Southwest Airlines Adopt-A-Pilot® Volunteer Program Takes Off In Schools Nationwide Inspiring More Than 412,000 Students Since

   Southwest Airlines Adopt-A-Pilot® Volunteer Program Takes Off In Schools
  Nationwide Inspiring More Than 412,000 Students Since Program's Inception

PR Newswire

DALLAS, Feb. 27, 2013

DALLAS, Feb. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) today
announced the official kickoff of its award-winning Adopt-A-Pilot® program
where thousands of fifth-grade students "adopt" Southwest Airlines and AirTran
Airways Pilots. Through this unique volunteer program, Pilots commit their
resources and time from February through May to educate students through
aviation-themed activities related to math, science, and other core subjects
as well as inspire them to stay in school, set goals, and dream big dreams for
the future. Now in its 16^th year, more than 900 Pilots are visiting and
inspiring students across the country.

"We hear countless stories from participating Pilots about how much they get
back personally by helping students learn and inspiring them to dream big
dreams," said Chuck Magill, Southwest Airlines Vice President of Flight
Operations. "We may be an airline, but we also do extraordinary work on the
ground. The Adopt-A-Pilot® program is a prime example of our dedication to
community and commitment to bringing future leaders unique learning

During the four-week long curriculum, Pilots volunteer their time in
participating classrooms and correspond from the "road" via e-mail and
postcards. Beyond the program's core mentorship and curriculum-based
activities, participating Pilots often take it one step further and seek
mentors for their students. To learn more about the Adopt-A-Pilot program,
visit the NUTS About Southwest blog. To watch a video highlighting how one
Pilot took his student's dream on the dance floor to 30,000 feet, please visit 

Created in 1997, Adopt-A-Pilot® started as a community outreach program in
just 50 classrooms in Southwest's destination cities, and has grown to reach
more than 412,000 students nationwide. Southwest Airlines developed the
program in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Education and the
Smithsonian Institution of National Air and Space Museum. National leaders
such as Gen. Colin Powell, President Bill Clinton, and First Lady Laura Bush
have recognized the excellence that the Adopt-A-Pilot program offers students.

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 triple bottom line thinking
that takes into account the carrier's performance and productivity, the
importance of the People who work there and the communities it serves, and its
commitment to efficiency and the Planet. The 2011 Southwest Airlines One
Report™ can be found at

SOURCE Southwest Airlines

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