Southwest Airlines statement on technical glitch: 'We are experiencing technology issues today which is requiring us to process customers manually. Please arrive to the airport at least two hours prior to your scheduled flight time. We have teams across the system working diligently to determine a cause. We appreciate your patience while we work to resolve the issue' - @SouthwestAir
Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) is a major U.S. airline and the world's largest low-cost carrier, headquartered in Dallas, Texas. The airline was established in 1967 and adopted its current name in 1971. The airline has nearly 46,000 employees as of December 2014 and operates more than 3,800 flights per day. As of 2014, it carries the most domestic passengers of any U.S. airline. As of November 2015, Southwest Airlines has scheduled service to 97 destinations in 40 states, Puerto Rico, and abroad.
Southwest Airlines has used only Boeing 737s, except for several years in the 1970s and 1980s, when it leased some Boeing 727s from Braniff. As of August 2012, Southwest is the largest operator of the 737 worldwide with over 650 in service, each averaging six flights per day.