Southwest Airline Jobs are Quality Jobs

If you’re thinking about Southwest airline jobs, you could become a flight attendant with more than 35000 colleagues who work for that company.

In fact the employees state that if you are looking to build a great career with the best airline in the industry, you have come to the right place.

You’ll join an airline that has been around a long time - (June 18, 1971 in fact) ,and who have always strived to provide a fun environment (if not slightly crazy) for all to work in.

Back in 1967, the Co-founders of Southwest got together to discuss the idea of creating an airline that would provide the ‘Freedom to Fly America.’ One of those co-founders Rollin King sketched out the idea on a cocktail napkin and when finished Herb Kelleher told him, “Rollin, you’re crazy. Let’s do it”!

Now if you understand the ethos that goes with the statements and attitudes of the co-founders then you’ll understand why Southwest Airline jobs are sought after.

Particularly flight attendant jobs when you take a 1min 44 second view of the following clip.

Let me first explain…

Safety demonstrations are notoriously boring. We also know that most passengers don’t really take notice of what is said in a safety PA and many flight attendants can become a little robotic about this ‘must do’ duty because they’ve heard and done it a 1000 times.

How would you like to work in this environment where, “Creative announcements, constant smiles, and topnotch Customer Service are just a few ingredients that factor into being a Southwest airline flight attendant?”

This clip is an introduction to some of the fun that some Southwest airline jobs offer from one of their reasonably new flight attendants, David Holmes.

A rapping flight attendant has become a Youtube sensation. He's turning the usual dry announcements into the highlight of the trip. Jocelyn Pierce caught up with him at LAX.  

Southwest Airlines jobs rap...

As I write this, Southwest is the United States’ most successful low-fare, high frequency, point-to-point carrier if the statistics and publicity spin doctors can be believed. However, while we might argue the finer details, Southwest is still a large ongoing concern and operates more than 3,200 flights a day which means that as a flight attendant you’ll also get to see a lot of the USA.

Southwest Airline flies far beyond the southwestern states in the USA and like any progressive company new routes will come on if they are profitable whiles others are dropped from the schedule, however you’ll find that opportunities for Southwest airline jobs are spread far and wide. 

In fact you’ll find Southwest airline jobs in:

  • Almost three dozen states.
  • From Seattle to Florida, and from Vermont to Texas to California.

Other in-flight opportunities include:

  • Supervisor
  • Training
  • Scheduling
  • Planning
  • Payroll/Administration

Base Locations are: Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Oakland, Chicago, Baltimore, and Orlando

NOTE: Additional routes are being added regularly.

“Its focus cities include Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Oakland, Orlando, Phoenix, San Diego, and San Jose.”

Southwest Airlines jobs

All Southwest flights take place on just one type of plane:  the Boeing 737.  At this time the 737 is Boeing's only narrow-body, single-aisle aircraft, but this jetliner is in great demand!  It has been in uninterrupted production since its launch in 1967, and available models seat from 122 to 137 passengers.  Twelve times a minute, a Boeing 737 departs or lands at an airport somewhere in the world, and there's a good likelihood that it's flying with Southwest's warm red and blue colors. 

Southwest began as a low-cost alternative airline known as Air Southwest in 1971 serving just three Texas cities-Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.  As of 2009 Southwest ranks third among commercial airliners worldwide.  By number of passengers carried per year -with about 86 million passengers in 2009- it ranks number one.

That interesting commercial position can generate even more Southwest airline jobs in the near future.

You'll find that their Mission Statement promises "dedication to the highest quality of Customer Service delivered with a sense of warmth, friendliness, individual pride, and Company Spirit."  Southwest's slogan is "Southwest Cares," and the company's corporate culture includes "doing the right thing" every day in order to earn its customers' hard-won dollars.

Southwest recommends traveling to Mexico via Volaris, although the two  airlines maintain separate ticketing, flight operations, and reservations.  If you're flying to Canada, Southwest recommends passengers travel with WestJet, although the same separation of the companies' policies and operations applies.  Southwest also recommends a "Cruise of the Week," usually something offered by Carnival Cruise Lines. 

