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Southwest founder Herb Kelleher dies aged 87

Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:43 pm

My life was forever changed by this man! The saddest day in Southwest history.
Thank you HERB for everything.
R.I.P.

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Re: HERB R.I.P.

Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:45 pm

Whoa!
 
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Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:46 pm

I'm sorry, is this news just breaking? :(
 
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Re: HERB R.I.P.

Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:47 pm

Where do you see this?
 
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Re: HERB R.I.P.

Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:48 pm

IF true, it's sad, but what is the source?

Still, he's a legendary guy!
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Re: HERB R.I.P.

Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:50 pm

It is confirmed by Southwest on twitter. Rest in peace Herb Kelleher. What an absolute legend. I'm sure the honor of his life by Southwest will be extraordinary.

https://twitter.com/SouthwestAir/status ... 8117149698
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Re: HERB R.I.P.

Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:52 pm

Just saw Jon Ostrower tweet this. What a mark he made on the aviation industry. A titan.
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Re: HERB R.I.P.

Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:58 pm

tlecam wrote:
Just saw Jon Ostrower tweet this. What a mark he made on the aviation industry. A titan.


Right up there with Juan Trippe in my book ....:(
 
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Re: HERB R.I.P.

Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:59 pm

WOW!!! Condolences to his family.
 
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Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:02 pm

Moderators: Can you please update the title so that 'HERB' isn't in all capital letters.

Thanks

Sad day. May he rest in peace with our Heavenly Father.
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Re: HERB R.I.P.

Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:02 pm

RIP Herb, but he proves drinking can’t hurt ya too much.

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Re: HERB R.I.P.

Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:03 pm

Rest in Peace to a true legend
 
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Re: HERB R.I.P.

Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:04 pm

Lots of LUV to the Southwest Family and the Kelleher family. He will be missed greatly.
 
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Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:11 pm

Nice write up already posted in DFW local news;

https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Herb- ... 69121.html
 
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Re: HERB R.I.P.

Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:18 pm

Sooner787 wrote:
I'm sorry, is this news just breaking? :(


Yup.

https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Herb- ... 69121.html

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/sou ... er-dies-87


He was one of the industry's visionaries and a true character.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herb_Kelleher

RIP Herb. Fly like an eagle.

Someday I hope we'll meet over a bottle of Wild Turkey.
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Re: HERB R.I.P.

Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:19 pm

Wow, quite the shock to hear of his passing! Kelleher more than earned his place alongside aviation titans like Juan Trippe, C.R. Smith, Jack Frye, William Allen.
 
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Re: HERB R.I.P.

Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:20 pm

AA's Robert Crandall on Southwest:

"That place runs on Herb Kelleher's bullsh*t."

And Herb ran on Wild Turkey. Draw your own conlusions! :lol:

RIP to a true character and a REAL airline guy.
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Re: HERB R.I.P.

Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:20 pm

Rest in peace Mr. Kelleher.
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Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:21 pm

 
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Re: HERB R.I.P.

Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:25 pm

A sad day in aviation. What a guy! Shook his hand many times and cherish the memories. He took a potential failing start up, switched to jets, changed the route and mixed some Jack and peanuts in with it and look what you have today. Headed west no doubt......hope he doesn’t have to stop in SAT, ELP, PHX and LAX to get there....

Cheers Herb.
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Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:26 pm

Herb did a great job, RIP.

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Re: HERB R.I.P.

Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:28 pm

The best was "Herb's Airline", a 60 Minutes piece on Herb and WN that aired on May 27, 1990. Can't seem to find it on the Internet. They did a follow-up called "Herb and his airline", but the original one was better.
 
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Re: HERB R.I.P.

Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:28 pm

This is truly the saddest day in Southwest history. From a visionary note on a cocktail napkin this man started the best company in the airline business. He will be missed. RIP Herb. Much LUV and condolences to Herb's family and the fine employees of Southwest Airlines.
 
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Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:29 pm

If there was a Mount Rushmore of airline execs, he'd definitely be on it. RIP to a legend in the industry :tombstone:
 
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Re: HERB R.I.P.

Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:29 pm

Can we update the title to something more informative and grammatical, like "R.I.P. Herb Kelleher" or "Herb Kelleher has passed away at 87"
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Re: HERB R.I.P.

Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:36 pm

He built a great airline, and is one of the industry's legends. I've admired Southwest Airlines for a longtime, but it's only been in the last eight or so years they've been flying to EWR that I've had a chance to fly with them. Great company and culture.

Godspeed.
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Re: HERB R.I.P.

Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:40 pm

Rest in Peace to a true aviation pioneer. He will be missed. His impact on the industry will be felt for a long, long time.
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Re: HERB R.I.P.

Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:41 pm

OzarkD9S wrote:
AA's Robert Crandall on Southwest:

"That place runs on Herb Kelleher's bullsh*t."



Crandall could only wish for Herb's labor relations and company spirit.

My favorite Crandall quote when the president of Braniff, Howard Putnam, objected to the famously-profane Crandall's telephoned proposal, during a ruinous fair war between the two, for Putnam to raise his fares 20 percent, and "I'll raise mine the next morning." Putnam, who was recording the conversation, was horrified by this brazen suggestion of fare collusion, which violated Federal law, and exclaimed, "Mr. Crandall, we can't talk about pricing!"

"Oh, (expletive), Howard. We can talk about any goddamn thing we want to talk about."

As a decision from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals later described, Putnam did not raise his fares 20 percent. Instead, he sent a copy of the tape to the US Attorney's office.

Herb was a very different kind of leader than most airline executives. I would have very much enjoyed working for him, I expect.
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Re: HERB R.I.P.

Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:41 pm

Indeed the passing of a legend.

RIP, Herb, and my condolences to all his friends and loved ones.
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Re: HERB R.I.P.

Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:44 pm

Very sad day, RIP Herb! Hope God has a Kool Cigarette and Cocktail waiting for you!
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Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:47 pm

RIP Mr .Kelleher a true aviation innovator and visionary. From a concept on cocktail napkin to an airline that started with 3 planes and 12 flights per day to 700 plus fleet and over 100 domestic and international destinations. Well done. Thank you for so many excellent flights on your airline
 
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Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:50 pm

Can't imagine what the industry would look like today without Southwest and Herb. New airlines don't come around often, let alone to the size WN is today.

People may or may not have liked the original Southwest...may or may not not like the current Southwest...but it's hard to argue against the success WN has had since its founding by Herb.
 
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Re: HERB R.I.P.

Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:52 pm

737max8 wrote:
Can we update the title to something more informative and grammatical, like "R.I.P. Herb Kelleher" or "Herb Kelleher has passed away at 87"

I agree, yet ....

If there was any acknowledgement of Herb Kelliher, it is that most on this website know who "Herb" is.

A sad day, a cool guy.
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Re: HERB R.I.P.

Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:52 pm

OzarkD9S wrote:
AA's Robert Crandall on Southwest:

"That place runs on Herb Kelleher's bullsh*t."

And Herb ran on Wild Turkey. Draw your own conlusions! :lol:

RIP to a true character and a REAL airline guy.



Yea … and American got taken over by (of all airlines), the utter mess that was USAirways .. …. so who got the last laugh ?
 
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Re: HERB R.I.P.

Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:54 pm

wjcandee wrote:
OzarkD9S wrote:
AA's Robert Crandall on Southwest:

"That place runs on Herb Kelleher's bullsh*t."



Crandall could only wish for Herb's labor relations and company spirit.


While Crandall's actions as an airline chief were cutthroat, as least on a personal level he and Kelleher enjoyed a cordial relationship. I would think that the comment was made in jest.

Another Kelleher-Crandall banter

Such antics are a regular part of his day. When Kelleher painted one of his 737-300’s to look like Sea World’s killer whale and christened the airplane Shamu One, he got a telephone call from American Airlines’ Crandall, who congratulated him for the marketing gimmick. “Just one question,” asked Crandall. “What are you going to do with all the whale shit?” In a nanosecond Kelleher replied, “I’m going to turn it into chocolate mousse and spoon-feed it to Yankees from Rhode Island.” The following Monday, Crandall, a Yankee from Rhode Island, received a large tub filled with chocolate mousse with a Shamu spoon stuck poetically in the center.

