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The newest to the fleet of Southwest special liveries, this beautiful livery (my favorite) honors the state of Louisiana, flying the Louisiana Flag and the state motto “UNION JUSTICE CONFIDENCE”. It was the first state that Southwest served besides Texas, and has been serving KMSY (New Orleans Airport) for almost 40 years now.
Flying the flag of the State of Tennessee, where Southwest has had a decent sized operation at BNA (Nashville International Airport) for a while now.
Having a similar decal to the flag of Arizona, this beauty flies it proudly at 38,000 feet multiple times daily.
This one honors the great state of Florida, where Southwest has 3 focus cities (FLL, MCO, TPA), and also serving other airports in the state, Southwest has a pretty decent presence there.
Lone Star One
As Southwest’s first state Special Livery, It’s pretty obvious why they have this livery, considering Texas is the state that Southwest Airlines was founded and started operations in!
Introduced to the fleet in August 2012, proudly flying the flag of the State of Colorado, this plane (N230WN) also happens to be the 5000th 737 ever built. Southwest’s operation in Denver is continuously growing, now at around 180 daily flights.
This plane made its debut at Chicago’s Midway Airport in 2008, celebrating Southwest’s service at the airport since March 17, 1985. Southwest has grown to dominate the airport, they operate around 260 daily flights and employ nearly 4,300 people at Midway. Pretty dominant, considering the only other airlines there are Delta with service to ATL, DTW, MSP, and Porter, and Volaris.
Introduced in 1999, proudly sporting the Nevada Flag with the state motto and the state plant, this is Southwest’s first special livery on a 737-700. One of Southwest’s large focus cities is KLAS, operating flights across the country.
Maryland One was introduced to the fleet in June 2005, as a tribute to the State of Maryland. BWI Airport is one of Southwest’s biggest operations, and has been since the 1990’s.
New Mexico One
Welcomed to the fleet in 2000, this one honors the State of New Mexico, which has the City of Albuquerque, one of Southwest’s first destinations outside of Texas.
Formerly Southwest’s SeaWorld special livery, this plane honors the State of Missouri. Southwest has pretty decent operations at St. Louis Airport and Kansas City Airport in the state.
This bird was originally introduced in 1995 on a 737-300 as a tribute to Southwest’s 8 California destinations at the time. That number has since grown to 9, and last year when they finished retiring the 737-300’s, the livery got painted on a 737-700.
Southwest flies three of their planes in their Classic livery. They sport a slightly modified version of Southwest’s original livery, used from 1971 to 2001. Each plane also has a unique dedication. N711SW bears the name of company founder Herb Kelleher on the nose. N714CB is a tribute to their former President Colleen Barrett. The final Classic plane, N792SW is the last plane Southwest received in the original Desert Gold livery, before adopting the Canyon Blue livery with N793WN.
Triple Crown One
Just recently repainted onto a 737-700 from a 737-300, this plane is dedicated to Southwest Employees and their achievement of the Triple Crown Award for five straight years. The Triple Crown Award criteria consists of best on-time performance, best baggage handling, and fewest customer complaints on a yearly basis. While not an official Department of Transportation award, Southwest definitely did earn the statistics for it.
Now, this brings me to the question, which special livery is your favorite, and why?
- Louisiana One
- Arizona One
- Florida One
- Lone Star One
- Triple Crown One
- Colorado One
- New Mexico One
- Illinois One
- Missouri One
- California One
- Classic One
- Maryland One
- Nevada One