On this day in 1971, Southwest Airlines began service from Dallas’ Love Field. The airline’s first flight came after three years of legal battles with rivals Braniff Airways, Continental Airlines, and Trans-Texas Airways that included a 1970 decision by the United States Supreme Court upholding Southwest’s right to fly.
Today, Braniff is gone, Trans-Texas Airways merged with Continental in 1982, and Continental merged with United eight years ago. Southwest remains a huge success story. Why?
The airline brought to life a new business model for low-cost carriers. It parlayed that into being one of the nation’s four largest airlines today.
Its business model is built around being the people’s airline.
And of course, anyone who’s ever flown Southwest has a fond story to tell about something funny said in flight by a member of the crew.
That’s how we feel at your Damage Prevention Councils of Texas. We want to be the people’s conduit to damage prevention. Put another way, we want to be your connection to safety.
Our Damage Prevention Managers are friendly and easy to get to know and work with in the field.
And like Southwest, we keep our message short, simple, and to the point: use 811 before you dig. Getting underground facilities flagged before digging reduces the chance of a line strike to less than one percent. Making the connection to 811 is fast, free and it’s the law. Dial us up at 811 or go online to 811 at the Texas811 Portal, here. The Texas811 one-call center is open 24/7/365.
And please remember to come visit your nearest Damage Prevention Council. You can find a list of meetings here.
This week there are TWO of our famous Mock Line Strike events, in Mesquite on June 19 and Fort Worth on June 21. More information is here.
Come see us!
Until next week, safe digging!