Southwest Airlines Inc.

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    June 4, 2014

    Southwest Announces Three-Day Sale from Dallas, and This One Might Not Be Total B.S.

    It's hump day, people, so lose yourself in a fantasy of jetting off on a one-way flight to exotic Lubbock or Wichita, with one of Southwest Airlines' trademark ultra-cheap flights to ... somewhere. Southwest announced yesterday that it would be offering a three-day sale on tickets for as low as $4 ... More >>

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    May 12, 2014

    Virgin America Will Get Two Love Field Gates After All

    It's official: the city of Dallas has agreed to let Virgin America move into Love Field. "After consideration of a number of factors, the City of Dallas has provided its consent to the sub-lease to Virgin America requested by American Airlines," City Manager A.C. Gonzalez said in a statement releas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2014

    Southwest Won't End Its SeaWorld Partnership

    SeaWorld has taken a bit of a beating recently as the backlash from CNN's Blackfish documentary, which lays bare the cruel folly of keeping killer whales in captivity and forcing them to entertain the masses. To a lesser extent, so has Southwest Airlines, which has a longstanding partnership with th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2012

    Southwest Airlines Owes Passengers 5.8 Million Free Drinks

    Two years ago, Southwest Airlines abruptly changed the rules of its Business Select program, which allows travelers to breeze through security, get to the front of the boarding line, earn extra reward points, and, most importantly, get free booze. Before August 1, 2010, could use their free drink v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2012

    Five Great 2012 Concerts in Non-Traditional Venues

    Certainly, there will be lists coming forth that will discuss the wonderful local tour stops for many national and international bands in 2012, whether Radiohead at the AAC, Sharon Von Etten at Trees or Frank Ocean at South Side Music Hall. See also: - The top five musical resurrections of 2012 ... More >>

  • Culture

    September 13, 2012

    My Oh Yes

    "Big D" both song and city, is earning big laughs at Lyric and the Wyly.

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    May 8, 2012

    Southwest Airlines' Herb Kelleher: Energy Independence, As You Understand It, Is A Myth

    Southwest Airlines co-founder Herb Kelleher and a gaggle of other titans, from former U.S. Spec Ops commanders to Sam Gilliland, chief executive officer of Dallas-based Sabre Holdings, reject outright the idea that we can drill our way to energy independence. In an Energy Security Leadership Council ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2012

    Turns Out a Lot of People are Arrested for Carrying Guns Through Love Field Security

    Love Field and TSA officials have a message for the public: STOP CARRYING GUNS THROUGH SECURITY. SERIOUSLY, GUYS. Fifteen travelers tried to carry guns through the Love Field security checkpoint this year -- that's compared to one person in the same period of time last year. Holy shit, right? That' ... More >>

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    March 8, 2012
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    September 27, 2011

    Tim Halperin Reaches No. 1 on iTunes, Sly Stone Is Now Homeless and Other News and Notes...

    Tim Halperin​Last week we ran a quick item about American Idol contestant, Tim Halperin, and his publicity stunt leading up to the release of his new record, Rise & Fall. He was to sit in a mock jail cell at Plano's Shops At Legacy for 28 hours leading up the expiration of his dreaded American ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2011

    "Excessive" Behavior or Homophobia? L Word Star, Southwest Trade Blows Over Booting

    Leisha Hailey​If you didn't know who Leisha Hailey was this morning, you probably will by the end of the day. She's the latest celebrity taking to Twitter to call out Love Field-based Southwest Airlines, which removed her from a plane today -- not because she's considered a heavy-duty "safety risk ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    As Walmart Moves In Across From Bachman Lake, Al's Pizzeria Sent Looking For New Home

    ​A panicked reader asks this morning about the fate of his beloved Al's Pizzeria on Northwest Highway, which opened in '74 and is there no more. "Tried to order a pizza at my favorite NW Dallas joint on Monday -- phone rang with no answer. Went by yesterday. They closed in August and said they wer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    Latest From Love Field Upgrade: Road Construction and Pedestrian Walkway Closing

    ​Whilst cleaning out the in-box I came across this sent-yesterday heads-up from the city involving two new inconveniences for those heading to Love Field, which is presently getting with the Modernization Program. Long story short: Expect lane closures on Cedar Springs, and don't try to use that W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2011

    Up in the Air? Not Exactly, As One Runway's Good to Go at Love Field. But the Other? Well ...

