Southwest Celebrates 50 Years with 50 Stars, 13 Stripes

DALLAS – Southwest Airlines has painted a Boeing 737-800 with 50 stars and 13 stripes, in celebration of the airline’s 50th anniversary.

“The word ‘freedom’ has significant meaning to the People and history of Southwest Airlines,” said Gary Kelly, Southwest Airlines’ Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, in a news release. “We’re eternally grateful to those who have served and are currently serving in our Armed Forces—including the more than 7,400 veterans and 1,500 military spouses in our Southwest Family.

It is the first Boeing 737-800 to join the airline’s unique paint schemes. Other special paint schemes on Southwest Boeing 737-700s include: Arizona One, California One, Colorado One, Florida One, Illinois One, Lone Star One (Texas), Louisiana One, Maryland One, Missouri One, Nevada One, New Mexico One, and Tennessee One.

In past years, Southwest planes have also been painted to promote Sea World, with prominent Shamus, and a classic retro Southwest livery, in gold.


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