https://dfw.cbslocal.com/2019/01/03/southwest-airlines-founder-herb-kelleher-passes-away-at-87/ Southwest Airlines Founder Herb Kelleher Passes Away At 87 DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Southwest Airlines founder Herb Kelleher passed away on Thursday, January 3. He was 87. Southwest Airlines tweeted, “We already miss you, Herbie. #HonoringHerb” We already miss you, Herbie. #HonoringHerb pic.twitter.com/SQcvSdkbC2 — Southwest Airlines (@SouthwestAir) January 3, 2019 Kelleher famously came up with the idea for Southwest Airlines and its brash approach that rocked the airline industry, along with two partners, on a cocktail napkin. The airline started in 1971 and Kelleher served as chairman and CEO until 2008.