Colleen Barrett, President of Southwest Airlines and long-time supporter of the National Women’s History Museum, has been chosen to receive the 2007 Tony Jannus Award honoring her contributions to the commercial aviation industry.
Ms. Barrett, the highest-ranking female executive in American aviation, is the first woman to receive the Jannus award since its inception in 1964. She joins notable past winners of the award such as Richard Branson, Chuck Yeager, and Edward Rickenbacker. The Tony Jannus award is named for the pilot of the first commercial airline flight in 1914. The award committee cited her achievement in maintaining Southwest’s profitability and her ongoing commitment to excellence in customer service; these characteristics make Southwest stand out among major US airlines.
The award announcement, which came on April 4, 2007, will be followed by a formal award ceremony and reception to be held in Tampa, Florida in October of this year. Congratulations to Colleen Barrett–the museum wishes her continued success!