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Southwest Long Beach Inaugural

See my video of the arrival and departure.

March this year, Southwest announced that they were starting service to Long Beach (LGB) on June 5th.  My good friend and fellow photographer Rick suggested us taking the inaugural flight.  Southwest had received four slots at the noise-sensitive, capacity-controlled airport and the airline decided to use all four slots for service to Oakland (OAK).  This further solidifies SWA’s position as the dominant airline in California, flying to all five Los Angeles area airports (LAX, BUR, ONT, SNA, LGB) – 10 cities in total in California with 160 daily intrastate flights and 19 unique city-pairs.  

Our good friend Mike the “LGB Guy”, would be joining us on the inaugural departure from LGB back to OAK, so it would be a fun time with old friends. I have never been on a Southwest inaugural flight before so that would be interesting for me as well. 
Rick had acquired LGB t-shirts for us and we were a big hit!  Everyone wanted to know where we got them (…