It’s pretty remarkable that the game show Jeopardy has been around for so many decades. In fact, Merv Griffin created the hit show back in 1964 and it’s still extremely popular, though personally, the death of host Alex Trebek in November 2020 (I can’t believe it’s been three years already), made my interest wane. RELATED: Jeopardy Ran an Aviation Themed Category Last Night – How Many Did You Get Right?

So thanks to my friend and fellow travel writer and aviation geek, Paul Thompson, for alerting me on Threads that last night, the final question on Jeopardy was something I definitely would have gotten right. I just wish I had been watching with my mother-in-law who watches the show religiously and knows most of the answers while I’m just spewing out nonsense.


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As you can see the Final Jeopardy answer was: “OF THE BIG 4 U.S. AIRLINES, THE 4 THAT EACH HAVE OVER 15% OF THE DOMESTIC MARKET, IT’S THE YOUNGEST.”

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If you don’t know, I’ll give you a clue. The big four U.S. airlines are American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and Southwest Airlines. According to OAG, the four by far have the most capacity, “accounting for 74% of US airline seats, a total of just under 73 million between them.”

I bet you can get the answer now. Below are the years when each of the Big Four were started but the dates might be debatable since most of these companies didn’t start out with their original names and developed over the years due to the unions or mergers of other companies. For instance, according to, American has acquired or merged with 85 different companies. But here’s when they started, according to Wikipedia.
American Airlines (as American Airways) on April 15, 1926
Delta Air Lines (as Huff Daland Dusters) on March 2, 1925 in Macon, Georgia
United Airlines (as Varney Air Lines) on April 6, 1926 in Boise, Idaho
Southwest Airlines on March 9, 1967 in Dallas, Texas

So, as you can see, Southwest Airlines was the question and if you got it, then give yourself a pat on the back. If not, now you know how I feel every time I watch the show with my mother-in-law.


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