Two airplanes operated by AirTran Airways rest at the gates at the international airport which serves Atlanta. Photograph by FlyerTalk member LPDAL. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by LPDAL.

AirTran Airways A+ Rewards Program to End in November

If you are a member of the AirTran Airways A+ Rewards frequent flier loyalty program, get ready to bid farewell to it, as your account will be closed on Sunday, November 2, 2014. This should come as no surprise to you, as Gary C. Kelly — the chief executive officer and chairman of Southwest Airlines — announced during a “webcast” on December 20, 2013 that the operations of AirTran Airways will be 100 percent Southwest Airlines by the end of 2014, with Rapid Rewards being the surviving frequent flier loyalty program. I received the following e-mail message from AirTran Airways yesterday pertaining to its integration into Southwest Airlines…

Runway 18 at the international airport in Birmingham, Alabama is the vertical runway in the satellite image above, as it is due north and south in terms of direction. Imagery ©2014 TerraMetrics. Map data ©2014 courtesy of Google Maps.

Pilots of Two Airlines Not Allowed to Land Onto Shorter Runway 18 at Airport in Birmingham, Alabama

At least two airlines have reportedly instructed their pilots to no longer land aircraft onto Runway 18 at the international airport in Birmingham, Alabama due to safety concerns. A decision was implemented from officials at Southwest Airlines because…

This is the tail of the first Boeing 737-800 aircraft operated by Southwest Airlines. Photograph by FlyerTalk member expert7700. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by expert7700.

Earn Up to 2,500 Bonus Southwest Rapid Rewards Points For New Members

If you are not yet a member of the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards frequent flier loyalty program but were thinking about joining, you are in luck: you can earn up to 2,500 Rapid Rewards frequent flier loyalty program points when you complete the following steps…

Airplanes such as these operated by Southwest Airlines will start appearing at international destinations such as Aruba and the Bahamas. Photograph by FlyerTalk member zgscl. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by zgscl.

International Destinations Announced by Southwest Airlines

Oranjestad, Aruba; Nassau, Bahamas; and Montego Bay, Jamaica have been announced as the first international destinations served by Southwest Airlines effective as of July 1, 2014 — and you are now able to book reservations for these flights at the official Internet web site of Southwest Airlines. Some FlyerTalk members are especially excited that companion passes can now be used for international travel on flights operated by Southwest Airlines…but FlyerTalk member chuckworth posted that…

A Boeing 737 aircraft operated by Southwest Airlines — similar to the one which landed at the wrong airport in Missouri — takes off from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport during the early afternoon of Monday, October 7, 2013. Photograph ©2013 by Brian Cohen.

Southwest Airlines Aircraft Lands at Wrong Airport

The Boeing 737-700 aircraft which operated as Southwest Airlines flight 4013 and carried 124 passengers and five members of the flight crew from Midway Airport in Chicago landed safely at Taney County Airport in Missouri earlier this evening — which is also known as M. Graham Clark Downtown Airport — but the aircraft was supposed to land at Branson airport several miles away. Although the aircraft landed without incident, it reportedly stopped short just yards from the edge of a cliff just beyond the…

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