Southwest Airlines

Coordinates: 32°50′48″N 96°51′40″W / 32.8467°N 96.861°W / 32.8467; -96.861 (Southwest Airlines Headquarters)

Southwest Airlines
Founded March 16, 1967 (1967-03-16)
Commenced operations June 18, 1971 (1971-06-18)
Focus cities
  • Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport
  • Chicago Midway International Airport
  • Dallas Love Field
  • Denver International Airport
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
  • William P. Hobby Airport
  • McCarran International Airport
  • Lambert-St. Louis International Airport
  • Los Angeles International Airport
  • Nashville International Airport
  • Oakland International Airport
  • Orlando International Airport
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
  • San Diego International Airport
Frequent-flyer program Rapid Rewards
Subsidiaries AirTran Airways
Fleet size 579
Destinations 78
Company slogan Bags Fly Free
Headquarters Dallas, Texas, USA
Key people
  • Herb Kelleher
  • Rollin King
  • Gary C. Kelly
Revenue US$ 15.65 billion
Operating income US$ 693 million
Net income US$ 178 million
Total assets US$ 18.06 billion
Total equity US$ 6.87 billion
Employees 46,128

Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV), operating as Southwest Airlines, is the largest low-cost carrier in the United States, and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. The airline was established in 1967, adopting its current name in 1971. It carries the most domestic passengers of any US airline. as of June 5, 2011 (2011 -06-05).

Except for a few years during the 1970s-80s when it operated Boeing 727s Southwest has used only Boeing 737s, and as of August 2012 is the largest operator of the 737 worldwide with over 572 in service, each operating an average of six flights per day.

In May 2011 the airline acquired Orlando-based AirTran Airways, with integration of the carriers expected to be complete by 2015. On March 1, 2012 the company was issued a single operating certificate so that technically Southwest and AirTran became one airline.

Southwest has more than 46,000 employees as of August 2012 and operates more than 3,400 flights per day. As of November 2012 Southwest Airlines has scheduled service to 78 destinations in 39 states.

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