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President:

  • Gary C. Kelly

Approximate Net Worth:

  • $23 million

Number of Employees

  • 35,000

World Presence:

  • Southwest operates 550 Boeing 737 aircraft among 72 cities.

Fun Fact:

  • Southwest was featured prominently in the "How'd They Do That" episode of the hit ABC primetime television show, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." Due to the partnership with the show, the airline donated several plane parts to be used in a teenager's airplane-theme room. Thirty mechanics, flight attendants, and pilots pitched in to build the boy's room.
Southwest flight attendant suing airline over husband’s death

Southwest Airlines flight attendant Kelly Ilczyszyn explains why she is suing the airline over her husband’s death.

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    Looptworks Founder Scott Hamlin on how they turn airline seats into leather goods like handbags.

  2. Southwest CEO: Employees don’t want to nickel-and-dime customers

    Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly on the airline’s strategy and the decline in fuel prices.

  3. Fired for refusal to fly

    FBN’s Cheryl Casone and Attorney Paul Millus on former United flight attendants being fired for refusing to fly.

  4. Airlines 2014 market bright spot

    FBN’s Cheryl Casone on the year in the markets.

  5. Regulation and the markets

    Former CFTC Commissioner Bart Chilton and Merrill Lynch Global Wealthy Management CIO Mary Ann Bartels discuss their observations for the markets in 2014.

  6. Top S&P leaders in 2014

    PNC Wealth Management Chief Investment Strategist Bill Stone and S&P Capital IQ Director Rich Peterson discuss what worked in 2014.

  7. Defensive stocks the big winners in 2014?

    Scranton Financial Group CEO David Scranton on the year in the markets and what to expect from 2015.

  8. Should you buy Tesla?

    The 7:00’s Report Editor Tom Essaye gives his top stock picks.

  9. Investing in airlines: What stocks you should buy?

    FBN’s Charles Payne, NewOak Capital President James Frischling, GMG Defensive Beta Fund Co-Portfolio Manager Oliver Pursche, retail analyst Hitha Herzog and Penn Financial Group founder Matt McCall on the airline stocks to help investors’ portfolios soar.

  10. Trimming your money tree ahead of 2015

    South Texas Money Management CEO Jeanie Wyatt and Wells Capital Management Portfolio Manager Bryant VanCronkhite discuss how to adjust your portfolio ahead of 2015.

  11. A new, cheaper way for traders to view data

    Money.net CEO Morgan Downey on building a new analytics platform for traders.

  12. Google pays more than $1B to lease NASA airbase

    Meritas Advisors Principal Lenore Hawkins, MAXfunds.com co-founder Jonas Max Ferris and FBN’s Tracy Byrnes on Google leasing a NASA airbase, Southwest Airlines ’ decision to add more seats to its flights and the market’s rally.

  1. Southwest unveils wider seats

    Southwest Airlines is rolling out new seats that will be seven-tenths of an inch larger. TravelPulse.com CEO Mark Murphy and FNC Legal Analyst Lis Wiehl weigh in.

  2. Morning Business Outlook: 4/15/15

    Fight for 15 protests poverty

  3. Should airline-safety procedures be re-evaluated?

    FBN’s Cheryl Casone, Tom Sullivan and George Hamlin of Hamlin Transportation Consulting discuss the Germanwings plane crash.

  4. March Madness: Which stocks will score big returns?

    James Advantage Funds Portfolio Manager David James discusses his outlook for the market and where to invest in March.

  5. Southwest allowed to continue flying planes that missed inspections

    FBN’s Jo Ling Kent on Southwest’s deal to keep flying 128 planes while the inspections take place over the next five days.

  6. Morning Business Outlook: 2/25/15

    Southwest Airlines grounds a fifth of its jets

  7. Can GM turnaround from their legal troubles?

    FBN’s Adam Shapiro, Leeb group Research Chairman Stephen Leeb and Bulls-Eye Options Chief Strategist Alan Knuckman on GM’s compensation fund, recalls and notably absent Super Bowl ads.

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