Southwest is the United States' most successful low fare carrier


... as of November 7, 2010:
About the Company
Southwest Airlines was incorporated in Texas and commenced Customer Service on June 18, 1971, with three Boeing 737 aircraft serving three Texas cities-Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio. Today, Southwest operates 547 Boeing 737 aircraft among 72* cities. Southwest topped the monthly domestic originating passenger rankings for the first time in May 2003. Yearend results for 2009 marked Southwest's 37th consecutive year of profitability. Southwest became a major airline in 1989 when it exceeded the billion-dollar revenue mark. Southwest is the United States' most successful low fare, high frequency, point-to-point carrier. Southwest operates more than 3,100 flights a day coast-to-coast, making it the largest U.S. carrier based on domestic passengers carried as of June 30, 2010.

* Service to South Carolina through Charleston and Greenville-Spartanburg will begin March 13, 2011; service to New Jersey through Newark will begin March 27, 2011.

Daily Departures - More than 3,100 flights a day.

Employees - Nearly 35,000 total Employees throughout the Southwest system.

Stock - Common stock is traded under the symbol "LUV" on the NYSE.

2009 Financial Statistics
Net income: $99 million
Net income, excluding special items: $143 million
Total passengers carried: 86 million
Total RPMs: 74.5 billion
Average passenger load factor: 76 percent
Total operating revenue: $10.4 billion

Cities Served - Southwest flies to 72* cities in 37* states.
(View City Chart)
* Service to South Carolina through Charleston and Greenville-Spartanburg will begin March 13, 2011; service to New Jersey through Newark will begin March 27, 2011.

Fleet - Southwest currently operates 547 Boeing 737 jets (as of September 30, 2010). (View Chart)

Fleet Type / Number / Seats
737-300 / 173 / 137
737-500 / 25 / 122
737-700 / 349 / 137

- The Company's fleet has an average age of approximately 11 years.
- The average aircraft trip length is 653 miles with an average duration of one hour and 52 minutes.
- Southwest aircraft fly an average of 6 flights per day, or almost 10 hours and 51 minutes per day.
- Southwest was the launch customer for the Boeing 737-700 in 1997. Southwest was also a launch customer for the Boeing 737-500 and 737-300 series aircraft.
- Southwest recently completed updating its original color scheme of gold, red, and orange paint with the addition of Canyon Blue. Three Next-Generation Boeing 737 aircraft will continue flying with a commemorative livery of Desert Gold to honor the carrier's original three cities-Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.
- Performance- enhancing Blended Winglets have been added to our fleet of 737-700s, and all new 737-700 aircraft arrive from Boeing with Blended Winglets installed.
- Additionally, Southwest began installation of Blended Winglets on some of our 737-300 aircraft in early 2007; installation of Blended Winglets on these aircraft was completed as of the end of second quarter 2010.
- Southwest tested WiFi on four of our airplanes, and in late 2009, we made the decision to begin installing satellite-delivered broadband from our WiFi provider, Row 44, on the rest of our fleet. We currently estimate that our entire fleet will be WiFi enabled in the 2013 timeframe.

Top Ten Airports by Departures (As of November 7, 2010) (View Chart)

Cities / Daily Departures / Number of Gates / Nonstop Cities Served / Established Las Vegas / 212 / 19 / 54 / 1982
Chicago Midway / 208 / 29 / 52 / 1985
Phoenix / 173 / 24 / 47 / 1982
Baltimore/Washington / 160 / 20 / 43 / 1993
Denver / 141 / 17 / 42 / 2006
Houston Hobby / 127 / 17 / 30 / 1971
Dallas (Love Field) / 125 / 15 / 15 / 1971
Los Angeles (LAX) / 110 / 11 / 21 / 1982
Oakland / 103 / 13 / 19 / 1989
Orlando / 91 / 12 / 32 / 1996

Customer Support & Services Centers - Southwest Airlines currently operates six Customer Support and Services Centers located in Albuquerque, Chicago, Houston, Phoenix, Oklahoma City, and San Antonio.

