Southwest Airlines, the most norma ever thing to come out of Texas, period. The airline is best known as America’s most successful low-cost carrier and the most original. It was established in 1967 and now serves 101 destinations spanning across 10 countries, the airline is known for extremely low prices however one thing it isn’t known for is hideous liveries, until now.
So like I have mentioned Southwest flies to many destinations, some are normal like San Jose, some are not normal like Orlando. Orlando, a funny place where you can get with being insane among many other things. Orlando is actually one of Southwest’s operating bases due to it being in the south but not the west, it’s also where Seaworld is. So now you’re asking, what does Seaworld have to do with Southwest and how many more non-aviation related sentences can you fit in without this topic being closed?
Well, in 1988 Seaworld entered a marketing agreement with Southwest, after a while Seaworld then had some of Southwest’s aircraft painted to look like some of their animals. Enter Shamu, the killer whale, Southwest agreed to paint some of their boring, old not very good 737’s to look like Shamu and in 2012 the airline introduced “Penguin One”. Enter, the worst livery in my opinion ever, the 737-300 debuted as “Shamu One” in 1988 and to me, black looks really horrible on an aircraft. Shamu One and Shamu Three made their final flights in 2012, Shamu Three in 2013 while Penguin One is still flying
Seaworld cut ties with Southwest in 2014 due to animal welfare concerns and all of the remaining aircraft that were once part of the “Seaworld fleet” have been painted back to normal Southwest colours. It represents an interesting time in Southwest’s history, a time where going on a flight often meant having a whale of a time. Tell me what you think
Was this Southwest’s worst livery? image credit