A Snapshot of Southwest Airlines
Started in 1971 by Herb Kelleher, Southwest Airlines Co. (Southwest Airlines), is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. In its 2017 annual report, Southwest Airlines reported annual net income of $3.5 billion. As of December 31, 2017, Southwest had 706 Boeing 737 aircraft serving 100 destinations in 40 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Jamaica, and other international destinations. According to information from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), as of September 2017, Southwest was the largest domestic air carrier of domestic-originating passengers in the U.S.
Southwest’s main routes are point-to-point service, in which passengers fly direct nonstop to their destinations. As of December 31, 2017, Southwest had 675 nonstop routes. Southwest Airlines uses Boeing 737 aircraft. During peak travel seasons, Southwest Airlines has more than 4,000 weekday departures and recently announced it intended to expand service to Hawaii.
In 2011, Southwest acquired AirTran Airways and by the end of 2014 had fully integrated AirTran.
At the end of 2017, Southwest had approximately 56,100 fulltime equivalent employees.
Southwest Airlines Crash and Incident History
The following is a list of major Southwest Airlines accidents and in-flight incidents:
Southwest Airlines Flight 1380, Philadelphia, PA, April 17, 2018
Southwest Airlines Flight 3472, Pensacola, FL, August 27, 2016
Southwest Airlines Flight 31, Nashville, TN, December 15, 2015
Southwest Airlines Flight 345, Queens, NY, July 22, 2013
Southwest Airlines Flight 812, Yuma AZ, April 1, 2011
Southwest Airlines Flight 2294, Charleston, WV, July 13, 2009
Southwest Airlines Flight 1248, Chicago, IL, December 8, 2005
Southwest Airlines Flight 1455, Burbank, CA, March 5, 2000
Southwest Airlines Accidents and Incidents Handled by Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman
Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, P.C. has handled cases against many of the largest airlines in the world, including the following Southwest Airlines crashes and incidents:
- Southwest Airlines Flight 812 – In-flight fuselage rupture (Yuma, Arizona). On April 1, 2011, Southwest Airlines Flight 812 experienced a rapid decompression due to a fuselage skin peel, forcing the flight crew to make an emergency landing in Yuma, Arizona. Multiple injuries were reported.
- Southwest Airlines Flight 1248 – Runway accident (Chicago, Illinois). On December 8, 2005, a Boeing 737-7H4 operating as Southwest Airlines Flight 1248 crashed during a botched landing attempt at Midway International Airport. The plane overran the runway and struck two passenger vehicles on a road adjacent to the airport. A young boy was killed and others were injured.
- Southwest Airlines Flight 1455 – Runway accident (Burbank, California). On March 5, 2000 a Boeing 737 operating as Southwest Airlines Flight 1455 overran the runway during a landing attempt at Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport. The NTSB concluded that the incident was caused by the flight crew attempting to land with excessive speed.
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