Fun Facts
- Southwest received 90,043 resumes and hired 831 new Employees in 2009.
- In 2009 Southwest served 63.2 million cans of soda, juices, and water; 14.3 million alcoholic beverages; 14 million bags of pretzels; 90 million bags of peanuts; 17.7 million
- Select-A-Snacks; and 33.5 million other snacks.
- Southwest consumed approximately 1.4 billion gallons of jet fuel in 2009.
- In 2009, Southwest moved 182 million pounds of cargo.
- The shortest daily Southwest flight is between Ft. Myers (RSW) and Orlando (MCO) (133 miles). The longest daily Southwest flight is between Providence (PVD) and Las Vegas (LAS) (2,363 miles).
- Southwest has 1,164 married couples. In other words 2,328 Southwest Employees have spouses who also work for the Company.

As of November 12, 2010, Customers can book service from 20 Southwest Cities to five Volaris Mexican destinations (Cancun, Guadalajara, Morelia, Toluca/Mexico City, and Zacatecas), for travel starting December 1, 2010. The new service will connect through Los Angeles International Airport, Oakland International Airport, and San Jose International Airport and will create up to 85 additional flight itineraries.

For the nine months of 2010, online bookings reached 81 percent via
More than 10 million people subscribe to Southwest's weekly Click 'N Save e-mails.
For the nine months of 2010, approximately 79 percent of Southwest Customers are checking in online or at a kiosk.

66 percent of Fortune 500 Companies are enrolled in SWABIZ.
Southwest was the first airline to establish a home page on the Internet. Initially, five Employees comprised Southwest's web site development team, and the site took about nine months to create.

In September 2010, was the 2nd largest travel site and largest airline site in terms of unique visitors (source: Comscore MediaMetrix). Nielsen/Netratings also reported that was the largest airline site in terms of unique visitors.
The "Southwest Shortcut" feature on is the first online tool that helps Customers find the lowest fare based on availability over an entire month.

DING!, a downloadable desktop application, available for both PC and MAC users, was introduced in February 2005, to notify Customers of exclusive hot offers. Southwest was the first airline to implement this type of tool. Additionally, a mobile version of DING!, for the iPhone®, was introduced in December 2009.

In addition to flights, Customers are also able to make car, hotel, cruise, and complete vacation package reservations on

- Southwest's Average passenger fare is $129.97 one-way, and the average passenger trip length is about 883 miles.
- Southwest Airlines has consistently received the lowest ratio of complaints per passengers boarded of all Major U.S. carriers that have been reporting statistics to the Department of Transportation (DOT) since September 1987, which is when the DOT began tracking Customer Satisfaction statistics and publishing its Air Travel Consumer Report.
- The airline adopted the first profitsharing plan in the U.S. airline industry in 1973. Through this plan and others, Employees own about 5 percent of the Company stock.
- The airline is about 83*percent unionized.
(*This percentage represents a total Employee headcount of fulltime and parttime, active and inactive Employees who are unionized.)
- Southwest Airlines is a member of the FORTUNE 500.
- The Ronald McDonald House program, cornerstone of the Ronald McDonald Children's Charities, is the primary corporate charity of Southwest Airlines. Annually, the Company sponsors the Southwest Airlines LUV Classic golf tournament and Party golf tournament whose proceeds benefit various Ronald McDonald Houses totaling close to $12 million over the past 25 years.
- Southwest was one of very few companies in the United States to produce an integrated report on the triple bottom line of Performance, People, and Planet. The 2009 Southwest Airlines One Report.™
- Harvard University wrote the first case study on integrated reporting about Southwest Airlines and its 2009 Southwest Airlines One Report™. The case was taught for the first time in October 2010.
- In October 2009, Southwest Airlines introduced the "Green Plane," a test for eco-friendly cabin materials that are recyclable and lighter weight, saving up to five pounds per seat thus saving fuel and reducing emissions.

