– USA, TX – Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) announced today that Ron Ricks, 65, has been elected as Vice Chairman of the Board. Concurrently, Ricks announced that he is retiring from his position as Executive Vice President and Chief Legal and Regulatory Officer after serving as an Officer of Southwest Airlines for the past 29 years.

“Ron has provided counsel to Southwest Airlines since the early years of the Company, and I am delighted that he will continue to provide leadership and guidance through his role as Vice Chairman,” said Gary Kelly, Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer. Ricks will remain a non-Officer Employee of the Company to assist with the transition of complex legal projects and specialized governmental affairs issues. Before joining Southwest Airlines, Ricks was a partner in the San Antonio law firm founded by Herb Kelleher, working extensively on the Southwest Airlines account. Altogether, Ricks has represented Southwest since 1981.

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In its 45th year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other air carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by more than 47,000 Employees to more than 100 million Customers annually. Southwest operates more than 3,600 flights a day, serving 95 destinations across the United States and six additional countries. Southwest service to Belize City, Belize, begins Oct. 15, 2015, and to Liberia, Costa Rica, on Nov. 1, 2015, both routes are subject to foreign government approval.

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