Southwest Airlines Among FORTUNE's World's Most Admired Companies

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Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) today was named to FORTUNE's 2019 list of World's Most Admired Companies. Southwest ranks No.11 on the list.

"It is an incredible honor to be on this list once again," said Gary Kelly, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Southwest Airlines. "I am so very proud of our Employees, and the credit goes entirely to them."

FORTUNE collaborated with partner Korn Ferry on this survey of corporate reputation, and asked executives, directors, and security analysts from around the world to rate which companies they admired most. Voters were able to select any company in any industry that ranked in the top 25 percent of last year's survey, along with those that finished in the top 20 percent of their industry.

In its 48th year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other air carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by more than 58,000 Employees to a Customer base topping 120 million passengers annually. Southwest became the nation's largest domestic air carrier in 2003 and maintains that ranking based on the U.S. Department of Transportation's most recent reporting of domestic originating passengers boarded. In peak travel seasons, Southwest operates more than 4,000 weekday departures among a network of 99 destinations in the United States and 10 additional countries. Southwest has announced its intention to serve Hawaii, subject to requisite governmental approvals.

Southwest coined Transfarency® to describe its purposed philosophy of treating Customers honestly and fairly, and low fares actually staying low. Southwest is the only major U.S. airline to offer bags fly free® to everyone (first and second checked pieces of luggage, size and weight limits apply, some carriers offer free checked bags on select routes or in qualified circumstances), and there are no change fees, though fare differences might apply.

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