Washington, D.C. – February 3, 2006 –
Washington Capitals players Matt Bradley, Ben Clymer, Jeff Halpern
, Olie Kolzig and Alex Ovechkin
assisted the team’s official airline, Southwest Airlines, by becoming Southwest employees for the day on Thursday, Feb. 2, at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.
Bradley, Clymer, Halpern, Kolzig and Ovechkin were each paired with Southwest Airlines employees who escorted them around the airport. The Southwest Airlines employees taught the players how to perform various jobs throughout the airport as part of a Trading Places promotion.
Kolzig and Ovechkin boarded passengers onto two separate flights, collecting and scanning tickets and greeting the customers. Bradley, Ovechkin and Kolzig helped back planes up to the runway, while Clymer and Halpern acted as wing walkers, guiding the aircrafts onto the runway. Bradley and Clymer loaded baggage onto an aircraft while Halpern marshaled a flight onto the tarmac, directing the plane into the gate.
“My favorite part of the day was wing walking,” said Clymer. “It was pretty neat seeing the day-to-day duties of the Southwest Airlines employees. I had a lot of fun.”
The Capitals players signed autographs for Southwest Airlines employees and customers throughout the day. Clymer and Halpern hosted trivia games at the gates for passengers waiting to board their flights. Slapshot, the Capitals mascot, was also on hand to pass out peanuts and greet customers. Before leaving Bradley, Clymer, Halpern, Kolzig, Ovechkin and Slapshot took photos with all the participating Southwest Airlines employees in front of one of their planes.
“Trading Places was a huge success,” said Christina Ayala, Northeast region marketing manager for Southwest Airlines. “The Capitals did a great job interacting with our employees and customers. They’re down to earth and are welcome to trade places with Southwest Airlines employees at any time!”
Southwest Airlines is the official airline of the Washington Capitals. Southwest currently operates 165 daily nonstop departures to 34 cities from Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport with additional direct and connecting service to 21 cities. Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is Southwest’s fourth busiest airport in terms of daily departures.