In its 46th year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other air carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by more than 50,000 Employees to more than 100 million Customers annually. Southwest operates more than 3,900 departures a day during peak travel season across a network of 98 destinations in the United States and seven additional countries, with service to three airports in Cuba expected to begin later this year, subject to government approvals.
From the underdog airline of four decades ago to the industry leader they are today, Southwest Airlines has consistently demonstrated dedication to veterans and military spouses. It starts with recruiting talented People who want more than a career—they want to join a cause. They actively seek military talent through recruitment efforts like career fairs and military job boards. They have been recognized as a front runner in their efforts to recruit and retain former and current members of the armed services and reserves by G.I. Jobs and CivilianJobs.com.
Southwest partners with ArmyPaYS, the Texas Veterans Commission, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, Organization of Black Aerospace Pilots, Women in Aviation, and Allies in Service to help veterans transition from military to meaningful employment.
Southwest cultivates relationships and develops People, and celebrates the nearly 6,900 military Employees (12.5 percent) in our workforce. Their Military Appreciation Program rewards Employees who serve.
They are proud of their 12 national sponsorships with military-focused nonprofits, chosen strategically to represent a variety of services to military personnel, veterans, and their families. We provide robust support through our Community Giving Boards and Tickets for Time (Employee volunteerism) programs. Military is our second-largest focus area of charitable contributions. In 2015, their total investment in military causes was more than $1M in cash and tickets. Employees volunteered 5,400 hours for veteran and military causes, allowing Southwest to donate 107 round trip tickets (equivalent of $42,800) to nonprofits focused on the military.
So while their colors may be red, yellow, and blue, the Southwest hearts beat for the red, white, and blue. Allies in Service is proud to partner with a military friendly company of this caliber!