Southwest Airlines founder passes away

Southwest Airlines has announced it is mourning the passing of Southwest Airlines Founder and Chairman Emeritus Herbert D. Kelleher, who passed away on January 3 at the age of 87, the company said.

Herb was a pioneer, a maverick and an innovator. His vision revolutionized commercial aviation and democratized the skies. Herb´s passion, zest for life, and insatiable investment in relationships made lasting and immeasurable impressions on all who knew him and will forever be the bedrock and esprit de corps of Southwest Airlines.

Dallas-based Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) operates more than 4,000 weekday departures among a network of 99 destinations in the United States and 10 additional countries.