Aviation News

April 23, 2010

Southwest Unveils Florida One, Their Newest Specialty Plane

Southwest Florida One Boeing 737-700 N945WN
Southwest Florida One Boeing 737-700 N945WN

Florida One visits Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) on its tour of the state on Friday. (Photo by Mark Lawrence)

Southwest Airlines introduced its latest “salute jet” on Friday, dubbed “Florida One – a High-Flying Salute to the Sunshine State.” The new 737-700, registered N945WN, is the airline’s 14th special paint scheme jet.

The scheme consists of 16 colors, used approximately 46 gallons of paint and was painted by 32 people over a period of 8 days. According to Southwest’s website, “The challenge of this plane was to recreate the flag logo without the use of tools, using only the drawing for reference and the stencils for outline, while at the same time making both sides exactly symmetrical”.

After being unveiled by Southwest CEO Gary Kelly at Tampa International Airport, Florida One spent Friday visiting the southwest Florida cities of Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Fort Myers before heading to Dallas to start regular service.

Other states that have been honored with a logo jet are Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Maryland and Illinois.

Southwest Florida One Boeing 737-700 N945WN

Florida One visits Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) on its tour of the state on Friday. (Photo by Mark Lawrence)



About the Author

Mark Lawrence
Mark Lawrence is a NYCAviation staff member and a south Florida-based aviation fanatic. He has been around the industry since he was a small boy. Mark can be reached at [email protected]




 
 

 

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