Imagine getting ukulele lessons while on a flight to Hawaii. That’s what passengers aboard a Boeing 737-800 Southwest Airlines flight from Long Beach to Honolulu experienced last week. 

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Guitar Center and Southwest Airlines

Guitar Center partnered with Southwest Airlines to host the first-ever in-flight ukulele class.

Passengers learned how to play the ukulele after receiving a Mitchell MU40 Soprano ukulele and a Road Runner carrying case.

The ukulele is one of the most popular instruments in Hawaii. Guitar Center Lessons instructors taught passengers how to play the song “Hello, Aloha. How are you?” while en route to Honolulu.

“I’ve taught students through Guitar Center Lessons since 2014, but never in an airplane,” says Alexandra Windsor, educational affairs specialist for Guitar Center Lessons.


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Windsor goes on to share, “It was inspiring to see how quickly passengers of all ages picked up the ukulele — many with no musical background. The ukulele is the perfect instrument for beginners, and it shows just how fun and easy learning something new can be.”

Brandy King, Senior Director of Public Relations at Southwest Airlines says, “Our Customers anticipate warm Southwest Hospitality throughout their journeys with us, and these Surprise and Delight events are a unique way to create memorable experiences.”

Celebrating Hawaiian culture

“Today’s celebration of Hawaiian culture and Southwest Hospitality underscore our everyday commitment to serve and celebrate the spirit of Aloha,” says King. 

You can enter the Ukuleles Take Flight sweepstakes for a chance to win a round-trip flight on Southwest for you and a guest and two Mitchel MU40 Soprano ukuleles by clicking here.

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