- Southwest Airlines was recognized as a Top Employer in G.I. Job's 2011 list of Top 100 Military Friendly Employers.
- Southwest Airlines was listed in Computerworld's 2010 "Best Places to Work in IT."
- In November 2010, Southwest Airlines was listed as one of the Top 50 Companies Recognized as Leaders in Corporate Social Responsibility by the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship and Reputation Institute.
- In October 2010, Southwest Airlines was named the recipient of the Williams Trophy for Southwest's environmental stewardship and leadership in Required Navigational Performance. The Williams Trophy is awarded to recognize leadership and vision in aviation or Space that has enriched the quality of life on Earth.
- In October 2010, Southwest was ranked #142 on the list of 500 on Newsweek's 2010 Green Rankings.
- In October 2010, was inducted into PRNews' Hall of Fame after winning Best Corporate Blog for three years in a row.
- In October 2010, Anna Aero awarded Southwest Airlines with the Anna Aero US Annie Prize 2010 for the "Airline with the Most New Routes."
- In September 2010, Southwest Airlines was listed among the Top 60 companies for Diversity by Hispanic Business magazine.
- In July 2010, Executive Travel named Southwest Airlines the "Best North American Low Cost Airline" in the 2010 Leading Edge Awards.
- In June 2010, the American Customer Satisfaction Index ranked Southwest Airlines number one among all airlines for the 17th year in a row.
- In May 2010, Southwest Airlines was named as one of MSN Money's "10 Companies That Treat You Right."
- In May 2010, Southwest Airlines ranked seventh-up from tenth in 2009-in MSN Money's Customer Service Hall of Fame.
- In May 2010, Southwest Airlines was recognized by Smarter Traveler as having the most generous awards availability by having seats available for 99.3 percent of the award trips.
- In April 2010, Southwest Airlines was added to the Los Angeles Business Journal's 2010 Business Hall of Fame.
- In April 2010, Southwest Airlines ranked as the top-rated brand among the nation's small-and midsized-business owners and top executives, in the Biz Journals Digital Network, for a second year in a row.
- In April 2010, Southwest Airlines ranked #4 among airlines and#12 among all industries, on FORTUNE Magazine's annual list of the World's Most Admired Companies.
- In March 2010, Outside Magazine ranked Southwest Airlines #12 in their Editor's Choice Awards.
- In March 2010, Southwest Airlines was awarded the Diamond Award, at the Air Cargo World awards ceremony, with the highest overall airline score leading all airlines in the Performance and Value categories.
- In February 2010, Southwest Airlines was recognized in Business Week's list of "Customer Service Champs."
- In February 2010, Business Week released its 2009 Top 20 Best Companies for Leadership list-Southwest Airlines ranked #2!
- In January 2010, Southwest Airlines was recognized by for having one of the Top 10 Internships in America for 2010.
- In December 2009, Southwest Airlines topped the list of the 50 best U.S. places to work by
- In November 2009, Southwest Airlines was named Best Low Cost/No Frills Airline in the OAG Airline Industry Awards. Additionally, Southwest Airlines was named as a finalist for Best Airline based in North America.
- In November 2009, Southwest Airlines was recognized with an InfoWorld 100 Award for its Automated Outbound Messaging (AOM) system.
- In November 2009, Zagat named Southwest Airlines Best Value-Domestic; Best Consumer Ontime Estimates-Domestic; and Best Luggage Policy-Domestic.
- In November, 2009, Southwest Airlines was recognized as Favorite Domestic Airline and ranked #1 in Best Customer Service, Best Airfare Prices, Best On-Time Service, Best Baggage Service, and Best Value Frequent Flier program, among others, in the 2009 Reader's Choice Awards by Smarter Travel.
- Southwest Airlines Cargo was recognized for its excellence in air cargo for the sixth straight year, named "Airline of the Year" by the Express Delivery & Logistics Association (XLA). Southwest Airlines has placed on XLA's Airline of the Year list for nine consecutive years. In addition, Southwest Cargo won XLA's award for Excellence in web site and technology.
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Southwest Airlines to star in TV series
Southwest Airlines Co. says production will start this week on a TV series that will provide a behind-the-scenes look at air travel.

The airline said Thursday that the TLC network has ordered 13 half-hour episodes from ITV Studios America. There's no title or broadcast dates yet.
Southwest said the show will feature customer and employee stories at Southwest. If that sounds like a rerun, Southwest was also the setting for a show called "Airline," that ran on the A&E network and featured vignettes about employees and passengers.

More recently, The CW network aired "Fly Girls," featuring young flight attendants for Virgin America, and ABC-TV is currently running a dramatic series called "Pan Am," which seeks to capitalize on nostalgia for the iconic airline's glory days in the 1960s.,0,3678151.story
Reality show begins filming next week at BWI
Coming program on TLC promises a behind-the-scenes look at Southwest Airlines

By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun
9:32 a.m. EST, November 18, 2011

Passengers at BWI-Marshall might notice camera crews scurrying around concourses A and B next week when a new reality TV show about air travel begins shooting at the airport.
The so-far unnamed show, from TLC, claims to give TV viewers unprecedented access into the day-to-day inner workings of Southwest Airlines, by far BWI's largest carrier.
The bit of celebrity comes at an opportune time for the airline, as it's in the middle of consolidating with BWI's No. 2 carrier, AirTran.

