Southwest Airlines

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Southwest Airlines
Southwest Airlines logo 2014.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Operating basesAtlanta,

Baltimore, Chicago–Midway, Dallas–Love Field, Denver, Houston–Hobby, Las Vegas, Oakland, Orlando,

Phoenix–Sky Harbor
Fleet size675
HeadquartersDallas, TX

Southwest Airlines is a airline based in Dallas, Texas that has a reputation for low fares. The airline started in 1971.[1] It flies mostly within the United States but also to flies from the United States to airports in the Caribbean Sea and Mexico.

Originally, many of Southwest's flights were to airports in the Southwestern United States, such as Dallas Love Field and Houston Hobby Airport, but it also flies to airports in other parts of the country, such as Chicago Midway Airport and Baltimore/Washington International Airport. The airline controls most of the gates at Dallas Love Field and is how Southwest Airlines prevents most airlines from flying from Dallas Love Field.

In 2014, it started international flights.[2]

The company flies more Boeing 737 aircraft than any airline.[3] It only flies the Boeing 737.

Southwest Airlines bought the smaller AirTran Airways in 2010 and discontinued the AirTran name. For several years, Southwest was the largest airline in the United States based on number of passengers, but it was not the largest based on distance traveled.[4]

In 2018, an engine exploded on a Southwest Airlines flight, killing one passenger. That was the first death of a passenger from an aircraft accident on Southwest (earlier passenger deaths were from other causes, such as heart attack and drug overdoses).

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