Sunday, June 23, 2013

PHOTOS & VIDEOS: Who said penguins can't fly? Check out this new Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 livery!

Southwest Airlines unveils its special Penguin One livery on a Boeing 737 [Photo: Southwest Airlines]Southwest Airlines is world-renowned as a ‘fun-loving’ brand, which is reflected in all aspects of the low-cost-carrier’s operations. For example, did you know that 13 of Southwest Airlines’ Boeing 737s have been painted in unique and eye-catching schemes?

Each one has been designed to celebrate a particular milestone or destination for the airline – with names ranging from Florida One and Illinois One to Triple Crown One (unveiled in 1997, recognising five years of top rankings for on-time performance, baggage handling and customer satisfaction).   

The latest addition – 'Penguin One' – was unveiled this week to celebrate 25 years of partnership with SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, featuring one of the tourist attraction’s iconic animals.

Crowds gather to look at the latest Southwest Airlines livery [Photo: Southwest Airlines]

Southwest and SeaWorld revealed the aircraft at Orlando International Airport (MCO) with employees, community members and even real penguins in attendance. I’ve included a couple of photos on this page, together with a video (below).

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This week’s ceremony celebrated the introduction of Penguin One in a spirited way as attendees waved black-and-white pom poms, enjoyed black-and-white-themed snacks, and cheered as executives christened the aircraft while SeaWorld’s Pete and Penny Penguin looked on.

The featured penguin species on the aircraft is a gentoo, one of the species found at SeaWorld Orlando’s new Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin.

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“SeaWorld has been an important partner to Southwest Airlines for 25 years,” said Southwest Airlines Chairman, President, and CEO Gary Kelly. “Penguin One is a natural addition to the Southwest fleet and a great representation of the evolution of our partnership and our mutual dedication to travel, tourism, and family entertainment.”

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  1. Nice Livery, Thank You for sharing the photo!

  2. As long as Southwest was playing with colors only, I liked it.. keeping their vision in line that travelling can be fun too! BUT with this .. Southwest has gone a bit Disneyland .. I don't think this is a good idea.

  3. Pretty "COOL" I'd say.

  4. Gorgeous...and royal blue. Bet that cost a pretty penny.


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