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.
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Southwest Airlines: Herb Kelleher

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Southwest Airlines: Herb Kelleher

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Southwest Airlines: Herb Kelleher

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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.

Herb Kelleher spent years in courtrooms to get the first Southwest Airline plane off the ground — but he loved the challenge. Andrew Holder for NPR hide caption

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Herb Kelleher spent years in courtrooms to get the first Southwest Airline plane off the ground — but he loved the challenge.

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