Southwest Airlines began as a small Texas airline but has grown to become one of the largest airlines in America. You can use Southwest promo code here to save on travel packages. Today, Southwest Airlines flies over 100 million passengers a year to 66 great cities all across the country, and they do this more than 3,200 times a day. With over 500 aircraft, Southwest has one of the youngest fleets in the nation, with an average age of approximately nine years. Included in the fleet are the following three: the “Shamu” aircraft; “Lone Star One,” painted like the Texas flag, to celebrate Southwest Airlines’ 20th Anniversary in a style and manner second to none; “Arizona One,” a symbol of the importance of the state of Arizona to Southwest Airlines; “California One,” a high-flying tribute to the state of California; “Silver One,” our 25th Anniversary plane; “Triple Crown One,” dedicated to the Employees of Southwest Airlines for their marvelous achievement of five consecutive annual Triple Crown awards; “Nevada One,” a high-flying tribute to the state of Nevada;
“New Mexico One,” also known as Zia, painted in the bright yellow of the New Mexico flag; “Maryland One,” emblazoned with an artist’s rendering of the Maryland flag; and the newest addition, “Slam Dunk One,” symbolizing Southwest’s special partnership with the National Basketball Association.
Southwest has consistently led the entire airline industry with the lowest ratio of complaints per passengers boarded. Many airlines have tried to copy Southwest’s business model, and the Culture of Southwest is admired and emulated by corporations and organizations in all walks of life. Always the innovator, Southwest pioneered Senior Fares, a same-day air freight delivery service, and Ticketless Travel. Southwest led the way with the first airline web page, the first-ever direct link to Customer’s computer desktops that delivers live updates on the hottest deals, and the first airline corporate blog, Nuts About Southwest. The “Share the Spirit “community programs make Southwest the hometown airline of every city they serve. Learn about Southwest Cares program.
Awards and Recognitions: 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, 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. Learn about Southwest Airlines community involvement programs. 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 Vault.com 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 Glassdoor.com.
Southwest Airlines was named Best Low Cost/No Frills Airline in the OAG Airline Industry Awards in November 2009. 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.
In November 2009, 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 2009, www.nutsaboutsouthwest.com was awarded “Best Blog” for the third year in a row at the PR News Platinum Awards. In September 2009, Southwest Airlines ranked #179 out of 500 in Newsweek’s Green Ranking of the 500 largest publicly traded companies in the US. Within the category of “Media, Travel & Leisure” Southwest ranked #17 out of 35 and was the highest ranking airline! In August 2009, Southwest Airlines was named Best Domestic Airline, Best Domestic Airline Customer Service, and Best Low Cost Carrier by Executive Travel magazine’s 2009 Leading Edge Awards.