It's also casts a spotlight on the airport as it undergoes a major expansion that will transform its central section, including parts that have been unchanged since its opening in 1950.
"It's a good opportunity to showcase BWI and the region," said Jonathan Dean, airport spokesman.

Air travel shows are not a new experiment, and Southwest in particular seems as fond of the cameras as one of the Kardashians. In 2004, an A&E network show, "Airline," followed a similar premise to the new show, chronicling the daily misadventures of passengers and the personal lives of Southwest's employees. D-list celebrities, including Sisqo, lead-singer of 90s Baltimore R&B group Dru-Hill, and Latin television star Charo, both made appearances. The show lasted three seasons.

The airline's' latest reality TV gambit comes as another air travel show, the fictional series "Pan Am" is debuted this fall on ABC.
The show also coincides as the airline adjusts to a significant development. In May, Southwest and AirTran merged. They are waiting to hear from the Federal Aviation Administration on whether they can fly under one name.
For TLC, flying is an experience it thinks its viewers will relate to.

"Air travel has become incredibly accessible, and as a result, millions of travelers navigate the challenges of the airport, especially during the upcoming holiday season," network general manager Amy Winter said in a statement.
Dean said the airline approached the airport about the project several weeks ago.

"With BWI as one of Southwest's largest markets, it makes sense to shoot it here," he said.

Management was comfortable with the production because the airline is its biggest carrier. And, over the years, the airport has served as a filming location for several productions, including "The Wire," "Twelve Monkeys," starring Brad Pitt, and "Home for the Holidays," with Holly Hunter. "Airline" was shot mainly at BWI, Dean said.

For the new show, cameras will have access to all of the airlines' facilities, including its gates, air crafts and office space.
Dean said he did not anticipate customers would experience any delays in their travels because of the production.

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Southwest Airlines Named Top Military Friendly Employer by G.I. Jobs
Southwest Airlines is selected for a third year in a row and is the only airline to be included in the prestigious list

By Southwest Airlines
Published: Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011 - 8:10 am

DALLAS, Nov. 15, 2011 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) announced today that it has been designated a 2012 Top Military Friendly Employer® by G.I. Jobs. This marks the third consecutive year the Company has been included in the Top 100 Military Friendly Employers® list, which was drawn from a sample of 5,000 companies whose annual revenues exceeded $500 million. Criteria included the strength of company military recruiting efforts, the percentage of new hires with prior military service, retention programs, and company policies toward National Guard and Reserve service.

Some of Southwest's most accomplished, dynamic up-and-coming Employees transitioned from the military. Southwest Airlines looks for "military alumni" who are smart, innovative, responsible, team players and team builders, all common traits for those who have worn our country's military uniforms. Employees with military experience often cite their decision to join Southwest as a way to continue their service to the nation but in a different and challenging way.

"Our network is comprised of an amazing variety of backgrounds, experience, and uniqueness that gather together to form our Corporate Culture. This means Southwest benefits from richness in the diversity of ideas, knowledge, and actions," said Jeff Lamb, Southwest Airlines' Executive Vice President, Chief People and Administrative Officer. "Our success is directly linked to the best work-FORCE in the industry. We are proud of our Employees and we especially salute those who have served or are currently serving in the armed forces."

To honor its Employees and Customers who are currently serving or have served in the armed forces, Southwest Airlines is celebrating "Military Heroes Month" in November to show support for veterans and service members across the nation. By working with multiple nonprofit organizations throughout the month, the airline is saying thank you by giving back and helping to raise money to support military service members and their families.

Sample November Activities:
Nov. 23 - 26 - Home for the Holidays, San Diego

Southwest is partnering with Home for the Holidays (HFTH) to provide transportation for six Veterans and their families from their military base in San Diego to their family homes to share this special season together. HFTH is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to bring military families together during times of need, celebration, or life-changing events.

