Gallardo and Lucroy Trade Places With Southwest Employees For The Day
If you were at Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport today and saw some things that were out of the ordinary in Concourse D, your eyes weren’t playing tricks on you.
Yes, that was Yovani Gallardo guiding a Southwest Boeing 737 into gate D52. Yes, that was Bernie Brewer and the Famous Racing Sausages unloading luggage. And, yes, that was Jonathan Lucroy riding the tug, pushing Southwest flight 584 off to Phoenix.
Southwest Airlines, the Official Airline of the Milwaukee Brewers, invited Gallardo, Lucroy, Bernie and the Famous Racing Sausages to help out at the airport for an hour today. I accompanied Yovani and Jonathan to the airport today for their visit and it was an enjoyable day for everyone.
The entire operation is like clockwork. The ground crew can’t afford to be late or inefficient with their jobs as getting passengers to their destination quickly and safely is priority number one.
The plane landed in Milwaukee for a brief “stopover” before continuing on to Phoenix (where the Brewers will play this weekend). When the plane landed Yovani helped the ground crew guide the plane into the gate. He also later helped with luggage. At the same time, Jonathan was up at the gate greeting passengers who weren’t continuing on to Phoenix.
When it was time for the next group of passengers to get on the plane, Jonathan was right there making announcements and Yovani was scanning tickets. After the plane was loaded up, the Brewers battery returned to the tarmac to push the plane from the gate and send it off to Phoenix. Landed, unloaded, reloaded and back in the air all in about one hour.
“It was neat to see the behind-the-scenes operations here,” Lucroy said of the job shadow. “I was really amazed at how fast everything went today.”
I’ve always loved airplanes and flying, so this was a treat for me too. It was great to see what it takes to get a plane to the gate on time and back up in the air. Even with the distraction of Yovani, Jonathan and the mascots, the crew knew where to be and when to be there to carry out their jobs.
Special thanks goes out to the Brewers Corporate Marketing Department, the crew from Southwest Airlines and our friends at Gen. Mitchell International Airport for helping with today’s event.