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At Southwest Airlines, we LUV to celebrate diversity. Our People represent countries and cultures from all over the world, and a living example of that can be found in AirTran Airways First Officer Alex Romero, who emigrated from the Philippines when he was just two years old. The Romero family settled in New York City, where Alex became fascinated with aviation. He watched his older brother build model planes, and he always thought it would be great to be at the controls of a real working airplane.
That passion for aviation stayed with Alex, who used the GI Bill benefits from his U.S. Navy service for flight school. He began his commercial flying career with Comair in Cincinnati, where he still lives today. Alex was hired by AirTran in 2006, and he will soon transition to Southwest as the integration of our two airlines is completed this year.
“My favorite thing about being a Pilot is that my office is at 40,000 feet,” Alex says. “Not many people can appreciate the view of the world the way a Pilot can.” He feels that the incredible sights he has seen have given him a unique perspective on the world and life in general.
These days, when he’s not flying or spending time with his girlfriend, Alex participates in ballroom dancing competitions. After a childhood interest in martial arts resulted in multiple injuries, he decided to give salsa dancing a whirl—and found that he really enjoyed it. In addition to dance competitions, Alex takes part in obstacle course races. He also travels to the East Coast frequently to visit family, especially his many nieces and nephews.
Alex is thrilled that he will be joining Southwest’s fun and friendly environment. “I’m excited to be part of a Company that’s been highly successful for the past 40-plus years, and I can’t wait to be part of its future.”
We’re grateful to have you on our Team, Alex, and we can’t wait to officially welcome you into the Southwest Family this year! —Caroline Garza
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