November - The Boot Campaign, Nationwide

Southwest has a strong relationship with The Boot Campaign, which provides an easy and tangible way for Americans to show appreciation for troops (both past and present), raise awareness of the challenges they face upon return, and donate funds to charities supporting their transition home. In early November, The Boot Campaign will debut a photo of Southwest Chief Executive Officer Gary Kelly wearing his combat boots. Visit

About Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines has a long history of supporting the men and women who fight for our Freedoms. G.I. Jobs Magazine has named Southwest Airlines one of the Top 100 Military Friendly Employers. After 40 years of service, Southwest Airlines continues to differentiate itself from other low fare carriers--offering a reliable product with exemplary Customer Service. Southwest Airlines is the nation's largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded, now serving 72 cities in 37 states, with the addition of Atlanta beginning Feb. 12, 2012. Southwest also is one of the most honored airlines in the world known for its commitment to the triple bottom line of Performance, People, and Planet. To read more about how Southwest is doing its part to be a good citizen, visit to read the Southwest Airlines One Report(TM). Based in Dallas, Southwest currently operates more than 3,400 flights a day and has more than 37,000 Employees systemwide.
Southwest Airlines Is Expanding Flight Destinations After AirTran Purchase

By Mary Jane Credeur - Nov 13, 2011 11:01 PM CT

Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV) is adding flights from Houston Hobby airport and Chicago Midway while its AirTran unit will begin service to Puerto Rico and Mexico as the carriers shuffle planes after their combination in May.

AirTran’s changes include domestic flights from Baltimore- Washington International to New Orleans, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle, and service from Denver to New York LaGuardia and the Ohio cities of Dayton and Akron-Canton, Southwest said yesterday in a statement.

Southwest is changing AirTran’s network to create more point-to-point flights to bigger cities and reduce reliance on less-profitable passengers who make connections. The AirTran unit has announced plans to drop service to 10 of the 71 cities it served before being bought by Southwest, and these new flights are being added in part by repositioning those jets.

“The demand is there, the fares are high, the financials on the routes look good,” Bob Jordan, president of the AirTran unit, said yesterday on a conference call with reporters. “In today’s economy, we wouldn’t be adding the routes if the routes didn’t make really strong financial sense.”
AirTran’s Puerto Rico flight will travel from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, to San Juan. New service to Mexico, which needs government approval, includes San Antonio to Cancun and Mexico City. More international flights are coming, Jordan said, without elaborating.

Houston Hobby Flights
Southwest’s new flights from Houston Hobby travel to Raleigh-Durham, Kansas City and Seattle. The Chicago Midway flight will go to Oklahoma City.

Southwest and AirTran must keep flying separately until the Federal Aviation Administration grants them a joint operating certificate in the first quarter of 2012. The carriers will begin codesharing and blending networks in mid-2012, Jordan said.

These changes build on a Nov. 11 announcement by AirTran that it will cease flying to five airports next year including Miami and Washington Dulles, because of rising fuel costs and sluggish demand. AirTran had previously started pruning its network to drop smaller unprofitable cities such as Asheville, North Carolina, before the Southwest purchase was completed.

Passengers who fly nonstop are more profitable than those who connect, and changes to AirTran’s network including its Atlanta hub may generate $750 million to $1 billion in new annual revenue for Southwest, Chief Executive Officer Gary Kelly said in an October interview. Those projections are already included in the airline’s $400 million target for so-called merger synergies, he said.

During the first quarter of this year, the last full period before the $1 billion AirTran deal was finished in May, Dallas- based Southwest reaped 11.99 cents for each passenger flown a mile, compared with 10.43 cents for AirTran, according to a regulatory filing.

About 75 percent of Southwest passengers fly nonstop, while only 35 percent flew that way on AirTran, according to data provided by Southwest.

Buying AirTran gave Southwest access to Atlanta, the biggest U.S. city it didn’t already serve, and a second fleet type with AirTran’s Boeing Co. 717 jets. It also eliminated AirTran as a low-fare competitor.
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Buckle Up, Take Out Your Tablet, and Tune In to TV

By Nancy Trejos, July 5, 2013 6:56AM

Southwest Airlines is letting passengers watch TV for free on their personal devices when they fly on the carrier's Wi-Fi enabled planes.
As a part of the "TV Flies Free" offer, which kicked off Monday, satellite TV provider Dish Network will offer customers 14 live TV channels and up to 75 on-demand shows on the airline's more than 425 Wi-Fi equipped planes, which is about 75% of its fleet. Previously, the service cost $5.

Passengers will be able to stream the content on their iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches and most other Internet-ready personal devices.
"Southwest Airlines continues to innovate and evolve our on-board customer experience," Kevin Krone, Southwest's chief marketing officer, says in a release.
"We started with Wi-Fi, and now have expanded to television. This new offer puts free television in the hands of our customers."

