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Southwest Airlines leader to speak at Wichita Aero Club Monday

For years, Ron Ricks worked closely with Herb Kelleher, the colorful co-founder and chairman emeritus of Southwest Airlines.

Kelleher created a culture for a low-cost, no-frills airline known for putting fun in flying, such as flight attendants who sang in-flight announcements to the tune of popular songs.

“As a result, (Ricks) probably knows more about the airline than anyone besides Herb,” Dave Franson, president of the Wichita Aero Club, said in a statement.

Ricks, executive vice president and chief legal and regulatory officer at Southwest, is the keynote speaker at Monday’s Wichita Aero Club meeting. The meeting is the day after Southwest’s launch of service in Wichita.

Before joining the airline, Ricks was a partner in a San Antonio law firm founded by Kelleher.

The luncheon will be held 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel by Hilton at Wichita Airport.

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