TLC Sets Premiere Date for 'On The Fly': Thursday, May 24

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May 4th, 2012

via press release:

ON THE FLY Scheduled For On-Time Arrival on TLC

New series going behind the scenes at Southwest Airlines premieres May 24 at 9/8c

Los Angeles, CA – It’s wheels up for TLC’s new series ON THE FLY, taking viewers on an exploration of the modern air travel experience. Going into airports across the country, the series shares an insider’s view of Southwest Airlines – at the gates, in the air, and behind the scenes – revealing the hectic, unexpected, and over-the-top happenings with customers and employees. The 13-part series will air Thursdays at 9/8c, starting May 24.


With more than 100 million passengers a year, Southwest is one of the country’s largest and busiest airlines, and every day there are countless compelling and outrageous stories happening in the terminals and on the planes. Each episode will bring viewers along for the ride, sharing thelarge-scale operations at the airline, as well as personal customer stories, ranging from a surprise proposal mid-flight and a delayed dance troupe’s impromptu performance to the havoc caused by weather delays and the repercussions of a baggage belt breakdown. In this series, it’s not about the destination, but the journey to get there.


Production covered some of Southwest’s most active airports to capture stories from coast to coast. The airports featured are:

  • Austin TX: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
  • Baltimore, MD: Baltimore/Washington International Airport
  • Chicago, IL: Chicago Midway International
  • Denver, CO: Denver International Airport
  • Ft Lauderdale, FL: Ft Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
  • Houston TX: Houston-Hobby
  • Nashville, TN, LA Nashville International Airport
  • New Orleans, LA: Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
  • Philadelphia, PA: Philadelphia International Airport
  • Sacramento, CA: Sacramento International Airport
  • Tampa, FL: Tampa International Airport

A sneak peek from the series can be found online at TLC and Southwest are encouraging viewers to share their travel stories using Twitter hashtag #OnTheFly.


ON THE FLY is produced for TLC by ITV Studios America. Executive Producer is Richard Vagg. Co-Executive Producer is Ginny Somma.

  • Yoozer

    Someone did this show already. It was called “Airline.” The company was even Southwest. It was a decent show, back in the days before networks like TLC took the concept of “reality TV” and turned it into the kind of garbage that this remake probably will be.

  • Matt

    I loved Airline, looking forward to this

  • Ron

    Airline was a good show. The people who were too drunk to fly always cracked me up.

  • Saul

    I loved Airline…hopefully this is just as good

  • LisaM

    Yeah wasn’t this on already? So unimpressed with Southwest right now, but I love any show about air travel *mourns Pan Am*, I will probably watch.

  • chris

    Too bad it has to be Air Wal-Mart…

    If they REALLY want ratings, they should do a documentary of the mess that is the United/Continental merger and how Crapinental is destroying United Airlines and how flyers are angry.

  • Rachel

    Airline was about stories from behind the scenes. This is about passengers and some AMAZING stories about why they are flying. Like meeting a long lost love for the first time in 40 years or flying out to meet your dad for the first time. Takes a minute to look at the meaning behind the travelers.

    I am very much looking forward to seeing this. :-)

  • piriss

    Oh Rachel, aren’t u so special, such inside info in the new show …



  • Catherine

    I can’t wait for “On The Fly” … there is so much going on at any airport it should be fascinating. I can’t wait for this show!!
    PS: I have heard good things about Southwest Airlines so this should be interesting!

  • Lynda

    How do you get into the contest?

  • Lorraine Danielson

    The different situations on today’s “On The Fly” show presented an insight into the challenges that staff must encounter working behind the counters and in the airports of today’s airline industry and also tells the stories of the people who are the airlines customers. Yes indeed…. there are two sides to every story! Very interesting to watch!

  • Mary Y. Williams

    I really enjoy watching the show . The poposal. Was awesome

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