10 Interesting Facts about Southwest Airlines

  1.  Air Southwest Co. was founded in 1967 by Rollin King and Herb Kelleher in Texas
  2. Southwest Airlines commenced operations in June 18, 1971 with three Boeing 737 aircraft
  3. Southwest Airlines is now America’s largest low-fare carrier
  4. It employs 45,000 staff servicing over 100 million passengers per year
  5. In 1989 the airline exceeded one billion-dollars in revenue
  6. It has the largest Boeing fleet in the world and serves aircraft in the world serving 96 destinations in 41 states. The 737-700, is the most popular which seat 137 passengers
  7. On March 16, 1995, Southwest became one of the first airlines to have a website – Iflyswa.com
  8. Southwest hired their first black pilot, Louis Freeman, in 1980 who was later named the first black chief pilot of any major U.S. airline in 1992
  9. Southwest operates more than 3,400 flights per day
  10. Southwest has been a major inspiration to other low-cost carriers, and its business model has been repeated many times around the world. In Ireland Ryanair launched successfully while Jetstar in Australia is Qantas’s low fares arm

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