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Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines Co. is a major U.S. airline headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and North America’s largest low-cost carrier.

The airline was established in 1967 by Herb Kelleher as Air Southwest Co. and then adopted its current name, Southwest Airlines Co., in 1971 when it began operating as an intrastate airline wholly within the state of Texas. The airline has more than 57,000 employees 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 May 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. Service to four destinations in Hawaii is coming in late 2018 or early 2019 subject to FAA approval, with routes to be decided on and announced in the near future.

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How Southwest operates its quick turn-around for a high-efficiency airline

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Based out of Dallas, TX, Southwest is one of the biggest US Airlines. It operates a fleet of only 737 aircraft, and is known for its low fares and efficiency. It has an overall on-time performance of 83%, according to Southwest has hubs and domiciles in Oakland, Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Denver, Austin, Dallas (Base), Houston, St. Louis, Nashville, Chicago (Midway), Baltimore, Atlanta, and Orlando. Gary Kelly is the President and CEO of Southwest, which also owns AirTran.

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