlines announced that at long last it would begin testing high-speed Internet service on its Boeing 767-200 aircraft; the Fort Worth-based carrier will begin the trial run this summer, give or take, courtesy three lightweight antennae installed on the outside of the aircraft. ... More >>

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    December 28, 2007

    Come Fly With Them

    Southwest Airlines is trying to lure folks who think the airline's boarding and seating-selection process is tantamount to "chaos," in the word of one business traveler quoted this morning in USA Today. The Dallas-based carrier is also looking to make, oh, an extra billion in annual revenue by 2009. ... More >>

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    December 20, 2007
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    November 15, 2007

    Things You Learn While Being Put on Hold by Southwest Airlines

    Bizarre as this sounds, I’ve spent the better part of the afternoon calling Southwest Airlines with the express intention of being put on hold. Normally, I despise having to wait on the phone and being held captive by Muzak and that creepy electronic voice that sweetly says, “We’ll be right wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2007

    Southwest Jerks Off Passenger

    Wait. I think that headline's supposed to read, "Southwest Jerks Passenger Off Plane Again." Anyway. But, really, Southwest Airlines. What in the hell is wrong with you people? --Robert Wilonsky

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    April 23, 2007
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    April 20, 2007

    Southwest by Southwest

    Paula Abdul doesn't like Southwest Airlines. Allegedly. Very allegedly. Some Southwest Airlines notes this morning, as I prep for an afternoon flight to Austin: Says here that CreditSights analyst Roger King figures now would be as good a time as any for the Dallas-based airline to get involved in ... More >>

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    April 2, 2007

    Southwest Still Good; American, Getting Worse

    Southwest Airlines, as always, had the lowest consumer complaint rate (0.18 per 100,000 passengers, neat) of all the major airlines in 2006. Yet it came in at only No. 5 on the Air Quality Rating 2007 report, issued today by Brent D. Bowen of the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Dean Headley of W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2006

    The Wright Flight Flies into D.C.

    The future of Love Field--well, the Wright Amendment, anyway--will be discussed in D.C. on Wednesday. On Wednesday, the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will meet to discuss "Reforming the Wright Amendment." (Actually, it's the Subcommitee on Aviation hosting the hearing tha ... More >>

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    May 31, 2006
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    May 15, 2006

    The Times Tongue-Kisses Southwest

    Is this story in The New York Times today: a) a fawning profile of a business under seige by its larger local competitor; b) a case study in mid-1970s retro-feminism; c) a celebration of a job well done and proof that when treated well, employees will last forever; d) a lesson in getting in on the g ... More >>

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    April 20, 2006

    Airline Tickets for the Wright Price

    American Airlines execs, standing alongside Mark Cuban, gave away some 19,000 airline tix to everyone at last night's Dallas Mavericks game at the American Airlines Center. The kicker: The vouchers are for American flights at Love Field, the same airport I am pretty sure American wants shuttered in ... More >>

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    April 11, 2006

    The Unfriendly Skies

    I was on the fence about the whole Wright Amendment thing till yesterday, when I got on an American Airlines flight that lasted three hours and felt like a lifetime. It's hard to figure which was worse: the flight attendant who pretty much threw a can of Coke at the poor guy sitting next to me (whil ... More >>

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    March 9, 2006

    Whatta Load

    Air Cargo World, billed as the authoritative voice of the international air freight industry, named Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport as the world's most excellent cargo airport in its second Air Cargo Excellence Survey based on a worldwide query of air cargo users. Fraport Frankfort got the s ... More >>

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