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Southwest Airlines Arrives at GRR

Southwest Airlines flew into Gerald R. Ford International Airport on August 11, 2013.

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    The Southwest Airlines ticket counter at Gerald R. Ford International Airport.
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    The Southwest Airlines gate ahead of the inaugural flight's press conference.
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    Ford International Executive Director Brian Ryks welcomes Southwest Airlines to GRR.
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    Regional Air Alliance of West Michigan Founder & Chairman Dick DeVos talks about the work it took to bring Southwest Airlines to the area.
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    Local dignitaries, including Congressman Justin Amash, were at the press conference.
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    Experience Grand Rapids presented Southwest Airlines with a quilt square honoring the carrier's new relationship with West Michigan.
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    The Cakabakery, a Grand Rapids bakery, provided sweets honoring the new relationship.
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    GRR fire trucks stand by to provide a water-cannon salute. When a new airline comes to an airport, it's traditional to spray down the first airplane with water cannons.
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    The first Southwest Airlines plane arrives in Grand Rapids
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    Southwest Airlines passengers arrive in Grand Rapids for the first time.
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    Passengers board a Southwest Airlines flight for the first time at Gerald R. Ford International Airport.