NEC member Southwest Airlines made the August 21st solar eclipse a special event for passengers on five of its 3,857 flights that day.
Southwest identified five of its flights that would experience maximum viewing capacity of the total solar eclipse from the sky and provided memorabilia including special viewing glasses and “cosmic cocktails” for the customers aboard. The five flights departed in the morning from Seattle, Portland, and Denver.
“We’ll be unmatched in offering hundreds of seats in the air over the continental U.S. that morning with a potential view of the rare sight,” said Warren Qualley, Manager of Meteorology for Southwest in announcing the event. “We plan to showcase the glow of our everyday hospitality in a different light on these celebratory flights in our summer flight schedule and our team of meteorologists is working hard to provide clear viewing of this solar spectacle from our flights!”
The New England Council congratulates Southwest on providing an exciting atmosphere for customers to experience the once in a lifetime opportunity of viewing a solar eclipse from the sky. Read more in the Chicago Tribune and in the press release.