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Southwest Airlines Ranks No. 14 Among FORTUNE's World's Most Admired Companies

By: TravelAnne & Southwest Staff Writers

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Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) was named to FORTUNE's 2021 list of World's Most Admired® Companies. Southwest Airlines® ranks No. 14, and has been featured on the list since 2009. The carrier is the only commercial airline to be listed among the top 15.

"Never has this prestigious award been more gratifying than this year—easily the most challenging year in our Company's history," said Gary Kelly, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Southwest Airlines. "All the credit goes to our People, who rose to the challenge and prevailed. It is because of their Heart, passion, and dedication to our Customers and each other that we are once again recognized as one of the most admired companies in the world—2020 was truly their finest hour."

FORTUNE collaborated with partner Korn Ferry on this survey of corporate reputation, and asked approximately 1,500 candidates: the 1,000 largest U.S. companies ranked by revenue, along with non-U.S. companies in Fortune's Global 500 database that have revenues of $10 billion or more.


Korn Ferry winnowed the assortment to the highest-revenue companies in each industry, a total of 670 in 30 countries. The top-rated companies were picked from that pool of 670; the executives who voted work at the companies in that group.

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