DALLAS-June 25, 2013 - Southwest Airlines® (NYSE: LUV) Cargo is proud to announce the carrier’s recent recognition at Connected World magazine’s Value Chain Awards Gala, having been honored with the gold award in the Aviation category for the product, Cargo CompanionSM. Cargo Companion, a comprehensive GPS tracking device, launched in July 2012.
“We are honored and proud to have Cargo Companion recognized for innovation and excellence,” says Matt Buckley, Southwest Airlines Vice President of Cargo and Charters. “We keep the needs of our Customers top of mind, and providing real-time visibility and information to important air cargo shipments is a critical requirement for many of our shippers.”
Southwest Airlines’ Cargo Companion is the industry’s most comprehensive asset tracking solution that provides location and temperature information for Customer’s time-critical, high-value, and temperature sensitive cargo. Designed for freight forwarders, couriers, and perishable commodity shippers, Cargo Companion improves operational efficiency and minimizes the impact of delays across the supply chain. Cargo Companion provides early-warning notifications that enable Customers to initiate contingency plans in the event of an unfavorable delay or temperature alert en route to the destination.
"Southwest Airlines Cargo is flying high these days in the area of Aviation, and for good reason. By implementing a cellular-based device, the company is now able to track shipments, as well as monitor temperature, humidity, and more, allowing Customers to receive early warning information," says Peggy Smedley, editorial director, Connected World magazine. "Its innovative use of M2M is helping to bring its service to new heights within the markets it serves. Connected World magazine is pleased to recognize Southwest Airlines Cargo for accomplishing such outstanding achievements."
ABOUT SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CARGO
Southwest Airlines Cargo provides expedited air cargo service to destinations across the map. Now connected to the AirTran network, Cargo Customers have an extensive network with hundreds of new flight options to choose from for reliable shipping. Recognized for excellence in the air cargo industry, Southwest is proud to operate a majority of our facilities with our own Employees.
ABOUT SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.
In its 42nd year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by nearly 46,000 Employees to more than 100 million Customers annually. Southwest is the nation’s largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded, and including wholly-owned subsidiary, AirTran Airways, operates the largest fleet of Boeing aircraft in the world to serve 97 destinations in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and six near-international countries. Southwest is one of the most honored airlines in the world, known for its triple bottom line approach that takes into account the carrier’s performance and productivity, the importance of its People and the communities it serves, and its commitment to efficiency and the planet. The 2012 Southwest Airlines One Report™ can be found at southwest.com/citizenship.
AirTran Airways, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Southwest Airlines Co., offers coast-to-coast and near-international service with close to 600 flights a day to 47 destinations. The carrier’s high-quality product includes assigned seating and Business Class. As Southwest continues to integrate AirTran’s People, places, and planes into Southwest Airlines, Customers of both carriers may book flights at airtran.com and exchange earned loyalty points between both AirTran’s A+ Rewards® and Southwest’s Rapid Rewards® for reward travel on either airline.
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