Emilio Salazar, who captained Southwest Airlines’ very first flight on June 18, 1971, was a refugee who fled Fidel Castro’s Cuba shortly after the revolution. Salazar died in 2004, but on Dec. 12 his daughter Loretta Pettavino, son Edward Salazar and daughter-in-law Debbie Salazar were on Southwest’s inaugural flight from Tampa to Havana. They, and the 154 other passengers were joined by Southwest CEO Gary Kelly, who hailed the addition of Havana as Southwest’s 100th ...


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