Founded on March 16, 1967, Southwest Airlines flights commenced operations on June 18, 1971.
The airline was founded by Herb Kelleher and agreed its current name in 1971 only. Southwest
Airlines presently employs more than 52,000 employees and operates near about 4,000
departures per day during the peak travel season. As of 2014, WN carried more number of
domestic passengers than other airline in the US.
The airline has used only the palatial Boeing 737s (except for 1979-1987) and today it is the largest operator of Boeing 737 in the world deploying over 700 in service with an average of 6 flights per day.
Routes and Fleet Size
You can find Southwest Airlines deals to a total of 98 destinations in the US. The top cities
include Chicago-Midway, Baltimore-Washington, Las Vegas, Denver, Dallas (Love Field),
Phoenix, Houston (Hobby), Orlando (MCO), Atlanta and Los Angeles (LAX).
Soon, you will find Southwest Airlines tickets to 7 more countries subject to governmental approvals.
Southwest Airlines operates a total of 711 aircrafts which consists of 94 Boeing 737-300, 490 Boeing 737-700 and 127 Boeing 737-800.
In-flight Services and Amenities
After you make a Southwest Airlines reservation, be ready to brace yourself with some of the
best inflight amenities –
Complimentary juices, cold drinks and coffee on all flights.
Packaged snacks on flight segments longer than 2 hours.
Enjoy up to 18 live channels and 75 TV shows on-demand onboard your flight free of charge.
You can relish free content on your device, like flight tracker, shopping, games, and much more the airline offers. You can also surf the web, check your e-mail, or connect to your facebook friends on the fly, by purchasing full Wi-Fi access for only $8 a day, per device.
The newly designed eco-friendly cabin interiors offers enhanced personal space and maximum comfort.
Savor Southwest the Magazine exploring a wide array of topics like business, technology, personal, culture, health, sports, food and drinks.
The airline allows 1 carry-on bag and 1 personal item per passenger fee free. Following are the restrictions and limitations for carryon baggage –
50 linear inches (24 x 16 x 10 in) including wheels and handles
Must fit in the overhead bin or below the seat in front of you.
Personal item must fit under the seat in front of you.
Checked Baggage Allowance
2 bags standard, up to 10 bags maximum
Must not exceed 62 inches (length + width + height)
Must not exceed 50 pounds
After booking your Southwest Airlines tickets, it is advisable for a passenger to go through the official website for a complete and thorough understanding of their baggage policy.