Southwest Airlines Co.is a major United States airline. Its headquarters located in Dallas, Texas, and the world’s largest low-cost carrier.
The airline was established by Herb Kelleher in 1967 as Air Southwest and then adopted its current name, Southwest Airlines, in 1971 when it began operating as an intrastate airline wholly within the state of Texas. The airline employee has more than 55,000 as of July 2017 and operates more than 4,000 departures a day during peak travel season. As of 2014, it carried the most domestic passengers of any U.S. airline. As of January 2018, Southwest Airlines has scheduled services to 100 destinations in the United States and ten additional countries, with services to Turks & Caicos having begun on November 5, 2017.
Southwest Airlines has only used and operated Boeing 737 jetliner models, except for the period from 1979 to 1987 when it leased several Boeing 727-200s from Braniff International Airways. As of January 2016, Southwest is the largest operator of the Boeing 737 worldwide, with over 700 in service, each averaging six flights per day.
The company Slogans include “Love Is Still Our Field,” “Just Plane Smart,” “The Somebody Else Up There Who Loves You,” “You’re Now Free To Move About The Country,” “THE Low Fare Airline,” “Grab your bag, It’s On!” and “Welcome Aboard.” The airline’s current slogan is “Low fares. Nothing to hide.”
Founded: 15 March 1967, Dallas, Texas, United States
- Cheap and low cost airline
- No assigned seats
- Companion pass
- The Lowest Price is Honored
- Two free checked bags
- Southwest credit card
- Only Boeing 737s
- No meals
- No seat confirmation
- Boarding from front to back
- No direct flights coast to coast
As of January 2018, Southwest Airlines has scheduled flights to 100 destinations in 40 states, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. It operates crew bases at the following airports: Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago–Midway, Dallas–Love, Denver, Houston–Hobby, Las Vegas, Oakland, Orlando, and Phoenix–Sky Harbor. Southwest does not use the “hub and spoke” system of other major airlines, preferring the “point-to-point” system, combined with a “rolling hub” model in its larger cities.