In 1967, Herb Kelleher founded Southwest Airlines. Prior to this, flying was a luxury and only those that were wealthy or traveling for business used airplanes. With the start of Southwest Airlines, the industry changed. The Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship, Growth, and Renewal was founded in 2001 to provide resources to others with an entrepreneurial spirit and encourage innovation; Herb’s vision and passion for positive change are reflected in the Center, both in name and spirit.
How I Built This | Southwest Airlines: Herb Kelleher
In 1968, competitors sued to keep Herb Kelleher's new airline grounded. After a 3-year court fight, the first plane took off from Dallas. Today Southwest Airlines operates nearly 4,000 flights a day.