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The Civic 50 Names Southwest Airlines In Top 20 Of Most Community-Minded Companies In America

   The Civic 50 Names Southwest Airlines In Top 20 Of Most Community-Minded
                             Companies In America

PR Newswire

DALLAS, Nov. 9, 2012

DALLAS, Nov. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Civic 50 today revealed the companies
who ranked in its national initiative to survey, rank, and recognize America's
S&P 500 most community-minded companies, naming Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV)
in the top 20 for demonstrating a strong commitment to corporate civic
engagement in the communities where Southwest does business. A partnership
among Bloomberg News, the National Conference on Citizenship, and Points of
Light, the Civic 50 survey is the first to scientifically measure corporate
civic behavior. The initiative fills a notable gap in existing research and
creates a roadmap for businesses seeking to become better stewards of their
community. To view the complete Civic 50 list, visit Businessweek's web site.

"At Southwest, we consider citizenship an extension of our mission and
longstanding history to do the right thing for our People, our Communities,
and our Planet, while maintaining our commitment to sustaining a strong
business model," said Ginger Hardage, Senior Vice President of Culture &
Communications at Southwest Airlines. "Southwest wants to continue providing
our Legendary Customer Service for many years to come, and building meaningful
relationships in our communities is essential to that goal."

Since Southwest's beginnings more than 40 years ago, the LUV airline has
always approached business differently—instituting the ten-minute turn,
democratizing the skies with affordable air travel, delivering Legendary
Customer Service—the list goes on and on.One thing that has remained constant
since Southwest took to the skies four decades ago is doing the right thing
and focusing on the triple bottom line of Performance, People, and Planet.

ABOUT SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.

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 southwest.com/citizenship
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 southwest.com.

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 airtran.com and exchange earned loyalty points between
both AirTran's A+ Rewards® and Southwest's Rapid Rewards® for reward travel on
either airline.

www.southwest.com

SOURCE Southwest Airlines

Website: http://www.southwest.com
Contact: Media, +1-214-792-4847
 
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