And Crandall gave a nice tribute on Kelleher's retirement
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7vw2jDfZ0o
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Re: HERB R.I.P.

Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:57 pm

wjcandee wrote:
The best was "Herb's Airline", a 60 Minutes piece on Herb and WN that aired on May 27, 1990. Can't seem to find it on the Internet. They did a follow-up called "Herb and his airline", but the original one was better.


I do recall watching a 60 Minutes story on Herb from decades ago, but I didn't know they did two of them? Very interesting and I will have to start scouring YouTube for them.
 
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Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:08 am

Truly an inspiration to me. He put BNA back on the map after Crandall’s AA dehubbed the market.
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Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:08 am

R.I.P. Herb.

You sit up there with the likes of Juan Trippe, Sir Freddie Laker and C.R. Smith.
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Re: Southwest founder Herb Kelleher dies aged 87

Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:10 am

I never met the man but heard his name mentioned years ago while boarding a SWA flight in Burbank. The woman in front of me was demanding to be let on a plane that was sold out. The guy at the desk was very polite and patient and finally asked the lady if she wanted him to ask someone to leave to let her on. She got angier and demanded to know his boss's name. He gave her a card and told her to call Herb Kelleher. When the lady left, I asked if that was really his boss's name. He told me who Kelleher was and then told me how much Herb stood behind his employees. He thought that Herb or his office would tell the lady to fly on another airline. So at least that employee really respected and liked his CEO. I have had numerous good SWA flight throughout their history and I am sure a good part of it started at the top.
 
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Re: Southwest founder Herb Kelleher dies aged 87

Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:18 am

Herb, Juan, Robert (F. Six), Freddie, C.R., and Howard (Hughes) all sipping a scotch and recalling the Golden Age of air travel. Rest in Peace Herb.
 
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Re: Southwest founder Herb Kelleher dies aged 87

Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:24 am

I can't believe it was Herb's turn.

Frank Lorenzo is 78.
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Re: Southwest founder Herb Kelleher dies aged 87

Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:25 am

Shout outs to when this monster of a man had an arm wrestling match with Kurt Herwald over a LEGAL DISPUTE instead of taking it to court!
 
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Re: Southwest founder Herb Kelleher dies aged 87

Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:26 am

Good bye Herb. Ill have some Wild Turkey in your honor.
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Re: Southwest founder Herb Kelleher dies aged 87

Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:33 am

There’s an awesome podcast in the series “How I Built This” on Herb and Southwest. Worth the listen.
 
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Re: HERB R.I.P.

Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:33 am

ER757 wrote:
If there was a Mount Rushmore of airline execs, he'd definitely be on it. RIP to a legend in the industry :tombstone:



Who else do you think would be on it? I would probably say Richard Anderson. He turned around Delta very well.


Chapmads wrote:
There’s an awesome podcast in the series “How I Built This” on Herb and Southwest. Worth the listen.


Agreed. It also focuses a lot on Crandall, makes him seem like the bad guy.
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Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:35 am

No!!!! OMG!!! I feel absolutely crushed! He was an absolutely amazing man. I hope Southwest does something special for his services.
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Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:36 am

F9Animal wrote:
No!!!! OMG!!! I feel absolutely crushed! He was an absolutely amazing man. I hope Southwest does something special for his services.


They've had N711HK operating in his honor for years now, do you think it could mean they make another tribute livery?
 
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Re: Southwest founder Herb Kelleher dies aged 87

Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:39 am

My condolences to his family and his family at Southwest. Herb was one of the very few respectable airline executives. He ran a successful airline and wasnt a piece of garbage.
 
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Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:41 am

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Re: Southwest founder Herb Kelleher dies aged 87

Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:49 am

I just raised a GIAGANTIC glass of Wild Turkey. What an f’ing unreal guy.
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