Southwest Airlines let the good times fly on flight #1563 from DAL to MSY full of Mardi Gras partygoers ahead of the season's biggest weekend of celebrations. As an airline, we employ nearly 200 Employees in New Orleans and have Louisiana fans across our Network that celebrate Mardi Gras so we decided to load up suitcases full of beads and masks and engaged Community Coffee, our official Inflight Coffee Partner, to help us celebrate this festive season with Passengers before they touched down in New Orleans on Thursday afternoon.
We had some fun prior to boarding the flight with Mardi Gras Bingo in the gate area where the winner was surprised with a year’s worth of Community Coffee, the beloved coffee brand of Louisiana. Passengers danced their way down a decorated jet bridge to Mardi Gras music where they received beads and masks before boarding the flight. A Southwest Pilot even donned a mask for a quick photo before takeoff. Once at altitude, we offered a free drink for all Passengers to kick off the weekend. The real excitement came when Passengers began to deplane and were greeted with a second line, brass band and Community Coffee gift bags featuring Mardi Gras King Cake specialty coffee, welcoming them to New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras!
As the airline with Heart, we always strive to give our Passengers a little lagniappe or “something extra” when they fly with us.