It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s … both!Today marks a historic day in our 25-year-partnership with SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment as we unveiled our newest SeaWorld-themed aircraft into our fleet—Penguin One!
Penguin One, a Boeing 737-700 emblazoned with an artist’s rendition of gentoo penguins joins 12 other 737s in the Southwest fleet that boast a unique paint scheme, as well as Shamu One and Shamu Two.
We kicked off Penguin One’s debut at Orlando International Airport (MCO) with more than 500 local Employees and community leaders, along with Southwest Airlines Chairman, President, and CEO Gary Kelly, and SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment CEO, Jim Atchison (shown below). Also on hand to meet the newest member of the family were famous SeaWorld mascots Pete and Penny Penguin, Penguin One’s real life counterparts (We think we got their approval!).
We had a lot of fun with our “Tuxedo” theme, as attendees waved black and white pom-poms, snacked on black and white themed snacks, and cheered as Kelly, Atchison, Pete and Penny, and the SeaWorld Aviculturists officially christened the aircraft. The celebration may have started in Orlando, but it didn’t end there! A team made up of Southwest Airlines and SeaWorld Employees boarded Penguin One and took the party to two other SeaWorld cities—San Antonio and San Diego—to celebrate with local Employees.
To get your full penguin fix, check out the time-lapse video to witness the full transformation of Penguin One. For even more highlights from the event, stay tuned to our Twitter handle @southwestair and our Facebook page.
Keep your eyes peeled for Penguin One as our new high-flying friend takes to the skies!