Herb Kelleher, Southwest Airlines Co-Founder dies at 87

Herb Kelleher, the co-founder of a low-cost pioneering carrier named Southwest Airlines Co., died at the age of 87 on Thursday. He helped build this industry into a powerhouse stamped along with his unconventional and colorful personality.

This setup of the Southwest Airlines Co. started with Kelleher and Rollin King together working for 50+years. The first flight by the airlines started on June 1971. King died back in the year 2014 at the age of 83. This Dallas-based Southwest Airlines holds popularity pending its wholesome quirky culture that is closely related to the maverick image of Kelleher. The airlines grew fast enough right from a local carrier to one among the largest in the U.S.

This airline opted for short flights named point-to-point as opposed to hub-and-spoke model opted by the rivals. The airline also used single aircraft model named Boeing Co’s 737 in order to cut down the cost and complexity from opting for various airlines. In a tweet posted Friday, Ryanair, the Chief Executive mentioned that Kelleher was the “Grand Master Yoda” for low-fare based airlines.

He also added that Kelleher was a visionary, leader, and teacher. He mentioned that Herb was an essential force behind the possibility of low-fares based airlines.