Southwest Airways is thought for its enjoyable, memorable, and Instagrammable moments at their gate and on their planes.
There are corny jokes galore. Snack crowns and bathroom paper bouquets for brides. Shark Week flights. Complete weddings saved. That point in 2019, when passengers headed to San Diego for a comic-themed conference acquired Nintendo Swap techniques.
And who can overlook the rapping flight attendant?
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Many official Southwest ‘shock and delight’ occasions had been placed on maintain in the course of the pandemic. But it surely appears like they’re again.
Yesterday morning 175 passengers flying on Southwest flight 2271 from Lengthy Seaside Airport (LGB) to Honolulu’s Daniel Okay. Inouye Worldwide Airport (HNL) turned a part of a particular musical flight.
In a partnership with international musical instrument retailer Guitar Heart, passengers on this Hawaii-bound flight had been gifted a travel-sized Mitchell MU40 Soprano ukulele, a Highway Runner carrying case, and a goodie bag.
Passengers had been additionally handled to what’s being billed because the first-ever inflight ukulele class.
After departure and drink service, Guitar Heart Classes instructors from Hawaii taught passengers how you can play the ukuleles, an instrument related to Hawaii and Hawaiian music.
The ukulele’s status as an easy-to-learn instrument proved true. As they set off throughout the Pacific Ocean, passengers had been invited to hitch a gaggle lesson with the aim of taking part in the tune “Good day, Aloha. How are you?” collectively.
“I’ve taught college students by way of Guitar Heart Classes since 2014, however by no means in an airplane,” stated Alexandra Windsor, instructional affairs specialist for Guitar Heart Classes. “It was inspiring to see how rapidly passengers of all ages picked up the ukulele — many with no musical background. It exhibits simply how enjoyable and straightforward studying one thing new may be.”
For Southwest Airways, “shock and delight occasions are a singular technique to create memorable experiences,” stated Brandy King, Southwest’s senior director of public relations. “At present’s celebration of Hawaiian tradition and Southwest Hospitality underscore our on a regular basis dedication to serve and rejoice the spirit of Aloha.”
For passengers who need to recreate the expertise — minus the inflight classes — Southwest Airways and Guitar Heart are internet hosting a Ukulele Take Flight Sweepstakes. The prize is round-trip air journey and two Mitchell MU40 Soprano ukuleles. (Bundle worth roughly $960). Enter by September 30, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. CT.)
That is removed from the primary time a Southwest Airways flight was stuffed with music and doubtless not the final. In 1979, a band carried out on the airline’s inaugural flight to New Orleans. And the airline has hosted a collection of Dwell at 35 (as in at 35,000 ft) concert events within the sky.