Southwest Airlines Honored As One Of The 2013 Top 100 Military Friendly Employers By G.I. Jobs

   Southwest Airlines Honored As One Of The 2013 Top 100 Military Friendly
                            Employers By G.I. Jobs

The Carrier is Ranked Among the Best Military Employers for the Fourth
Consecutive Year

PR Newswire

DALLAS, Nov. 8, 2012

DALLAS, Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) today
announced that it has been designated a 2013 Top 100 Military Friendly
Employer® by G.I. Jobs. This marks the fourth year the Company has been
included in the Top 100 Military Friendly Employers® list, which was compiled
from a data-driven survey sample of 5,000 companies whose annual revenues
exceeded $500 million. Criteria for selection to the Top 100 list included the
strength of Company military recruiting efforts, the percentage of new hires
with prior military service, retention programs, and company policies on
National Guard and Reserve service.

"Southwest Airlines is committed to serving our Country, our Customers, and
our fellow Employees with a Warrior Spirit and Servant's Heart—the same values
of those who have so bravely served in the Armed Forces," said Jeff Lamb,
Southwest Airlines' Executive Vice President, Chief People and Administration
Officer. "Our Employees are our competitive advantage, and we salute all of
our Employees, but especially those who have served, for their dedication to
Southwest and helping us remain the most successful airline in the history of

Southwest Airlines currently employs more than 5,000 Veterans who serve in the
National Guard and Reserves. Southwest Airlines' Company profile, including
open positions that are a fit for military personnel, can be found on honor its Employees and Customers who are currently
serving or have served in the armed forces, Southwest Airlines is celebrating
"Military Heroes Month" in November to show support for Veterans and Service
Members across the nation. By working with multiple nonprofit organizations
throughout the month, the airline is saying thank you by giving back and
helping to raise money to support Military Service Members and their families.
Here's a look at how Southwest is honoring Military Heroes:

Nov. 9-11 | A Million Thanks, We LUV Our Troops Customer Card Campaign,
In honor of Veterans Day, Southwest is distributing Support Our Troops cards
and patriotic heart decor to all Inflight bases for Flight Attendants to share
with Customers and give them the opportunity to say thanks as they travel to
their destination. These cards will be sent to the nonprofit organization "A
Million Thanks" who will distribute them to Troops serving across the world.

Nov. 9-12 | Operation Freedom Bird, Welcome Home Celebration, Washington, D.C.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Operation Freedom Bird (OFB), which
provides a unique healing journey to Arizona's combat Veterans of all wars.
Approximately 50 Veterans have been selected to participate in a four-day
healing journey on Veterans Day and visit the War Memorials in Washington,
D.C. Southwest Airlines has supported OFB with travel and a celebration of
their return home for more than a decade.

Nov. 11 | Veterans Day Parade, New York City
Southwest Airlines is honoring nine Navajo Code Talkers for their heroic work
during World War II by providing complimentary travel to attend the New York
City Veterans Day Parade.

Nov. 12 | Veterans Day Parade, Dallas, Texas
Southwest Airlines is sponsoring and volunteering at the Dallas Veterans Day
Parade to celebrate those who safeguard our country and say thank you to those
who served or are serving.

Nov. 14-15 | Veterans Day Tour with the Texas Rangers Baseball Club,
Washington, D.C.
Southwest Airlines and the Texas Rangers Baseball Club will take recent
Military Veterans and their families to Washington, D.C., for a Veterans Day

Now in its 10th year, the Top 100 Military Friendly Employers® list is the
premier resource for transitioning service members and spouses seeking
civilian employment. The survey results that determined the 2013 list were
independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and
methodology established by G.I. Jobs. Each year companies taking the survey
are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology,
criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Advisory Board
consisting of leaders in the military recruitment community. A full list of
board members can be found at


In its 42^nd year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV)
continues to differentiate itself from other carriers with exemplary Customer
Service delivered by nearly 46,000 Employees to more than 100 million
Customers annually. Southwest is the nation's largest carrier in terms of
originating passengers boarded, and including wholly-owned subsidiary, AirTran
Airways, operates the largest fleet of Boeing aircraft in the world to serve
97 destinations in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of
Puerto Rico, and six near-international countries. Southwest is one of the
most honored airlines in the world, known for its commitment to the triple
bottom line of Performance, People and Planet. To read about how Southwest is
doing its part to be a good corporate citizen, visit
to read the Southwest Airlines One Report™.

Southwest Airlines

From its first flights on June 18, 1971, Southwest Airlines launched an era of
unprecedented affordability in air travel quantified by the U.S. Department of
Transportation as "The Southwest Effect," a lowering of fares and increase in
passenger traffic wherever the carrier serves. On every flight, Southwest
offers Customers the first two pieces of checked luggage (weight and size
limitations apply) and all ticket changes without additional fees. Southwest's
all Boeing fleet consistently offers leather seating and the comfort of
full-size cabins, many of which are equipped with satellite-based WiFi
connectivity and a new, eco-friendly cabin interior. With 39 consecutive
years of profitability, the People of Southwest operate more than 3,100
flights a day and serve communities around 78 airports in Southwest's network
of domestic destinations. Southwest Airlines' frequent flights and low fares
are available only at

AirTran Airways

AirTran Airways, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Southwest Airlines Co., offers
coast-to-coast and near-international service with close to 600 flights a day
to 54 destinations. The carrier's high-quality product includes assigned
seating and Business Class. As Southwest continues to integrate AirTran's
People, places, and planes into Southwest Airlines, Customers of both carriers
may book flights at and exchange earned loyalty points between
both AirTran's A+ Rewards® and Southwest's Rapid Rewards® for reward travel on
either airline.

SOURCE Southwest Airlines

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