Southwest Airlines Named Official Airline of the Japanese American Citizens League

Dec 06, 2010, 16:01 ET from Japanese American Citizens League

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 6, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), the nation's oldest and largest Asian American civil and human rights organization, announced Southwest Airlines as the official airline of the JACL.  

"We are very grateful to have Southwest Airlines become the official airline of the JACL.  We appreciate their generosity in providing support to the JACL," said David Kawamoto, National JACL President.   "With the airline's help, our delegates will be able to provide a better service to our youth programs."   

The Japanese American Citizens League is the largest membership-based Asian American advocacy organization in the United States.  Founded in 1929, JACL has close to 20,000 members in 112 chapters throughout the country.  JACL's strength is in its organized membership.  Members belong to local chapters, and elect their chapter, regional, and national representatives.  The JACL National Headquarters is in San Francisco, with offices in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Chicago, and Seattle.

"Southwest Airlines is proud to be part of this great organization, and their work," said Kim Delevett, Community Affairs & Grassroots Manager for Southwest Airlines.  "Our commitment to the communities we serve is real, and we know that by providing support to organizations like the Japanese American Citizens League, we are creating opportunities for our Customers to have a better future.

"The JACL is very pleased to have this partnership with Southwest Airlines, which has begun to provide airline tickets for use in various programs of the JACL," said Floyd Mori, National Executive Director of the JACL.  "Southwest is a major sponsor of many organizations, and we are proud to include the airline into our family.  We appreciate the support and resources Southwest has given us to pursue our goals."

About Southwest Airlines

After nearly 40 years of service, Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other low-fare carriers--offering a reliable product with exemplary Customer Service.  Southwest Airlines is the nation's largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded and now serves 69 cities in 35 states.  Southwest also is one of the most honored airlines in the world, known for its commitment to the triple bottom line of Performance, People, and Planet.  To read more about how Southwest is doing its part to be a good citizen, visit to read the Southwest One Report™.  Based in Dallas, Southwest currently operates more than 3,100 flights a day and has nearly 35,000 Employees systemwide.

SOURCE Japanese American Citizens League