Doing our part—it’s important for Southwest Airlines to be a good neighbor in not only the communities we currently serve, but where our canyon blue planes will soon touch down for the first time. March will be a busy month for Southwest as we open three new cities—Greenville/Spartanburg (GSP) and Charleston (CHS) on March 13, and Newark (EWR) on March 27. On top of the fun festivities and community events planned to celebrate our entrance into these communities, we’ll also do our part on the ground to open these cities with brand new electric ground support equipment (GSE) on Day One.
Over the past decade, we have focused our efforts on converting our diesel GSE fleet to environmentally-friendly electric-powered equipment. These modifications curb greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. Mother Earth thanks us for reducing our carbon footprint through fuel savings and emissions reduction. And, because environmentally responsible decisions make good business sense, these conversions not only position Southwest as a sustainable innovator in GSE, but also contributed to saving Southwest millions of dollars in new equipment costs.
With an industry-leading electric GSE program, we’re excited to continue operating with our green filter to open GSP, CHS, EWR, and any future new cities with this technology on Day One to improve air quality and conserve energy.
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