Southwest Airlines Celebrates 50th with Gift of 50,000 Award Points to its 50,000+ Employees

By Kurt Stolz on 19 June 2021
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Southwest Airlines celebrated its 50th anniversary Friday by giving its employees 50,000 Rapid Reward Points each as well as unveiling a special livery on one of its 737 aircraft.

As of 2020, the company had almost 58,000 employees according to official records.

“Southwest revolutionized the travel industry since our very first flight on June 18, 1971 – a time when less than 15% of Americans ever had traveled by air,” said the airline’s CEO, Gary Kelly.

The aircraft, dubbed Freedom One, is a Boeing 737-800 with 13 red-and-white strips and 50 stars on a blue background meant to evoke the U.S. flag.

The company said that the livery is meant to gratitude “to those that have served and are currently serving” in the nation’s armed forces.  Southwest has 7,400 military veterans working for the company.

The Rapid Reward points will be deposited into employee accounts later this year

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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