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Southwest Airlines Is 2015 Airline of The Year

Southwest Airlines® (NYSE: LUV) is the 2015 Airline of the Year, according to Air Transport World (ATW), a Penton company. In selecting Southwest as Airline of the Year, ATW editors cited Southwest*s extraordinary and consistent standards of service, financial performance, safety, and environmental and corporate responsibility. In particular, for the first time in 14 years, Southwest achieved its 15 percent return on invested capital target, before taxes and excluding special items, reporting 17.1 percent1 for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014. Southwest remains the world*s only airline that can claim 41 consecutive years of profitability. And, it has maintained the highest of standards through its merger-acquisition with AirTran Airways, marking Southwest*s transition to serving international destinations.

**On behalf of the People of Southwest Airlines, I am delighted that our airline has been selected by ATW as Airline of the Year,** said Gary Kelly, Southwest Airlines Chairman, President, and CEO. **This is a prestigious honor, and I am proud for all of our Employees. They have done an extraordinary job transforming Southwest over the past decade, which has culminated in a year of historic achievements. Because of their Warrior Spirits, Southwest now flies to international destinations; Dallas Love Fieldhas been set free from the Wright Amendment; AirTran will be fully integrated in just days; and LUV has reached lifetime highs. We celebrated this year with a bold new look to our brand and aircraft livery. This award is, truly, icing on the cake!**

**CEO Gary Kelly*s leadership has allowed the airline to become the USA*s largest in terms of originating domestic passengers, as well as one of the world*s safest airlines. With Gary at the helm, Southwest said goodbye to the Wright Amendment and hello to international destinations—massive milestones. All of this while delivering a financial performance that is the envy of airlines worldwide and customer service that is renowned for its hospitality. I sincerely congratulate Gary and the entire Southwest Airlines team,** ATW editor-in-chief Karen Walker said.

The ATW awards will be officially presented by ATW Editors at a gala dinner in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 25, 2015.

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