Today, we are thrilled to welcome Louisiana One as the 12th state-themed aircraft* in Southwest Airlines’ specialty fleet! On the heels of New Orleans’ tri-centennial celebration, Southwest is thanking our Employees and loyal Customers for 39 years of dedicated service with a state-dedicated Boeing 737-700 emblazoned with an artist’s rendition of the Louisiana State flag.
Our New Orleans-based Employees go above and beyond to support the New Orleans community and take great pride in the important role they play in providing outstanding Hospitality. As the first state our carrier served beyond the Texas border, we are so grateful to be able to honor our Employees and Customers with this high-flying tribute. We began service to The Pelican State on January 25, 1979, with one nonstop departure to Houston-Hobby. Today, we are proud to be operating more than 70 daily nonstop departures to 29 destinations from New Orleans.
Louisiana One arrived at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) this morning for a Southwest celebration with local Employees, Community Members, Local and State Officials, Partners, and Media Representatives in true Louisiana fashion. The festivities began with live music from a New Orleans favorite, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. Upon the unveiling, guests were led out by the Kinfolk Brass Band to christen the newest specialty aircraft. To conclude today’s celebration, we will let the good times fly by heading to downtown New Orleans with our Employees and Community Partners for a Southwest Parade on a float replicative of Louisiana One. As the parade makes its way through town, Southwest will share our love for this community by giving away more than a million Rapid Rewards® Points!
As Louisiana One joins Southwest’s network, we hope you will take the opportunity to share your photos and videos by using #LouisianaOne!
* Southwest’s specialty fleet: Arizona One, California One, Colorado One, Florida One, Illinois One, Lone Star One (Texas), Maryland One, Missouri One, Nevada One, New Mexico One, Tennessee One, and Louisiana One.