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Safety instructions onboard Southwest Airlines' new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft (Photo: Joe Pesek)

What It’s Like to Fly Onboard Southwest’s New Boeing 737 MAX 8

“My name is Gary Kelly, and I am an employee here at Southwest Airlines.” This was the unique start that Southwest’s CEO, Gary Kelly, had to say when his team opened the door for the first flight of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 operated by a U.S-based airline. The comment may have gotten some chuckles from the group of AvGeeks boarding the airplane, but employees instantly stood proudly as if this wasn’t just a new aircraft, but a tenacious group…

The Near Death and Resurgence of St. Louis International Airport

Airline hubs are generally not the kind of place that change much in terms of service. In the United States, given the last decade of consolidation among airlines, most hub airports will likely stay hubs for their respective airlines for years to come, with only growth or minor downsizing as…

Southwest Drops Two of Three Cuba Routes

From September 4, 2017, Southwest Airlines will end service to two of the three cities the airline flies to in Cuba. The airline currently serves Varadero and Santa Clara once daily from Ft. Lauderdale and Havana three times daily, twice from Ft. Lauderdale and once from Tampa. Southwest initially began…

Southwest Hopes to Bring The ‘LUV’ to HawaiI

On Wednesday, Southwest Airlines' CEO Gary Kelly addressed airline shareholders at its annual meeting in Phoenix. At the meeting, Kelly addressed various goals and the growth plan for Southwest going forward. One of the key points was the airline's future growth and possible expansion to Hawaii. The island state is…

Houston Hobby Celebrates One Year of International Travel

October marked the one year anniversary of international travel from Houston’s William P. Hobby Airport (HOU). The 156 million dollar international concourse has won the respect of industry leaders as well as its many passengers. The new facility features five gates, a Federal Inspection Station (FIS), a new Southwest ticketing hall,…

BRIEF: Southwest Airlines Unveils Missouri One Livery

On Wednesday, Southwest Airlines revealed “Missouri One,” a tribute to the “Show-Me State” for 30 years of service. "Kansas City and St. Louis have been vital cities in our network for more than 30 years," founder Gary Kelly said to an enthusiastic crowd. "I couldn't think of a better way…

The AvGeek Passion: A Look Into the Eyes of an…

Everyone has something that drives them along. It’s a passion, whether it’s hidden deep inside of a person or is already in action. For some, aviation lives in their heart. These certain people have usually been involved in the flying industry for quite sometime. Most of the time, since childhood.…