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Southwest Airlines and SeaWorld part ways, Shamu airplanes to be repainted

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) and SeaWorld have issued this joint statement:

“Southwest and SeaWorld have mutually decided not to renew their partnership when the contract expires at the end of the year. Our promotional marketing relationship began in 1988 and was one of the first of its kind – focused on co-marketing opportunities between Southwest passengers and SeaWorld visitors.

The companies decided not to renew the contract based on shifting priorities. Southwest is spreading its wings with new international service, and increased focus on local market efforts. With an increasing international visitor base, SeaWorld is looking to focus on new and growing markets in Latin America and Asia, among others.

The companies will continue to work together through Southwest Vacations. Southwest’s three specialty airplanes will return to the company’s traditional livery.

Southwest and SeaWorld have enjoyed their long relationship, and wish each other continued success.”

Southwest and SeaWorld have both been coming under a lot of public pressure on change.org in the form of a public petition calling for Southwest to separate itself from SeaWorld in the wake of the documentary Blackfish movie which criticized SeaWorld’s on-going procedures concerning the capture, training and containment of its orca whales. The death of a SeaWorld female trainer by an orca in captivity also spurred the release of the movie.

Read the petition: CLICK HERE

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SeaWorld responded to the movie Blackfish with this statement: CLICK HERE

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. The three remaining Shamu specially painted Boeing 737s will be repainted. Boeing 737-7H4 N713SW (msn 27847) arrives in Los Angeles.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. The colorful “Penguin One” will also be erased.

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Southwest Airlines announces new routes from Dallas’ Love Field

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) today announced the airline will offer new nonstop service to domestic destinations from its Dallas Love Field base following the repeal of flight restrictions imposed in 1979 limiting the reach of Dallas’ most convenient airport.

Southwest will begin serving five new nonstop destinations on October 13, 2014 followed by ten additional new nonstop destinations on November 2, 2014. The addition of these 15 new nonstop destinations will bring Southwest to a total of 31 nonstop destinations from Love Field.

“The official repeal of Wright Amendment federal flight restrictions signifies a turning point for the Southwest brand not just in Dallas, but from coast-to-coast,” said Gary Kelly, Southwest Airlines Chairman, President, and CEO. “We are pleased to offer this new service to the Customers of our home airport, who have waited 34 long years, and we thank the many, many folks who made this opportunity a reality.  Goodbye, Wright Amendment. Hello, America!”

Beginning October 13, 2014, Southwest Airlines will launch nonstop service from Dallas Love Field to:

  • Baltimore/Washington (BWI)
  • Denver
  • Las Vegas
  • Orlando
  • Chicago Midway


Beginning November 2, 2014, Southwest Airlines will launch nonstop service from Dallas Love Field to:

  • Atlanta
  • Nashville
  • Washington, D.C. (Reagan National)
  • Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood
  • Los Angeles (LAX)
  • New York (LaGuardia)
  • Phoenix
  • San Diego
  • Orange County/Santa Ana
  • Tampa

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and former U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison today joined Kelly and Southwest Employees at a news conference to celebrate the momentous occasion.

The Wright Amendment, and its subsequent revisions, limit Southwest Airlines’ current nonstop all jet service from Dallas Love Field to nine states including Texas.  The repeal of the federal law rewrites the map by allowing Southwest to potentially serve an additional 41 states and the District of Columbia(Reagan National airport) from Love Field.

In May, the airline will announce the specific flight schedules and fares for the sale of the new service.

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-7H4 N715SW (msn 27849) dressed in the Shamu design of SeaWorld Adventure Parks, arrives in Las Vegas.

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Southwest Airlines launches Pittsburgh-Houston Hobby flights, arrives in San Juan

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) has launched a new route from Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) to William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) in Houston.

The PIT-HOU schedule will include one flight daily.  Monday through Friday, it will depart PIT at 11:50 a.m., arriving HOU at 2:00. p.m. Saturdays it will depart PIT at 9:15 a.m. and on Sunday depart PIT at 12:00 p.m. Returning from HOU to PIT:  Sunday through Friday, the flight will depart HOU at 1:35 p.m. and arrive at PIT 5:35 p.m. Saturday, it departs HOU at 10:35 a.m. and arrives at PIT 2:29 p.m.

Southwest launched inaugural service to five cities on Sunday, April 14, 2013—the most cities the airline has ever opened in one day. Southwest, America’s largest airline in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded, is expanding its footprint as part of the ongoing integration of its wholly-owned subsidiary, AirTran Airways.

As of April 14, 2013, Southwest Airlines Offers New Nonstop Service between:

  • Charlotte and Baltimore/Washington, Chicago (Midway), Houston (Hobby), and Orlando
  • Flint and Baltimore/Washington, Orlando, and Tampa Bay
  • Portland, Maine and Baltimore/Washington
  • Rochester and Baltimore/Washington, Chicago (Midway), Orlando, and Tampa Bay
  • San Juan and Orlando and Tampa Bay.

AirTran ceased service in Charlotte, Flint, Portland (Maine), and Rochester on April 13, 2013. AirTran will continue to offer service between San Juan and Baltimore/Washington, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, and Atlanta.  Southwest previously announced that the carrier will assume AirTran’s San Juan service to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood on Sept. 29, 2013.

Video: Southwest finally arrives in San Juan:

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck. Boeing 737-7H4 WL N713SW (msn 27847) in the SeaWorld Adventure Park-Shamu special livery arrives at Baltimore/Washington (BWI).

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Southwest to add additional Florida service for winter-spring season

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) is adding new seasonal nonstops in several Florida markets.

Effective from February 15 to April 13, 2013 the airline will be bringing back daily roundtrip nonstops between Orlando and Oklahoma City (last flown since 2008!). WN is also adding new nonstop service between Orlando and Little Rock.  Southwest will also be adding a third daily nonstop roundtrip between Tampa and both Columbus, Ohio and St. Louis.

From March 10 through April 13, 2013 WN will be adding a second flight  between Louisville and Tampa and between Kansas City and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood.  The airline will also add a fourth daily roundtrip between St. Louis and Tampa.

Copyright Photo: Boeing 737-3H4 N334SW (msn 23938) taxies to the runway at Los Angeles International Airport.

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TWU Local 555 at Chicago Midway: Southwest wants to outsource some of our ramp work

Southwest Airlines‘ (Dallas) ramp workers at its Chicago (Midway) hub, represented by the Transport Workers Union (TWU), handed out leaflets yesterday (June 19) to passengers at MDW to explain their side in the continuing contract negotiations with the company that began in July 2011 but so far have resulted in little progress according to this article by CBS News.

TWU says Southwest wants the contract authority to replace up to 20 percent of the TWU workers with contract workers provided by (lower cost) independent contractors.

Is the beginning of the end of friendly labor relations at Southwest?

Read the full article: CLICK HERE

In other news, Southwest has begun retiring its 25 Boeing 737-500s (the first two – 513 and 519 have been retired).

Copyright Photo: Roy Lock.

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Southwest shakes things up with fares as low as $25

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) is shaking things up with a 72-hour sale with air fares as low as $25 one-way to stimulate bookings.

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Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough.

The SeaWorld (Shamu)-adorned Boeing 737-7H4 N715SW (msn 27849) arrives at the Baltimore/Washington hub.

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