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Southwest Airlines and Its Flight Dispatchers Extend Contract Through November 2015

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Southwest Airlines and the Transport Workers Union (TWU) 550, representing the carrier's 250 Flight Dispatchers, have agreed to amend their collective bargaining agreement, extending their current agreement through November 2015. The contract was previously amendable in November 2014. The Contract, ratified last week, provides opportunities for continued bonuses that are tied to the performance of the Flight Dispatchers and the Company.

"I am extremely proud of both negotiation teams and their dedication to accomplishing this important task," said Mike Ryan, Vice President Labor Relations. "This agreement represents hours of hard work and I’m pleased to say it is mutually beneficial for our hard-working Flight Dispatchers and the Company."

FAA-licensed Flight Dispatchers are directly responsible for the conduct of flight operations and the dispatch, clearance, and movement of all Company aircraft. Dispatchers are often referred to as the heart of the organization, working around the clock to keep the airline running seamlessly and ontime.

In its 43rd year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by nearly 45,000 Employees to more than 100 million Customers annually. Southwest is the nation's largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded and operates the largest fleet of Boeing aircraft in the world to serve 96 destinations in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and five near-international countries via wholly owned subsidiary, AirTran Airways. Southwest is one of the most honored airlines in the world, known for its triple bottom line approach that takes into account the carrier's performance and productivity, the importance of its People and the communities it serves, and its commitment to efficiency and the planet. The 2012 Southwest Airlines One Report™ can be found at

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