Sail the Ocean Blue With the AIRLINE Cast and Crew; Customers Can Take a Cruise With Their Favorite ‘AIRLINE’ Characters

DALLAS, Feb. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV) is offering Customers a chance to sail away with their favorite characters from the hit A&E real-life series, AIRLINE, aboard the “AIRLINE Cruise.”

On May 9, six characters from AIRLINE will take to the high seas onboard Carnival Cruise Lines’ Paradise as it sails from Los Angeles to beautiful Baja California. While onboard the ship, Baltimore/Washington Supervisor Gina Terrano; Chicago Midway Supervisors Denise Brown-Bess and Val Brown; and LAX Supervisor Michael Carr will get to meet and greet some of their biggest fans. Also joining the cruise are two characters from AIRLINE’s newest filming location at Houston Hobby Airport: Supervisors Chance Williams and Holly Bradford.

The “AIRLINE Cruise” will kickoff with a cocktail party where guests and cast members will meet, followed by three days and four nights of special onboard group activities, events, shore excursions, and more. In addition, an AIRLINE film crew will be present to capture memorable moments for an AIRLINE episode in season three of the series, set to debut in early summer.

To book a stateroom on the “AIRLINE Cruise,” Customers must call 1-866-321-8408. Prices start from $329 per person for an inside stateroom, oceanviews from $369, and suites from $669. For more details, visit http://www.southwest.com/airlinecruise?src=PR_cruise_021105 . Other Southwest cruises are available for booking on http://www.southwest.com/ at the click of a mouse.

Southwest Airlines is the nation’s largest carrier in terms of scheduled domestic departures. The airline currently serves 60 airports in 59 cities in 30 states. Based in Dallas, Southwest currently operates 2,900 flights a day and has 32,000 Employees systemwide. The carrier will begin service to Pittsburgh in May 2005.

AIRLINE, which airs Mondays at 8pm/7C on A&E, features the real-life highs and the lows of passengers who board Southwest Airlines flights at Los Angeles International (LAX), Chicago Midway, and Baltimore/Washington International Airports. In the third season, Houston Hobby Airport will be added to the filming locations. AIRLINE, nominated this year for a People’s Choice Award, also follows Southwest’s staff, from the Customer-focused flight crews to the hard working ground crews who are often on the receiving end of a frustrated Customer’s wrath. Heartwarming passenger stories, occasional outbursts, weather-related anxiety, everyone’s urgent timetables, heightened security measures … they all come together to create a real life drama that is truly unique to commercial airline travel.

AIRLINE is produced by Granada America, New York, the East Coast production house for Granada America, which is part of the UK-based television company ITV plc. Over the last year, Granada America, New York has been responsible for over 100 hours of cable programming, including First 48 for A&E, Caught! for Court TV, Taking Care of Business for TLC, and Room Raiders for MTV.

Now reaching more than 88 million homes, A&E Network brings viewers the Art of Entertainment(TM) through a unique combination of three genres — The Art of Biography, The Art of Documentary, and The Art of Drama. A brand synonymous with excellence in television, A&E Network offers a diverse mix of programming ranging from critically acclaimed original series and movies, to innovative documentaries, to the Emmy Award-winning Biography(R) series, to dramatic specials, feature film presentations, and contemporary performances. In 2004, A&E Network holds the distinct record for the most Primetime Emmy nominations (24) for a basic cable network.

The A&E Network website is located at http://www.aetv.com/ and the Biography(R) website is located at http://www.biography.com/ . The Biography Club is located at http://www.biographyclub.com/ . For more information and photography please visit us on the web at http://www.aetvpress.com/ .

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