How Gary Kelly Changed Southwest Airlines

How Gary Kelly Changed Southwest Airlines

Southwest AIrlines CEO Gary Kelly talks to the media at the groundbreaking ceremony of Southwest's future international terminal at Houston Hobby Airport in 2013.The first flight Gary Kelly ever took, to anywhere, was on Southwest Airlines in 1972. He was heading to Houston to visit Rice University, which was recruiting him for its football team. As you might imagine, the six-foot-three quarterback of San Antonio’s Churchill High School took considerable notice of the all-female crew of flight attendants, then called hostesses, who were outfitted in fire-orange hot pants. But, years later, he also recalled that on that Saturday-morning flight, “There were two other people on the plane besides me. So, I thought, this company isn’t going to be around very long.” Kelly didn’t play for Rice. Instead he got an accounting degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He ended up going to work for Southwest in…View Original Post

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