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.
Southwest Airlines Tips Off a New Era in IndyIt*s a slam dunk for Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) and the Indiana Pacers as the two brands team up. During a news conference this morning at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Southwest and the Pacers announced a new partnership that will bring exciting events to Central Indiana including giving out 50,000 Rapid Rewards Points to celebrate the Pacers* 50th season (2016-2017), player appearances, and much.
**This is an exciting partnership highlighting passion points that make Indianapolis a great place to live, work, and play,** said Katherine Findlay, Southwest*s Vice President of Internal Audit who also is Southwest*s executive ambassador to Indianapolis. **We look forward to joining the Pacers and their fans to showcase our new destinations, low fares, and the Customer-friendly policies that make Southwest Airlines a great choice for business and leisure travel.**
**It*s very fitting that as we begin a season-long celebration of 50 years of Pacers basketball and history with Opening Night this evening, we gather today to begin a new era with our friends from Southwest Airlines,** said Rick Fuson, President of Pacers Sports & Entertainment. **This is a remarkable day in so many ways, and we are so proud to associate our organization with this great airline.**
To tip-off the new partnership, Southwest debuted a new video highlighting the airlines* arrival to Bankers Life Fieldhouse with Boomer arriving into Indianapolis* International Airport. The video also features some of the nearly 200 locally-based Southwest Employees.
As the Official Airline of the Pacers, Southwest will have a branding presence at Bankers Life Fieldhouse including in-arena advertisements and digital/broadcast features. The carrier also partners with Fox Sports Indiana during broadcasts of Pacers games.
Southwest began service to Indianapolis more than 25 years ago and offers nearly 40 daily nonstop flights to 17 destinations including top business destinations like Washington Reagan (DCA), Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago Midway, and Dallas Love Field.