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Southwest Airlines to launch new crew base in Nashville

Did you know? Southwest Airlines began service to BNA on March 18, 1986, with eight daily nonstop departures to Chicago and Houston. ✈️

A plane with Tennessee's state flag on the side

In 2016, the airline unveiled Tennessee One, a specialty aircraft with an artist’s rendition of the Tennessee State flag, as a tribute to the state. | Photo by @sologhostxx via Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines is reaching new heights in Nashville.

The airline plans to establish a new crew base — the company’s 12th overall — at Nashville International Airport next spring.

If you’ve flown out of BNA, you know Southwest Airlines already has a major presence in Music City. Nearly four decades after beginning service here, the airline offers up to 166 departures a day to 57 cities nonstop. By year’s end, Southwest plans to add four gates in Nashville for a total of 20.

Let’s talk jobs. The crew base is estimated to create an additional 1,300 positions, including 150-250 pilots growing to 500-600 pilots, and up to 700 new flight attendants in beginning in 2024. Southwest Airlines said to expect continued growth as the crew base is up and running.

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