Southwest Airlines is proud to be a part of one of the most heart-warming, positive shows on television, ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. In our seven years as a partner, we’ve done everything from shipping the Designers’ hard-to-find items through our Cargo department, helping design an authentic “airplane room” for a boy who loved aviation, sending a bunch of Employees to New Orleans to help rebuild a community center, and unloading canned goods for a mother whose passion was feeding the hungry. But, our next integration may be the most unique of them all!
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition called us to ask if we could help them with a FUN project. I can’t give away too much, but let’s just say they asked for “part” of something that flies in the sky. The part needed to be 20 feet long and curved. I called my friends over in Maintenance & Engineering, thinking this was long shot – I expected them to laugh and just say no. Fortunately, Southwest is a Company that likes to say yes, and we just happened to have an aircraft retiring that was about to be sent out to be scrapped and recycled. We were able to help make this Designers dream and a family’s dreams come true. It took a lot of coordination from several departments, but the 20-foot part was strapped onto a flatbed truck for its 24-hour journey and made it to its location in time for the build. It took a week to build and a crane to lift, and you won’t believe how they used the Southwest part. Well, I guess you will have to tune in to ABC on Feb. 13, to find out! We can’t spill the beans, but the house is ready for takeoff!