MAX'ing out 2021

Great News!!

As of today, Southwest Airlines is resuming operation of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft! The routes can be found in the timetables and can be booked specifically through the selection of the 737 MAX 8 on the equipment line.

As more routes for the MAX are added into SWA's network, Southwest Virtual's timetable will reflect them with our consistent timetable updates. This also applies to new destinations. As our timetable pulls real-world routes, the timetable will not reflect new destinations until those routes officially begin.

Activity Report

Activity is continuing to soar, with on average 150-200 new hires and reactivations per month! We have officially surpassed 300,000 logged flights as well! Quite an insurmountable number to think about!


A general reminder of why we are here. Southwest Virtual is here to enhance the flight simulation experience. We upload weekly schedules matching real world operations, but do not require these schedules to be flown real-time. We allow the aspect of realism to remain optional, with stipulations to this realism laid out in the SOP. We are also pleased to offer services allowing for additional learning and experience building, simulating the real-world Southwest Airlines.

Southwest Virtual operates on the premise of having fun while flying, and growing our tools such as flight-monitoring software isn't possible without continuous support from our community. We ask that you enjoy flying with us and reach out whenever you need us to assist in improving your experience here at Southwest Virtual.

The VATSIM community also thanks us for our continued support of the VATSIM network and thanks our pilots for demonstrating professionalism over the radios.

On behalf of the entire staff team, I personally would like to thank all of you for showing your continued support and LUV for our great Virtual Airline. All of you are the foundation the success of our community and keep us motivated to formulate new ideas and plans for a continued future. I again will address, if you need anything at all, don't hesitate to reach out and ask for assistance! We are a LUV'ing community and wish to remain that way! Also, join the Discord:

Blue Skies,

Matt Grimes
Chief Operating Officer
Southwest Virtual Airlines