As official airline of the USS Midway Museum, Southwest Airlines supports the museum in many different ways. From lending its name to the Southwest Airlines Flight Academy Lab, to the sponsorship of Midway’s patriotic-themed events including Legacy Week, the July 4th Family Celebration, and Midway’s Veterans Day Celebration, the dual commitment Southwest Airlines and Midway has to the San Diego community is readily apparent.

Midway’s mission is to inspire, educate, and entertain visitors. Southwest Airlines partners with the museum to bolster their focus of delivering meaningful and memorable experiences for visitors. For example, in the Southwest Airlines Flight Academy Lab, students learn the principles of flight and use state-of-the-art flight simulators during youth education and overnight programs. The programs include Operation Wing Scout, modeled after the original 1940s Girl Scout program. 

“Midway and Southwest Airlines are completely aligned in our objectives for guest experience and our commitment to service and the San Diego community,” said Craig Fisher, Midway’s director of partnership marketing. “Southwest Airlines also leads by example when it comes to civility, corporate kindness, and caring.’”

“Patriotism runs deep at Southwest which is one of many reasons it’s been such an honor to support the work of the Midway,” shared Kayla Valencia, community outreach regional manager, at Southwest Airlines. “The impact of the education and workforce development programs can be seen firsthand in the San Diego community and beyond. This is yet another reason we love partnering with this institution. Whether in the air or on the ground, we believe community is more than a place, it’s at the heart of what brings us together.”

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