The Mayor of San Antonio finally got caught holding the bags. (Of peanuts and pretzels, that is!) And here’s the evidence! We presented Mayor Julián Castro with those small tokens of appreciation after he read a formal proclamation to Southwest Airlines Employees from SAT and DAL. And all this took place in the solemn chambers of the San Antonio City Hall.
At an official recognition ceremony this week, Mayor Castro presented Southwest Airlines Leaders with a proclamation commemorating our 40th anniversary. While he cannot state that we are the official airline of the City of San Antonio, he said that we are surely the City’s “hometown carrier”!
This milestone proclamation was lead by Councilman Reed Williams—another great public servant—who championed the idea of recognizing our Company with this Proclamation. At the ceremony, he commended us for enduring so much adversity when we started out and also thanked the Company for investing in the City both at the airport and with our Customer Support Center. Then, Councilman Ray Lopez also expressed his congratulations, recognizing our Legendary Customer service and remarkable operations.
As you may know, San Antonio is where the famous Texas triangle was first drawn on a cocktail napkin in the bar at the St. Anthony Hotel. While I don’t know for certain, I suspect that it could have been smudged with the scent of Wild Turkey!
Although we didn’t make it to the St. Anthony to celebrate this week, we did enjoy a celebratory toast as we looked out over the Riverwalk instead, thanks to Rusty Arnold, our SAT Station Leader. Our group shared stories and enjoyed some good food and libations, but unlike 40 years ago, our cocktail napkins seemed to have a trace smell of tequila!
Happy 40th, everyone! And, as Mayor Castro said, “We hope to see at least another 40 years!”
It was a fabulous day for our People to participate in another great milestone.