Southwest Airlines is a U.S. low-cost carrier and the world’s largest low-cost carrier. As of 2016, lowcoster Southwest Airlines has 719 aircraft carrying air passengers to 98 destinations. Southwest Airlines was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.
The lowcoster received its current name in 1971. During its peak season in 2016, Southwest Airlines flew more than 3,900 flights daily.
In addition to local U.S. flights, the lowcoster flies to 7 other countries, including 3 airports in Cuba.
It was this carrier that pioneered the formation of such a concept as a “low cost” airline.
Southwest Airlines’ fleet consists of 719 aircraft of such makes and models:
Boeing 737-300, numbering 98, with a maximum capacity of up to 137-143 passengers.
Boeing 737-700, numbering 490, with a maximum capacity of up to 143 passengers.
Boeing 737-800, numbering 127, with a maximum capacity of up to 175 passengers.
Southwest Airlines also expects to receive an additional 306 aircraft.
Southwest Airlines destinations
As of August 2016, Southwest Airlines operated scheduled flights to 98 destinations in 41 U.S. states, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.
Southwest Airlines’ most popular destinations are domestic flights to Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Washington, Las Vegas, Dallas, Orlando, Phoenix, San Diego, Denver and San Francisco.