Southwest Airlines


Southwest Airlines Co. is a major U.S. airline, the world's largest low-cost carrier, headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

Dallas is a major city in the state of Texas and is the largest urban center of the fourth most populous metropolitan area in the United States.

A low-cost carrier or low-cost airline is an airline that generally has lower fares and fewer comforts.

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The airline was established in 1967 by Herb Kelleher 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.

Intrastate airlines are defined as air carriers primarily operating inside of one individual state in the U.S. Larger intrastate airlines in the U.S. that operated mainline turboprop and/or jet aircraft were created as a result of past federal airline regulations as passenger air carriers that only flew intrastate service were not regulated by the federal government but were instead primarily regulated by the respective state governments in their home states.

Herbert "Herb" David Kelleher is the co-founder, Chairman Emeritus and former CEO of Southwest Airlines.

Southwest Airlines 737-700 Flight MHT-MCO by al380boy


The airline has more than 53,000 employees as of October 2016 and operates more than 3,900 departures a day during peak travel season.


As of 2014, it carried the most domestic passengers of any U.S. airline.


As of December 2016, Southwest Airlines had scheduled services to 101 destinations in the United States and eight additional countries.

The United States of America, commonly referred to as the United States or America, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions.


Service to both Grand Cayman and Cincinnati begins June 4, 2017.


Southwest Airlines has only operated Boeing 737 jetliner models, except for the period from 1979 to 1987 when it leased several Boeing 727-200s from Braniff International Airways.

Braniff Airways, Inc., doing business as Braniff International Airways, from 1948 until 1965, and then Braniff International from 1965 until 1983, was an American airline that operated from 1928 until 1982.

The Boeing Company is an American multinational corporation that designs, manufactures, and sells airplanes, rotorcraft, rockets, and satellites worldwide.

The Boeing 727 is a midsized, narrow-body three-engined jet aircraft built by Boeing Commercial Airplanes from the early 1960s to 1984.


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.


With the exception of the original -100 variant, and the next generation -600 and -900 variants, Southwest has operated every variant of the Boeing 737.

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