Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) began service in 1971 and continues to differentiate itself from other air carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by more than 55,000 Employees to nearly 125 million Customers annually. Southwest operates a network nearly 4,000 daily departures to 100+ destinations across the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America. Based on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s most recent data, Southwest is the nation’s largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded and it operates the world’s largest fleet of Boeing aircraft. It is the only major U.S. airline to offer bags fly free® and no change fees. Since 1971, Southwest Airlines launched an era of unprecedented affordability in air travel described by the U.S. Department of Transportation as “The Southwest Effect,” where low fares spark demand among travelers. With 44 consecutive years of profitability, Southwest is one of the most honored airlines in the world, known for a triple bottomline approach of keen attention to People, Performance and Planet. Learn more.