    ​Below, in the comments, Brenda Marks wonders what the eff's going on at Love Field, where all is most definitely not clear. So I called Frank Librio, PIO at City Hall, to see what gives. He asked around and reports back: "The long runway's open" and can handle takeoffs and landings, but Southwest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2010

    City Offers Love Field Fliers Some Tips on How to Have a "Safe and Pleasant Experience"

    Love Field does not look like this. Not yet. But it will. One day. So they say.​As you're no doubt aware by now, Love Field's starting to get its extreme makeover -- otherwise known as the Love Field Modernization Program, for those now quite with the program. But, see, maybe you're headed out for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2010

    Southwest's Flight Attendants Also Don't Much Care For TSA's New Screening Procedures

    ​Southwest Airlines's 9,400 flight attendants just sent word: They don't wanna be scanned. And they don't wanna be gate-raped.  That's the gist of the missive Transport Workers Union Local 556 President Thom McDaniel sent to Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and TSA Administrato ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2010

    Whitt's End: 9.3.10

    ​ Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *The Texas Rangers' slogan this season: "It's Time". The Texas Rangers' situation on September 3: "It's Over." With 29 games remaining, the Rangers could go 14-15 and the A's would have to go 24- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2010

    What Did the President Say at Russell and Dorothy Budd's House Last Night?

    Courtesy Kim Seale, Southwest AirlinesAir Force One leaving Love Field yesterday evening​Let's go to the lengthy transcript, which the White House just posted from last night's big-ticket fund-raiser at the Highland Park home of the attorney and his wife, a former president of Dallas Area Habitat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2010

    After "Quite a Bit of Confusion," Southwest Explains, Rewrites New Force Majeure Policy

    ​I mentioned this in passing Sunday: The Arizona Daily Star discovered, or so it thought, that Southwest Airlines's attorneys snuck into its contract of carriage a new definition of "act of God" should you find yourself delayed: "mechanical difficulties." To which the Love Field-based airline resp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2010

    News & Notes: Southwest Boots Passenger, a Greenville Ave. "Raid" and DMN Good News

    Avi AdelmanJust another weekend on Lower Greenville, where DPD checks IDs at the Hotel Capri​Some weekend catch-up while we wake up following several base-running mistakes last night: Kevin Smith is at the Granada Wednesday night, and, maybe, he'll address his earlier-this-year run-in with hometow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2010

    Mayor Leppert Just Stopped Checking His E-Mail to Chime In on the Love Field Concessions

    Sam MertenMayor Leppert, five minutes into the presentation.​Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Pauline Medrano began this afternoon's Love Field Concession Committee meeting by letting folks know why the committee was formed -- to clear up "perception issues reported by the newspaper" -- and what the groun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2010

    City Hall Wants to Make It Very Clear: We Don't Need No Lousy Bids at Love Field

    A conceptual rendering of Love Field after it undergoes its extreme makeover​Still haven't heard from City Attorney Tom Perkins concerning the legal above-boardness of those no-bid concession contracts at Love Field Airport, which the council will vote on tomorrow. But outta nowhere a a little whi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2010

    From Deep Inside the Dallas Convention Center, Walk Down "The Trails of North Texas"

    The Professional Convention Management Association kicked off its 3,000-attendees-strong annual conference last night with a wingding at the Dallas Convention Center. Mayor Tom, Southwest Airlines' Gary Kelly and American Airlines' Gerard Arpey spoke this morning during "Airlines and Meetings: A CEO ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2009

    Apparently, Analysts Want Southwest to Charge for Luggage. Passengers Do Not.

    Not effin' around: This ad first appeared back in June of last year.​Dallas-based Southwest Airlines releases its third-quarter financials tomorrow. Will the numbers go up? Dunno. Down? Could be. Hard to say. Kind of like whether Southwest is gaining passengers or losing money because it refuses t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2009

    Is Southwest Airlines Going to Charge for Bags? Yes. No. Maybe? Hard to Say.

    Back in June of '08, we pointed your attention toward the Southwest Airlines ad at right, which first appeared in the Wall Street Journal. It was, of course, a statement: American Airlines, and the other carriers, might be charging for bags, but not your beloved low-cost Dallas-based Southwest, nowa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2009

    Whitt's End: 4.24.09

    Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Barring a trade, the Cowboys won't make their first pick (51st overall) in tomorrow's NFL Draft until around 9:30 p.m., a good six hours after the thing kicks off. But it's worth it to tune in early.  ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2009

    Southwest Airlines, a Symbol of Freedom

    Southwest Airlines announced this morning that it's living up to that old motto, offering nearly every single employee what CEO Gary Kelly calls an "early out" in the wake of a first-quarter net loss, the Dallas-based carrier's third straight decline. Southwest today announced a first-quarter '09 ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2009

    Southwest Airlines Ties FedEx as Seventh Most-Admired Company in ... the World!

    Fortune just posted its list of the World's Most Admired Companies -- at least, admired by the other bidness folks surveyed by the magazine. Five Dallas-based companies made the list of 363, and they are, in alphabetical order: AT&T, Brinker International, Centex, Southwest Airlines and Texas In ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2009

    Southwest's Settlement With the FAA Will Cost the Carrier Quite a Few Peanuts

    Speaking of Southwest Airlines ... The Federal Aviation Administration today announced that at long last it has reached an agreement with the Dallas-based carrier concerning those 46 planes that were allowed to fly despite their not having been inspected for fuselage cracks. Southwest will pony up $ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2009

    Would You Like Aisle or Breast?

