Southwest Airlines Announces New Chief Technology Officer

          Southwest Airlines Announces New Chief Technology Officer

PR Newswire

DALLAS, April 19, 2013

DALLAS, April 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Southwest Airlines today announced
Craig Maccubbin will join the airline as its new Chief Technology Officer
(CTO) and Vice President of Technology Operations, effective May 6, 2013. In
his new position, Maccubbin will be responsible for the Technology Operations
for the airline, which includes all current Infrastructure and Services areas
and Mobile Platform.

"I am thrilled to have a Leader of Craig's caliber and breadth of experience
on Technology's Senior Leadership Team as we power Southwest's future with
innovative and Customer-friendly solutions," said Southwest Airlines' Chief
Information Officer Randy Sloan. Maccubbin will report to Sloan.

Maccubbin most recently served as Vice President and CIO of Spirit Airlines,
where he was responsible for all information technology and systems. During
his career, Maccubbin has held various executive positions in the IT sector
across a broad range of industries, including aviation. As Vice President and
CTO of Zeta Interactive, a major digital marketing agency, he led product
development, infrastructure, professional services, and customer support and
delivery for several Fortune 500 Companies, including US Airways, Mattel, JP
Morgan Chase, Sony, Time, Inc., and Warner Music Group. He also served as Vice
President and CTO for Black Entertainment Television where he successfully led
the design and delivery of the world's largest African American vertical
portal. Previously, he also established a large consulting practice that was
focused on enterprise systems development for a variety of clients including
Nationwide Insurance, Verizon, Sprint, Mercedes-Benz and the U.S. Department
of Education.

As CTO, Maccubbin joins the Technology Leadership team and will oversee
approximately 500 Employees engaged in support of the airline's technology
agenda. His primary function is to support the day-to-day operational aspects
of running technology solutions for all of Southwest Airlines, including
operations of the airline's data centers. In addition, he will lead the
Quality Assurance function within Technology.


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 domestic 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 approach that takes into account the carrier's performance and
productivity, the importance of its People and the communities it serves, and
its commitment to efficiency and the planet. The 2011 Southwest Airlines One
Report™ can be found at

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, sustainable cabin interior. With 40 consecutive years
of profitability, the People of Southwest operate more than 3,200 flights a
day and serve communities around 79 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 53 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

Contact: Public Relations at (214) 792-4847
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