DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The former CEO of Southwest Airlines, a Dallas-based company, passed away Saturday night.
Jim Parker passed away after having dinner with friends.READ MORE: Military Plane Crashes In Residential Area, 3 Injured Up To 6 Homes Hit
Gary Kelly, the CEO and chairman of Southwest, released a statement saying:READ MORE: Rowlett Restaurant Owner Explains No-Mask Policy After Asking Family To Leave
“Jim’s contributions to Southwest Airlines were many and immeasurable, and he valiantly led Southwest through one of the industry’s most trying times in the wake of the tragic 9/11 attacks. Under Jim’s Leadership, Southwest successfully navigated through this dark time, preserving the job security of our people while remaining profitable under the most unlikely of odds.”
Kelly also said the Southwest flag will be flown at half-staff this week to honor Kelly.MORE NEWS: Rangers Stop Lynn, Beat AL Central-Leading White Sox 2-1
“We extend our deepest sympathies to Jim’s wife, Pat, and the entire Parker family,” said Kelly. “Jim was a beloved member of our Southwest Family, and we will miss him dearly.”