Southwest Airlines CEO Herbert Kelleher, 87, has died


The man who helped bring discount plane tickets to America, one of the founders and former CEO of Southwest Airlines Herb Kelleher has died.

The business world is mourning the passing of the man who helped found Southwest Airlines. The airline says Herbert Kelleher died Thursday. 

Southwest Airlines first took flight in 1971 with routes connecting to Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston. 

Today, Southwest serves 99 U.S. airports and 10 additional countries with a fleet of more than 700 plane

Kelleher, who served as the airline’s Executive Chairman for more than 30 years, is credited with pioneering a low-cost short-haul model of air travel and helping to change the U.S. airline indsutry. 

At the time of his passing, Kelleher served as the airline’s Chairman Emeritus.

Herb Kelleher was 87. 

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