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Southwest Airlines Co.

Southwest Airlines Co. is an airline company headquartered in Dallas, Texas, United States.

Southwest Airlines Co., typically referred to as Southwest, is an airline based in the United States and the world’s largest low-cost carrier. It is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and has scheduled service to 121 destinations in the United States and 10 additional countries. As of 2018, Southwest carried more domestic passengers than any other United States airline.

The airline was established on March 9, 1967, by Herb Kelleher and Rollin King as Air Southwest Co. and adopted its current name, Southwest Airlines Co., in 1971, when it began operating as an intrastate airline wholly within the state of Texas, first flying between Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. It began regional interstate service in 1979, expanding nationwide in the following decades. Southwest currently serves airports in 42 states and multiple Central American destinations.

Southwest’s business model is distinct from other US airlines as it uses a rolling hub and point-to-point network and allows free checked baggage. It exclusively uses Boeing 737 jets in its fleet.

The airline has nearly 66,100 employees and operates about 4,000 departures a day during peak travel season

HISTORY


   Southwest Airlines was established in 1967 as Air Southwest Co. by Herb Kelleher and Rollin King.

   In 1971, Air Southwest Co. changed its name to Southwest Airlines Co. (Southwest).

   In 1975, Southwest stock was listed on the American Stock Exchange.

   In 1977, Southwest stock was listed for trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

OPERATING BASES


  • Atlanta;
  • Baltimore;
  • Chicago–Midway;
  • Dallas–Love;
  • Denver;
  • Houston–Hobby;
  • Las Vegas;
  • Los Angeles;
  • Oakland;
  • Orlando;
  • Phoenix–Sky Harbor.

   With more than 65.000 employees, Southwest Airlines Co. is considered one of the largest low-cost carriers in the world. According to Forbes, it is considered one of the Largest Public Companies in the World.

*Information from Forbes.com, Wikipedia.org, and www.southwest.com.

**Video published on YouTube by “Southwest Airlines

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