Southwest Airline also offers Rapid Rewards for its customers.  It's possible for them to earn a free standard flight just by taking eight flights within a 24-month period. 

Southwest partners with several premium car rental services and hotel chains to boost members' reward totals. 

Members can also utilize Teleflora services or search for a Rapid Rewards dining restaurant in the city where they live or visit. 

Drilling Down to Southwest Airline Jobs

When you enter Southwest's Careers portal, (the place to look for Southwest airline jobs) you'll see a statement from Gary Kelly, its CEO:   "Our People are our single greatest strength and our most enduring longtime competitive advantage."  Employees are advocated to demonstrate a warrior's spirit, a servant's heart, and a fun-LUVing attitude. 

The LUV spelling references the company's first home at Love Field, which was later identified on the stock exchange as LUV.

Those employed in Southwest airline jobs receive fantastic benefits which they call "freedoms."

They have 8 ‘Freedoms’ which are:

  • The freedom to enjoy good health, with medical, dental, vision, and life insurance available. Just as the airline keeps ticket prices low for customers, this company keeps benefits affordable for employees.
  • Optional disability insurance.
  • Child- or eldercare referrals.
  • Employee Assistance Program, including mental health and chemical dependency programs.
  • Financial freedom, including profit sharing, retirement, and stock purchase plans.
  • The freedom to travel, mostly free except for applicable taxes for all immediate family members including spouses, partners, parents, and children.
  • Employees can earn Buddy Passes for friends or relatives not covered by the immediate-family travel benefit.
  • The freedom to grow, with personal development training programs.

If your are looking for southwest airline jobs, you can learn more about the company on its website's Fact Sheet.  Some of the interesting tidbits follow, and the link is

  • In 2009, over 80% of passengers booked their flights online.
  • Flights average 639 miles and take just under two hours.
  • Southwest is a Fortune 500 company.
  • 83% of its employees are unionized.

Another Southwest airline jobs benefit can be that Southwest Airline is also a ‘Green eco focused’ airline and its steps toward its sustainability vision include:

  • Maximizing fuel efficiency.
  • Adding blended winglets to existing planes and purchasing new planes with these fuel efficiency devices already installed.
  • Requiring suppliers to adhere to its own cultural and environmental standards.
  • Working toward supplier diversity by honoring women's, veterans, gay and lesbian, minority, and small business enterprises.
  • Recycling and reusing whenever possible.

A relevant Southwest Airline Jobs aspect is that this company is an equal opportunity employer.  Link


Are you Nuts about Southwest yet?  This sums the company up in a nutshell:

  • Southwest services 68 cities in 35 states.
  • Its top ten cities are Las Vegas, Chicago (Midway), Phoenix, Baltimore/Washington, Houston (Hobby), Dallas (Love Field), Denver, Los Angeles (LAX), Oakland, and Orlando.
  • Over 86 million passengers fly on Southwest last year.
  • Southwest employs over 35,000 positions company-wide.
  • The company's roots are based in great customer service at a low cost, and almost 40 years into its operations those objectives are still paramount.

Southwest Airline jobs are in reach? Can you imagine yourself wearing the Southwest colors as a flight attendant? 

Then you are not alone because in total, Southwest received 90,043 resumes in 2009 and hired some 831 new employees from those resumes received. Percentage wise that’s very low and while Southwest airline jobs are obviously hard to get, it just means that you will need to be outstanding at your interview to join what must be a most privileged job position.

Visit now to see if there are current Southwest airline jobs that interest you:

If you want to be a co-worker to rapping flight attendant David Holmes and you’d like more help, you might want to Discover the AIRLINES Be a Flight Attendant today program

Personally I think Southwest airline jobs are definitely worth looking into and becoming a flight attendant in a company that strives to provide a work place that everyone wants to work in would be a whole lot of fun.

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