    A good Friend of Unfair Park who receives Southwest Airlines's tweets forwards this just-Twitter'd photo announcing the Dallas-based carrier's relationship with Sports Illustrated. Having such a hard time writing a caption for this ... But you know who's probably not amused? Kyla Ebbert.

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2009

    Nuts, Southwest

    Southwest Airlines's stock is taking a beating today -- down $1.90 at last check, to $7.91, following an analyst's decision to downgrade the stock to "sell" from "underperform." That follows yesterday's announcement that, for the second quarter in a row, the Dallas-based carrier posted a loss -- eve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2008

    Whitt's End

    Welcome to my dark, dank, little out-of-the-way catch-all corner.In here every Friday  afternoon you'll find those cumbersome little pieces parts, fleeting thoughts and mind crumbs I couldn't crowbar into other posts. It's where I'll come to clear my head, and to clean out my notebooks.Whether ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2008

    Brad News: Hawkins Leaving WFAA

    Uncle Barky breaks the bad news: The great Brad Hawkins, long a favorite of ours, is leaving WFAA-Channel 8 on Christmas Eve. Why come? He's taking a public relations gig at Southwest Airlines. Really? Really: "I'm at a crossroads in terms of opening myself to new challenges and new sk ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2008

    Southwest Airlines: "They Have No Heart!" Or: Danged Kids.

    A Friend of Unfair Park sends us this late-afternoon link to a story out of Seattle, about a woman and her unruly brood given the boot from a Southwest Airlines flight from Detroit to the Pacific Northwest. The plane made a pit stop in Phoenix, where Wendy Slaughter says she and her four kids and pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2008

    The Tale of Two Southwests

    ABC News ABC's Nightline was all set to do a puff piece on Southwest Airlines -- "the all-too-rare story of a U.S. airline that has been so successful, so profitable, so relentlessly cheery that practically no one who works at the airline ever quits." Only, that was before word broke that Southwes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2008

    Southwest's Up and Down Day

    Southwest CEO Gary Kelly, in a photo that ran on Southwest's blog around Halloween Kind of a good news-bad news Wednesday for Southwest Airlines. On the one hand, in today's New York Times there's a really flattering piece about Southwest's chief executive, Gary Kelly -- who, says the paper, "transf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2007

    Getting in Deep Over SUPs, Again

    No, this is not a day of "silent protest," as one Friend of Unfair Park asks below. Far from it -- thought it'd be nice just to let folks talk about the election results, without pointing out, oh, that Southwest Airlines is working hard to get your business or that Blockbuster's desperately trying t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2007

    Getting a Charge from Local Airports

    This is so not how you should charge your computer. Just yesterday I plugged into one of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport's free and freestanding "charging kiosks" -- maybe the best thing about Terminal B, except maybe Cousin's Bar-B-Q and that iPod dispenser from which I almost snagged some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2006

    Buy the Friendly Skies

    Brilliant idea? Hustle? Yes? Looks like Southwest Airlines is selling gift cards this holiday season. Yup, just like Target, Starbucks, you name it -- a little plastic gift card with a relatively large price tag, which you can pick up on your way out of Kmart and Wal-Mart. (It's also one hell of an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2006

    Wright Deal Not Right? Maybe. Probably?

    Steven Pearlstein, a business columnist at The Washington Post, has an outsiders' take on the Wright Amendment compromise, which Mayor Laura touts as her legacy and some folks at the Justice Department insist is bad for business. Pearlstein writes that the compromise reached by mayors Laura Miller a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2006

    The Fourth of July

    This Wright Amendment float was among the few political statements made during my neighborhood's July 4 parade. Well, Mitchell Rasansky did say hi to me. As I began writing this, at 9 p.m. July 4, I could hear from the backyard the snap-crackle-boom of nearby fireworks (either that, or gunplay--hard ... More >>

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    June 9, 2006
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    May 16, 2006

    The Wright Way to Mess With American?

    Like me, you're probably burned out on Wright Amendment talk, which will likely last so long we'll be able to beam to New York City Star Trek-style from the comfort of our own homes. But the contstant noise coming from both Southwest Airlines and American Airlines has produced one totally amusing ru ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2006

    Whatever It Is, She's Against It

    Is there anything Adelfa Callejo won't protest? Of course, we ask with love; she's a powerful and sincere attorney-activist-advocate whose life story is so compelling that in 1999 a Stanford law student made her the subject of this comprehensive paper that serves as a pretty inspirational tale. But ... More >>

  • News

    June 16, 2005

    Mostly Air

    Plus: Sowing Old Seeds

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    September 30, 2004

    Howl at the Moon

    Or just enjoy a traditional Japanese Otsukimi

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    July 3, 2003

    Fire It Up

    One good thing about the Trinity

  • News

    December 7, 2000

    Love's Labor Lost

    The silence is deafening at City Hall over expanding Love Field, but Jim Schutze has some advice for airport neighbors: Buy earplugs.

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