NEW YORK, April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- During the soaring first season of A&E Network's hit series AIRLINE, viewers were exposed to all kinds of real life stories -- from in front of and behind the counters of Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV). Beginning Monday, May 24, you'll want to fasten your seatbelts for the stories behind the stories, with the World Premiere of six special episodes of AIRLINE: EXCESS BAGGAGE, airing at 10:00pm ET/PT and 9pm CT. AIRLINE currently airs Mondays at 10 & 10:30pm ET/PT. The second season of AIRLINE will premiere this summer on A&E. AIRLINE: EXCESS BAGGAGE offers our Southwest Airlines characters (Mike, Yolanda, Vi, Colleen, Steve, Susie, Denise and others) a chance to tell their side of what happened during Season One as well as introduce never-before-seen footage of some of the more intriguing storylines. AIRLINE's most popular stories ranged from the awe-inspiring (Mike helping an elderly passenger with Alzheimer's) to the hair-raising (Colleen and team dealing with the multi- state power outage), to the flat-out hilarious (who can forget Val and the man dressed as a Tiger for no apparent reason?). AIRLINE: EXCESS BAGGAGE will also give viewers a chance to get to know the familiar faces of Southwest Airlines better -- on the job and off! Of course, our characters are more than just agents, supervisors and managers -- Colleen is a hard-working mom of four, and Steve Ramirez is a secret salsa king on the dance floor! We'll take them out of the airport and into their personal lives to find out more about the men and women behind the uniforms. Nancy Dubuc and Patrice Andrews are the executive producers for A&E Network. AIRLINE is produced for A&E Network by Granada America, New York. Charles Tremayne and Chris Carey are co-executive producers for Granada America. Lee Servis is the series producer. Granada America, New York is the east coast production base for Granada America, which is part of UK based television company ITV plc. In the last 12 months Granada has been responsible for 125 hours of drama, 15 tele-movies, 80 hours of factual programs, 20 hours of entertainment and six hours of children's programming on US screens. Southwest Airlines is the nation's fourth largest carrier in terms of domestic Customer boardings. The airline operates 2,800 daily departures to cities in 30 states with a fleet of more than 390 Boeing 737s. The airline's 34,000+ employees provide legendary customer service to travelers in 58 cities across the United States. On May 9, 2004, Southwest will inaugurate service to Philadelphia, with 14 daily nonstop departures to six cities. 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. Over the past five years, A&E Network holds the distinct record for the most Primetime Emmy nominations (73) for a basic cable network. The 2004 primetime line-up includes several new series, featuring the premieres of: Airline, a behind-the-scenes look at the drama and the hilarity of commercial air travel with Southwest Airlines; Family Plots, a groundbreaking new reality show that takes a look at the personal and professional lives of the family members who run the Poway Bernardo Mortuary; and Growing Up Gotti, chronicling the life of Victoria Gotti, famous daughter of John Gotti, successful magazine editor, and mother of three. The 2004 schedule also includes a host of topical and timely documentary specials, including Boomer Nation, In Harm's Way, and a quarterly series titled Behind the Blockbusters, bringing viewers the true stories behind the topics of Hollywood's biggest releases. Great drama also remains the heart of the A&E Network brand with upcoming original movies such as See Arnold Run, Hillary's Choice, and Ike: Countdown to D-Day. The A&E Network website is located at www.aetv.com and the Biography(R) website is located at www.Biography.com . The Biography Club is located at www.BiographyClub.com .
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