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Southwest Airlines Frequently Asked Questions

When was Southwest Airlines incorporated?
Air Southwest Co. was incorporated on March 15, 1967. The name was changed to Southwest Airlines Co. in March 1971.

On which exchange are Southwest Airlines’ common shares traded?
New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

What is Southwest Airlines’ ticker symbol?

When was Southwest Airlines’ Initial Public Offering (IPO)?
Our initial public offering was on June 8, 1971 for 650,000 shares at approximately $11. The principal underwriters were Thomson McKinnon Auchincloss, Inc. and Model, Roland & Co., Inc.

When was Southwest Airlines’ last Public Offering?
Our last public offering was on February 10, 1992 for 2,175,000 shares of common stock at $36.

Does Southwest Airlines pay a cash dividend on its common stock?
Southwest Airlines has historically paid a quarterly cash dividend; however, dividends are declared at the discretion of Southwest Airlines Board of Directors.

In what months are your dividends usually paid?
Historically, dividends have been distributed in the months of January, March, June, and September. Historical dividend information is available under the Investor Resources tab above.

When was your last stock split?
Our last stock split was on January 18, 2001. Please refer to our stock split history for more information.

What is Southwest Airlines fiscal year?
January 1 – December 31

What is your Cusip number?

What is your Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Code?

Who are Southwest Airlines’ Independent Auditors?
Ernst & Young LLP Dallas, Texas

Who is Southwest Airlines’ Transfer Agent?

Wells Fargo Shareowner Services
1110 Centre Pointe Curve, Suite 101
Mendota Heights, MN 55120-4100
Toll-Free: (866) 877-6206
International: (651) 450-4064
Fax: (651) 450-4033

How do I find out my account information?
If you are a registered Shareholder and you have questions regarding your account status (e.g. number of shares, missing certificates, address changes, etc.), please visit for online access to your account information or contact Wells Fargo Shareowner Services.

Why am I not able to log in to see my account information at
If you are a registered Shareholder, you should be able to view your account information online. If you have any problems, please contact Wells Fargo Shareowner Services. Otherwise, you will need to contact your Broker for any account information.

How can I change my address on my account?
You may access your account information at to change your address. Written requests may be faxed or mailed to Wells Fargo Shareowner Services. Please include the exact name printed on your certificate as well as your social security number and previous address.

Does Southwest Airlines have a direct stock purchase plan or dividend reinvestment plan?
Yes. Our transfer agent, Wells Fargo Shareholder Services, sponsors and administers a direct stock purchase plan with a built-in dividend reinvestment feature. Under the Investor Resources tab above, please visit the Direct Stock Purchase Plan & Dividend Reinvestment link for the Plan brochure and related information.

Do you offer direct deposit of dividends?
Yes. You may register to receive Electronic Dividend Deposit through You may also contact Wells Fargo Shareowner Services directly to receive the registration form. For common questions and answers in regards to Electronic Dividend Deposit, please review the Direct Deposit of Dividends Q&A.

I did not receive a Form 1099 reporting dividends paid during the year?
If you received less than $10 in dividends during the year, the law does not require the issuance of a Form 1099. If you exceeded the $10 amount and did not receive a Form 1099-DIV, please contact Wells Fargo Shareowner Services.

How do I request a copy of the Annual Report/10-K, Proxy, 10-Q, etc, or an Investor Packet?
You can call the Investor Relations Request Line at (214) 792-4908. You may also access our online Investor Toolkit in the feature box on the right.

Investor Toolkit

2014 Southwest Airlines One Report

2014 Annual Report*

2015 Proxy Statement

Latest Quarterly Results 

Email Alerts

* 2014 Annual Report to Shareholders pursuant to Rule 14a-3 of the Exchange Act.