In 2024, Southwest Airlines celebrates its 10th anniversary as the official airline of the USS Midway Museum. In addition, since 2014, Southwest Airlines has also partnered with Midway to develop and maintain the Southwest Airlines Flight Academy Lab, which is an integral component of Midway’s education program. The airline is also a proud sponsor of Midway’s patriotic-themed special public events including Legacy Week, the July 4th viewing party, and the Veterans Day celebration.

Sharing a commitment to the San Diego community, Southwest Airlines and Midway work together to deliver memorable experiences that inspire, educate, and entertain museum visitors. In the Southwest Airlines Flight Academy Lab, students, scout troops, and youth programs learn the principles of flight on state-of-the-art flight simulators through Midway education programs like Operation Wing Scout, modeled after the original 1940s Girl Scouts program. And true to Southwest Airlines’ commitment to community, more than 120 Southwest Airlines employees volunteered on Midway earlier this year washing planes, repairing damage on the flight and hangar decks, and cleaning Midway exhibits and spaces.

“Southwest is dedicated to championing causes that matter most to the cities we serve which is why we are so proud to support the USS Midway Museum,” shared Kayla Valencia, Southwest Airlines’ corporate responsibility regional manager. “With strong patriotic roots and a clear desire to inspire and educate future generations, Midway has been an incredible partner for the past 10 years. We congratulate them on the big anniversary and look forward to the next 20 years of community impact.”

“Midway and Southwest Airlines are completely aligned in our objectives for guest experience, education, community outreach and commitment to service,” said Craig Fisher, Midway’s director of partnership marketing. “Southwest Airlines is a great example of civility and corporate caring.”

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