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Southwest Airlines And AirTran Airways Begin Connecting Networks



       Southwest Airlines And AirTran Airways Begin Connecting Networks

Southwest and AirTran Offer Customers More Flight Options on a Single
Itinerary; Achieve Another Important Milestone in the Ongoing Integration

PR Newswire

DALLAS, Feb. 14, 2013

DALLAS, Feb. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Luv is in the air! Southwest Airlines
(NYSE: LUV) announced today that it is taking the next step in its marriage
with subsidiary, AirTran Airways. Customers are now able to purchase a growing
number of itineraries between the Southwest and AirTran networks for travel on
a single itinerary. Soon, Customers will be able to book flights to any of the
airlines' combined 97 destinations, including international, in one
transaction.

"Connecting the networks is a priority in 2013 and a major milestone as we
work to combine our two Companies," said Bob Jordan, Chief Commercial Officer
at Southwest Airlines and President of AirTran.  "With a connected network, we
can offer Customers more itineraries, more destinations, more low fares, and a
taste of what's to come once the integration is complete." 

Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways took the first step in connecting their
networks on Jan. 26, 2013, by offering a small number of shared itineraries in
five markets.  The initial phase was successful, and the airlines are prepared
to launch in 39 cities on Feb. 25, 2013.  The airline is on pace to fully
connect the networks in April.

By connecting the Southwest and AirTran networks, Customers may:

  o Add one or more AirTran domestic flight segments to a Southwest itinerary,
    using Southwest booking channels (southwest.com, 1-800-IFLYSWA, travel
    agencies, Southwest's mobile site and apps, and Southwest Airlines ticket
    counters).
  o Book one or more Southwest flight segments connecting to an AirTran
    itinerary, using AirTran channels (airtran.com, 1-800-AIRTRAN, AirTran
    Airways ticket counters, and travel agencies).
  o Use all Southwest channels to book an AirTran-only domestic itinerary.
  o Add an international AirTran segment to a Southwest itinerary within a
    single reservation, through a Customer-friendly transfer of the
    transaction to AirTran channels for booking, purchase, and ticketing by
    AirTran.
  o Earn currency in either loyalty program no matter which carrier they fly.
    (The currency a Customer earns is determined by the carrier from which
    they buy their ticket, even if flying on a shared itinerary.)

As is standard with industry "code share" arrangements, the Marketing
Carrier's rules and policies apply to reservations and ticketing.  The
Operating Carrier's procedures apply to boarding, seating, and the onboard
experience. Southwest is making one exception: any itinerary with a Southwest
segment or that is purchased through a Southwest point-of-sale channel will
not have bag fees for the first or second checked bag (weight and size
restrictions apply). Customers can find specific details and answers to
frequently asked questions by visiting www.southwest.com.

Customers will continue to earn and redeem currency through the frequent flyer
loyalty programs of their Marketing Carrier, regardless of the Operating
Carrier they travel on.  Customers should be enrolled in both Southwest
Airlines Rapid Rewards and AirTran Airways A+ Rewards programs in order to
earn currency from whichever airline they purchase a ticket. Loyalty Members
also have the ability to transfer their currency between the two loyalty
programs. For more information about transferring loyalty currency, visit
www.rewardsfarther.com.

Southwest Airlines announced plans to acquire AirTran Airways on Sept. 27,
2010, an acquisition that significantly expanded Southwest Airlines' low-fare
service to more Customers in more domestic markets, creating hundreds of
additional low-fare itineraries for the traveling public.  Since Southwest
Airlines closed the deal to purchase AirTran Airways on May 2, 2011, Southwest
and AirTran Employees have worked hard to guarantee a thoughtful and smooth
integration process while providing the same high level of Customer Service
that Customers have come to expect. To date, Southwest Airlines has welcomed
29 percent of AirTran Employees to the Southwest Family, has converted 11
AirTran Airways 737-700 aircraft to the Southwest paint scheme and interior
configuration, and has transitioned five AirTran Airways-served cities into
Southwest Airlines operations. 

The process of a full integration of the AirTran Airways 737 fleet into the
Southwest Airlines fleet (i.e. paint scheme and interior configuration) and
transition to a single ticketing system is a large and complex process that is
expected to be completed by the end of 2014.  Southwest Airlines realized $142
million of net, annualized, pre-tax synergies during 2012, and expects to
achieve $400 million in 2013 (excluding acquisition and integration
expenses). 

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 40 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.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements with respect to the
Company's integration of AirTran and the connection of the Southwest and
AirTran networks.  Specific forward-looking statements include without
limitation statements related to (i) the expected customer benefits associated
with the connection of the Southwest and AirTran networks and the anticipated
timeline for implementation of network integration; (ii) the anticipated
timeline for full integration of the AirTran fleet into the Southwest fleet,
as well as for the transition to a single ticketing system; and (iii) the
expected benefits and costs associated with the integration generally. These
forward-looking statements are based on the Company's current intent,
expectations, and projections and are not guarantees of future performance. 
These statements involve risks, uncertainties, assumptions, and other factors
that are difficult to predict and that could cause actual results to vary
materially from those expressed in or indicated by them.  Factors include,
among others, (i) the Company's ability to timely and effectively implement,
transition, and maintain the necessary information technology systems and
infrastructure to support its integration of AirTran; (ii) the Company's
ability to timely and effectively prioritize its other initiatives and related
expenditures; (iii) the impact of the economy, fuel prices, and customer
demand on the Company's results operations and business decisions; and (iv)
other factors, as described in the Company's filings with the Securities and
Exchange Commission, including the detailed factors discussed under the
heading "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the
fiscal year ended December 31, 2012.

SOURCE Southwest Airlines

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