The service will be powered by Row 44, a provider of satellite-based in-flight Wi-Fi. Row 44 launched live TV on Southwest in summer 2012.
JetBlue Airways and Virgin America have offered free live TV for years, on seat-back screens.

Row 44 estimates that 90% of passengers now travel with personal devices and that the absence of seat-back screens makes the aircraft lighter by about five pounds per person.
The benefit to Dish is that it will be able to include advertisements within the viewed content throughout the flight.

John Walton, director of data for, says that Southwest is the first airline to combine live TV and wireless streaming to personal devices.
He says letting passengers stream content on their devices, vs. installing seatback TVs, saves the airline money.
But, he says, "the trick will be keeping people happy once their devices' batteries run down -- or stopping the batteries from running down with at-gate and on-board power ."

"Plugs and USB sockets ... are going to be increasingly important if fliers don't want to lug around a separate device for the flight," he says.
Southwest CEO: We won’t permit in-flight phone calls
By Dennis Schaal Published December 13, 2013 Skift

You can count Southwest Airlines among the U.S. airlines that won’t be allowing phone calls in the cabin if the Federal Communications Commission gives the go-ahead for airlines to do so.
Speaking at a Wings Club luncheon in Manhattan this after, Gary Kelly, the Southwest CEO and chairman, said 60% of customers in the airline’s surveys “totally oppose” in-flight phone calls. Kelly said he personally is against them, as well.

Although “things change,” Kelly said, “I don’t see it happening.”

Passengers don’t need to make phone calls in the cabin because they can communicate via text and email using Wi-Fi, Kelly said.
Southwest announced yesterday that it is the first U.S. airline to allow gate-to-gate messaging, via iMessage,, and it is the first to open Wi-Fi below 10,000 feet because its Row 44 Wi-Fi is satellite-based and has that capability.

Bags Fly Free

On other hot-button issues, Kelly hinted that there will be no near-term changes in the airline’s first two Bags Fly Free policy.
Kelly said Southwest studies the economics of various fees “very carefully,” and has found that the airline attracts more money and customers by “not nickel and diming our customers, and that is the plan going forward.”

“It is interesting to me how interested people are in the topic,” Kelly said.

Long-Haul Tyranny

Meanwhile, with the Wright Amendment expiring next year, Kelly said Southwest will launch service from Dallas Love Field to LaGuardia. Details of next year’s schedules will be announced during the first quarter.

“Long haul out of Dallas has long suffered from high fares, and I assure you they will be freed from that tyranny,” Kelly said.
Southwest receives 10,000 applications for 750 flight attendant jobs
Dec 24, 2013, 2:50pm EST
Jesse Burkhart
Digital Producer- Triangle Business Journal

Southwest Airlines is hiring 750 flight attendants for its national fleet, and it has a large pool of applicants from which to choose.
Bloomberg reports that Southwest, the largest carrier at Raleigh-Durham International Airport by passenger count, received 10,000 applications for 750 open flight attendant positions. For those doing the math at home, that's a rate of 80 per minute.
This is the first time that the Dallas, Texas-based airline has hired flight attendants from outside the company since 2011, according to the report. Dan Landson, a spokesman for Southwest, told Bloomberg that new hires at Southwest will earn about $24.39 an hour and work a minimum of 66 hours a month, and that hiring will be completed in the next year.
Landson added that Southwest is bolstering its staff as it anticipates the arrival of 55 Boeing Co. 737-800 jets in addition to the 44 it already flies.

Southwest (NYSE: LUV) shares were trading up by 0.2 percent as of mid-afternoon on Tuesday.
Southwest Airlines

From the USA since 1967
Slogan: "If it matters to you, it matters to us"

Southwest Airlines is a major U.S. airline and the world's largest low-cost carrier, headquartered in Dallas, Texas. The airline has 44,831 employees as of December 2013 and operates more than 3,400 flights per day. As of June 5, 2011, it carries the most domestic passengers of any U.S. airline. As of January 2014, Southwest Airlines has scheduled service to 89 destinations in 42 states and Puerto Rico.

Southwest Airlines solely operates Boeing 737s and as of August 2012, Southwest is the largest operator of the 737 worldwide with over 550 in service, each operating an average of six flights per day.

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