NPR Podcast: Herb Kelleher

The co-founder and former CEO of Southwest Airlines, Herb Kelleher, died this week at 87.

Herb shared his story with NPR in 2016, and they republished it as a tribute to his life and career, in which he transformed the US airline industry.

More than 50 years ago, 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 is the country’s largest domestic airline.

 

Remembering Herb Kelleher

 

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