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Herbert D. Kelleher

Southwest Airlines Company

1967 - 2001

Transportation

1960 b. 1931
male
EducationTwoDegree
UndergraduateWesleyan University
GraduateLLB, New York University
Personal
Born-Died1931
BirthplaceNew Jersey (NJ)
RaceWhite
FatherExecutive, High-Level
Era - 1960

Kelleher is the founder of a low cost and highly profitable airline. Southwest has refined the low-cost, no-frills, no-reserved seats approach to air travel, providing over 2,300 flights daily to about 52 cities in 26 states, with a fleet of 280 aircraft. The company uses only fuel-efficient Boeing 737s in order to reduce pilot training and maintenance cost. The airline is known for its participative corporate culture and a strike-free, unbroken record of consistent profit.