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Southwest Airlines is an industry-leading low-cost carrier headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Southwest began service in 1971 and now operates more than 550 Boeing 737 aircraft on routes to over 70 cities in more than 35 U.S. states. Southwest is the largest U.S. carrier based on the number of domestic passengers carried. In 2011, Southwest Airlines acquired AirTran Airways, and the companies continue to integrate their operations. Southwest was a pioneer in the low-cost carrier space, and effectively invented the low-cost business model especially with regard to operating a single configuration fleet and eliminating traditional benefits such as seat assignments and meals.
Southwest Airlines provides one-class service on its flights.
Non-alcoholic beverages and snacks are complimentary, and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase.
Southwest is in the process of installing satellite-delivered broadband on its fleet, which will be available for a fee. There is a free internet portal that provides limited content, including games, shopping and a flight tracker. Voice applications (VOIP) will not be available.
Southwest Airlines' fleet includes the following aircraft types*:
*Please note that Southwest may have several configurations of a specific aircraft type, so please check SeatGuru for seat map information and recommendations on the best seats for your flight.
Southwest Airlines partners with the Mexican carrier Volaris to provide connecting service to destinations in Mexico.
Rapid Rewards is Southwest Airlines' frequent flyer loyalty program.