When it comes to getting all the information regarding your favorite airline or carrier, passengers do take a lot of interest to get aware of the less known facts and the interesting information regarding that. Well, when it comes to discussing the few little-known facts about the Southwest Airlines, the following points may increase your knowledge on that.
1) KNOWN BY AIR SOUTHWEST BEFORE 1971:-
The most interesting fact about the “Southwest Airlines” wasn’t the original name of the airline always. Until 1971, the airline was known by the name of “Air Southwest”.
2) SOLD ITS ONE OF THE FOUR BOEING 737s:-
A year after i.e. in the year 1972, the Southwest airline had to sell one of its four Boeing 737s in order to cover payroll.
3) INTRODUCED 10 MINUTE TURN:-
After that, the airline continued their operations of 4-aircraft schedule with 3 aircraft only. Then the carrier follows the “10-minute turn” to make the schedule work.
4) INCLUDE ONLY A FEW DESTINATIONS BEFORE:-
Till 1975, Southwest carrier only regulates its operations to destinations like Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.
5) BOEING STATUS:-
In the year 1984, Southwest took delivery of the very first Boeing 737-300. After that, the airline continued to operate more 737-300s which were more than any other airline in the world.
6) MORRIS AIR:-
In 1992, the airline acquired Morris Air. And the interesting story attached to it is that one of the founders of Morris Air was David Neeleman who later on starts JetBlue Airways.
7) 1st AIRLINE TO HAVE ITS OWN WEBSITE:-
Southwest was one of the first airlines to have a website and that is known by the name of “Southwest Airlines Home Gate”. It introduced it in the year 1995.
8) DEVELOPED PRESSURE WASHING SYSTEM:-
In 2008, Southwest Airline teamed with Pratt and Whitney who developed a pressure-washing system which let the carrier to clean its engine turbine blades at the gate only. But the main fact linked to it is that this whole technique improves the fuel efficiency by 1.9% with the system.
9) LARGEST POINT TO POINT OPERATOR:-
One of the best features of the airline is that it is the largest “point to point” operator in the US. This is the reason why the airline has its 80 percent of the passengers as locals and only around 20 percent are linked to the connecting flight.
10) ONE OF LARGEST OPERATOR OF BOEING:-
Currently, Southwest is one of the world’s largest operators of Boeing 737s and supports 614 aircraft in service.
OTHER INTERESTING FACTS:
- Southwest Airline consumed around 1.5 BILLION gallons of jet fuel in the year 2008.
- Talking about the shortest Southwest flight on daily basis, it is between Ft. Myers and Orlando which includes a total of 133 miles. And the longest daily Southwest flight is between Baltimore and San Diego which consumed a total of 2295 miles.
- Southwest Airlines has also shown a consistently better performance in terms of the lowest ratio of complaints per passengers. It shows a prominent performance among all the other Major U.S. carriers when calculated on the basis of statistics as per the reports of the Department of Transportation since September 1987.
- The unique fact is that Southwest Airline has 1,328 married couples in total. That means the total of 2,656 Southwest Employees has spouses who also work for the same Company.
1.> What is unique about Southwest Airlines?
ANS:- Southwest’s boarding process is possibly one of the most unique experiences among all airlines. You aren’t assigned a seat when you purchase your ticket or when you check in. Instead, you are assigned a boarding group when you check in. Check in opens exactly 24 hours before your flight leaves.
2.> Why is Southwest so popular?
ANS:- Southwest airlines are quite popular among travelers and one of the reasons is its affordable flight tickets. If you are looking for affordable flight journey, there is no better option than Southwest Airlines as it offers fares at a comparatively reasonable price.
3.> Why is Southwest so expensive?
ANS:- Because it is a popular airline for business travelers. In large part this is due to being able to change your flight without a fee. This was among the principal reasons I fly them often for work. The change fees on other airlines are so out of control, they’re often more than the fare itself.