In light of the countdown to the August 21 solar eclipse scheduled to sweep American cities from Portland, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina, Southwest Airlines is offering a special experience for travelers aboard its flights affected by this spectacle.
The airline has identified which flights will be most likely to experience maximum effects of the eclipse, giving customers on those flights “commemorative flare,” which includes special viewing glasses, cosmic cocktails and social media engagement across the atmosphere on the brand’s gate-to-gate Wi-Fi.
In a release, Southwest said that Network & Schedule Planners “modeled the operational day against projections of the umbra and penumbra," which are shadows cast by the moon’s eclipse of the sun.
The flights with the greatest likelihood of catching a view of the August 21 eclipse will be as follows:
- Southwest flight 1375, departing Seattle-Tacoma at 9:05 a.m. PDT for St. Louis
- Southwest flight 1368 departing Portland at 9:05 a.m. PDT for St. Louis
- Southwest flight 1577 departing Denver at 10:20 a.m. MDT for St. Louis
- Southwest flight 301 departing Denver at 10:20 a.m. MDT for Nashville
- Southwest flight 1969 departing Denver at 9:50 a.m. MDT for Atlanta
In the release, manager of meteorology for Southwest Warren Qualley said that the airline plans to “showcase the glow of its everyday hospitality in a different light on these celebratory flights in [its] summer flight schedule” and that its team of meteorologists is working hard to “provide clear viewing of this solar spectacle from [its] flights.”
The next solar eclipse that will be visible in the United States is not scheduled to occur again until April 8, 2024.