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May / June 2021


Since its inception, Southwest Airlines has almost exclusively operated Boeing 737s. The airline is the world’s largest operator of the type, and was the launch customer of the 737-300, 737-500, and 737-700. The dramatic Background with the Mount Rainier attests this long-lasting partnership.

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XX An Airline for Texas

DAVID H. STRINGER examines the creation and the initial growth of Southwest Airlines.

XX A Look into Southwest Specialties

From Flying Whales to Warrior Spirits, all the specialty liveries that Southwest Airlines created since its beginning, by ROBERTO LEIRO.

XX Southwest’s Other Boeings

The Boeing 737 has long been the backbone of the Southwest Airlines fleet. But there is a type in the fleet that is rarely accounted for. 

XX Thoughts on a Legend

Southwest is Herb D. Kelleher’s legacy. BRIAN LUSK, the airline’s de facto historian, shares his thoughts on what Herb achieved and how his legacy might yet improve leadership in the industry.

A colorfully illustrated highlight of the major news developments from North America and around the world, including new fleet changes, airlines, and paint schemes.

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