Southwest Airlines Honors Louisiana with Pelican Plane
To celebrate Louisiana and 39 years of service to the region, Southwest Airlines released the company’s latest state-dedicated aircraft—Louisiana One—a Boeing 737-700 painted with the flag and a pelican—Louisiana's state bird—with her young.
Southwest revealed the aircraft on March 7 during a Mardis Gras-style event at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, celebrating the fact that New Orleans was the airline's first established destination outside its home state of Texas.
"This tribute to the Pelican State is a demonstration of our valued partnership with Southwest Airlines," said Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards.
"We are truly honored to have Southwest Airlines dedicate the Louisiana One aircraft as a symbol of their commitment to our great state," said Kevin Dolliole, Aviation Director for Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. "As our airport's largest carrier, we are proud of Southwest Airlines' significant growth in our region since beginning service in 1979. This spring, they are adding three new flights from New Orleans to Sacramento, San Jose and Cancun. We know this beautiful aircraft is yet another step toward an even stronger partnership between MSY and Southwest in the future."
Currently, the airline has 50 nonstop departures leaving daily from New Orleans. Louisiana One joins 11 other state-themed planes in the Southwest fleet.