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A few recent SWA Stats. 3 rd most admired company according to F ORTUNE Magazine in 2006 ; 5 th in 2007

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A few recent swa stats
A few recent SWA Stats

  • 3rd most admired company according to FORTUNE Magazine in 2006 ; 5th in 2007

  • FORTUNE has ranked Southwest Airlines in the top five of the “Best Companies to Work For” in America. Southwest ranked first in 1997 and 1998, second in 1999, and fourth in 2000. Southwest has chosen not to participate since 2000.

  • In 2005, The American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) recognized Southwest Airlines as leading the industry in customer satisfaction. The ACSI, conducted by the University of Michigan, independently tracks customer satisfaction levels by measuring the household consumption experience.


  • Southwest Airlines carried more Customers than any other U.S. airline in August 2006, marking the first time that Southwest Airlines has topped the monthly list for combined domestic and international passengers, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics.


  • BusinessWeek U.S. airline in August 2006, marking the first time that Southwest Airlines has topped the monthly list for combined domestic and international passengers, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics. along with The Boston Consulting Group named Southwest Airlines in their 2006 Top 25 ranking of “The Worlds Most Innovative Companies.” Southwest was included in the list for being “a whiz at wielding operational improvements to outfly its competitors.”


Fortune s most admired
Fortune’s Most Admired U.S. airline in August 2006, marking the first time that Southwest Airlines has topped the monthly list for combined domestic and international passengers, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

  • Southwest Airlines # 5

  • Starbucks #2

  • FedEx # 6

  • General Electric #1


Dimensions
Dimensions U.S. airline in August 2006, marking the first time that Southwest Airlines has topped the monthly list for combined domestic and international passengers, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

  • People Management

  • Quality of Management

  • Innovation

  • Investment value

  • Use of assets

  • Quality of products/services


SWA U.S. airline in August 2006, marking the first time that Southwest Airlines has topped the monthly list for combined domestic and international passengers, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

  • Highest shareholder return of any stock (1972-1992)

    • Return of over 21,000%

    • Consistently profitable, even when other airlines sought bankruptcy protection

  • Market share gains

    • California 45%, up from 0% in 1989

  • Turnover: 4.5% versus 9.5% industry avg.


SWA U.S. airline in August 2006, marking the first time that Southwest Airlines has topped the monthly list for combined domestic and international passengers, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

  • Employees per aircraft (1998)

    • SWA: 94, United & American: 160

    • Industry: 135

  • Passengers served per employee

    • SWA: 2,443

    • Industry: 840

  • Customer service

    • Triple Crown winner

      • On-time performance

      • Fewest lost bags

      • Fewest customer complaints


SWA U.S. airline in August 2006, marking the first time that Southwest Airlines has topped the monthly list for combined domestic and international passengers, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

  • Safest airline in the world (of the 85 major world airlines)

  • Top company to work for in Fortune Magazine’s list of the “100 Best Companies to Work for in America”

  • In 2006 hired 3,363 people and received 284, 827 applications

    • About 1% of applicants are hired


SWA U.S. airline in August 2006, marking the first time that Southwest Airlines has topped the monthly list for combined domestic and international passengers, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

  • Employees at the gate

    • One agent, ground crew of 6 (SWA)

    • Three agents, ground crew of 12 (Avg.)

  • Aircraft turnaround time

    • 15 minutes (SWA)

    • 30 minutes (CA Lite)


Swa questions
SWA Questions U.S. airline in August 2006, marking the first time that Southwest Airlines has topped the monthly list for combined domestic and international passengers, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

  • Why is this company so successful?

  • Why hasn’t the competition been able to imitate them, or to achieve their level of success?

    • “the business model is understandable by any 3-year-old.” (Tom Peters)

    • How has the company been able to grow to its current size (32,000 employees) and to deliver consistent performance over such a long time?


Swa quotes
SWA Quotes U.S. airline in August 2006, marking the first time that Southwest Airlines has topped the monthly list for combined domestic and international passengers, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

  • “They can imitate the airplanes. They can imitate the ticket counters and all the other hardware…..But they can’t duplicate the people of Southwest and their attitudes.”

    • Kelleher


Competitive advantage through people
Competitive Advantage U.S. airline in August 2006, marking the first time that Southwest Airlines has topped the monthly list for combined domestic and international passengers, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Through People

  • Founder’s philosophy & leadership style

  • Recruitment & Selection

    • What do they look for in selecting people?

      • Who is involved in interview process?

      • How do they respond to those who are not selected? Why?


Competitive advantage through people1
Competitive Advantage U.S. airline in August 2006, marking the first time that Southwest Airlines has topped the monthly list for combined domestic and international passengers, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Through People

  • Training & Socialization

    • Information sharing

      • Monthly statistics on costs, operations, and financial data

      • Keeps employees focused and builds trust

    • Importance of satisfied customers

      • For every customer who complains, 25 remain silent

      • Each unhappy person tells 12 others

  • Top Management

    • People department

    • Behaviors, values, attitudes, etc..


Swa additional info
SWA: U.S. airline in August 2006, marking the first time that Southwest Airlines has topped the monthly list for combined domestic and international passengers, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics. additional info

  • Who is the most unionized airline in the United States?

  • Information sharing

    • Monthly statistics on costs, operations, and financial data

      • Keeps employees focused and builds trust

    • Importance of satisfied customers

      • For every customer who complains, 25 remain silent

      • Each unhappy person tells 12 others


Swa the competition
SWA: The Competition U.S. airline in August 2006, marking the first time that Southwest Airlines has topped the monthly list for combined domestic and international passengers, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

  • Start-up imitators

    • America West (had been bankrupt), Reno Air

    • Morris Air (bought by SWA), Kiwi Air

    • Jet Blue?

  • Majors

    • Continental Lite (lasted two years)

    • United Shuttle (backed out of 40% of routes it shared with SWA)

    • Delta Song

    • TED of United


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