Southwest Airlines Announces 2017 Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community Grant RecipientsJun 14, 2017
Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) announced today the recipients of the 2017 Southwest Airlines® Heart of the Community Grants in partnership with Project for Public Spaces. Through Southwest Airlines* Heart of the Community program, Southwest Airlines is committed to building connections that bring People together to strengthen communities for a more resilient future. One of the ways the airline is accomplishing this is by supporting the creation, activation, and sustainability of vibrant community gathering spaces.
The 2017 Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community grant recipients include:
• Arts Council New Orleans in partnership with the Downtown Development District of New Orleans, Duncan Plaza, New Orleans, LA
• Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, Buffalo*s Reading Park, Buffalo, NY
• Downtown OKC, Inc., Kerr Park, Oklahoma City, OK
**At Southwest Airlines, we build community wherever we are, whether at our gates, in our planes, or out in the communities we serve,** said Linda Rutherford, Southwest Airlines Vice President and Chief Communications Officer. **That is the inspiration behind Southwest Airlines* Heart of the Community program. By investing in authentic relationships and creating spaces and opportunities that bring People together, we can build connections and strengthen communities. We*re excited to see the positive impact each of these spaces will have as a result of these grants.**
Each 2017 Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community grant recipient will be eligible to receive up to $150,000 in total project funding through the Southwest Airlines Foundation, a corporate advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The 2017 grant recipients also will receive technical assistance from Project for Public Spaces.
**Our goal in working with the 2017 Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community grant recipients is to help them create great public spaces where everyone in the community feels welcome,** said Fred Kent, Founder and President of Project for Public Spaces. **When people in communities come together in this effort, results are tangible and immediate, and the placemaking process itself helps to strengthen the sense of belonging, sociability, and inclusion that great places naturally generate.**
Since 2013, the airline has invested more than $6.4M in building connections and has awarded 20 grants through the Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community program. This year*s grant recipients were chosen from a competitive pool of 75 applicants representing 43 cities nationwide.
Cheers To This Southwest Airlines Toasts Customers With Sparkling WineFeb 13, 2017
Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) today announced the addition of sparkling wine to the carrier*s onboard offerings, just in time for Valentine*s Day. In line with pricing for its current premium beverage assortment (spirits, beer, and wine), Customers 21 years or older may purchase sparkling wine for $5 with a credit card or valid Southwest drink coupon.
**We*ve heard from many Customers who desire sparkling wine as a complement to our world famous Customer Service,** said Sonya Lacore, Southwest Airlines Vice President Inflight Operations. **We are pleased to add St Roc sparkling wine to the variety of options our Customers may now enjoy onboard.**
**From our vineyards in France and Spain, Grands Chais de France is deeply rooted in crafting quality European wines,** said Grands Chais de France CEO Joseph Helfrich. **We are honored that Southwest is offering our St Roc sparkling wine to their valued passengers. Santé!**
In addition to beer, wine, and liquor, Southwest Airlines offers complimentary non-alcoholic refreshments such as soft drinks, juices, water, and coffee onboard all flights, along with peanuts and pretzels. Additionally, complimentary snack assortments are offered on longer-haul flights.
Southwest Airlines Inaugurates New Service To Cuba, Making Havana The 100th City In Growing NetworkDec 12, 2016
Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) today began service to the carrier*s 100th city, Havana, Cuba, with inaugural celebration on flights departing two U.S. gateway airports, Tampa International and Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International. Southwest Employees and Executive Leaders joined Customers in traveling aboard the first-ever Southwest flights to Havana. The Company*s social media fans joined a conversation by sharing memories and images of the milestone day through the hashtag #Southwest100.
**I*m grateful to our more than 53,000 Southwest Employees and everyone who*s been part of our Southwest Family during the past 45 years who built our airline to this moment in history—we now operate flights from 100 cities across nine countries,** said Gary Kelly, Southwest Airlines Chairman, President, & CEO, before a welcoming delegation at Jose Marti International Airport in Havana. **Our daily nonstop flight from Tampa and twice daily service from Fort Lauderdale bring additional vital links for our Customers who count on us to connect them with places and people that are important in their lives through unmatched value in air travel.**
Service to Santa Clara, Cuba, the carrier*s 101st city served, begins this Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016. Service to Varadero, Cuba, began Nov. 13, 2016.
From its first flights on June 18, 1971, connecting a triangle of Texas cities with a fleet of just three aircraft, Southwest Airlines launched an era of unprecedented affordability in air travel. The U.S. Department of Transportation later described this phenomenon as **The Southwest Effect,** a lowering of fares that increases passenger traffic in new, nonstop markets the carrier serves. Now, with more than 53,000 Employees, Southwest carries more than 100 million people annually aboard the world*s largest fleet of Boeing aircraft. With 43 consecutive years of profitability behind it, Southwest also is widely recognized as one of the most honored airlines in the world.
Southwest is the only major U.S. airline to offer all Customers its bags fly free® policy (applies to the first and second checked pieces of luggage, with applicable size and weight limitations) and never charges change fees, though fare differences could apply when plans change.
**Some airlines allow free checked bags on select routes or only in qualified circumstances. In contrast, we proudly offer two free checked bags to every Customer because it*s a foundational value in every fare we sell,** Kelly said. **In our fifth decade of service, we*re now seeing the Southwest Effect in international markets as our Customer-friendly policies reach beyond the U.S. border on our growing route map.**
In 2014, Southwest began international service that now touches more than a dozen airports across eight additional countries with service offered from gateway cities across the continental United States. The Our History section of the Southwest Newsroom at swamedia.com features a full rundown of Southwest*s unique history. Video and photos from today*s historic flights also are available on the site.