Southwest Airlines today celebrates more than 30 years of service in the state of Tennessee with the unveiling of the airline’s newest specialty aircraft, Tennessee One, a Boeing 737-700, emblazoned with an artist’s rendition of the Tennessee State flag.
In true Music City fashion, Southwest honored Nashville Employees and Customers with live music performances by Republic Nashville Recording Artist, A Thousand Horses, and Columbia Recording Artist, Maren Morris, celebrating with community members, partners, and state and local government officials.
“Southwest has been in love with the state of Tennessee for 30 years,” said Gary Kelly, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Southwest Airlines. “What better way to pronounce our ongoing affection than by honoring the state with Tennessee One—our version of a love song dedicated to our Customers and Employees, who have been so good to Southwest all these years.”
“When we began serving Memphis in 2013, we ushered in a new era of low-cost air travel,” said Trevor Stedke, Vice President Technical Services of Southwest Airlines. “This approach to air travel has helped us flourish but we would not be here without the support of our Tennessee Customers and Employees. We’re proud to honor them with this dedicated aircraft.”
Southwest Airlines began service in Nashville on Mar. 18, 1986, with eight nonstop departures to two cities. The airline currently operates more than 80 daily nonstop departures to 33 destinations from Nashville. Southwest began service in Memphis on Nov. 3, 2013, with six nonstop departures to five cities. The airline currently operates nine daily nonstop flights to six destinations from Memphis.
Tennessee One joins tenother 737s in the Southwest fleet that carry unique, state-themed paint schemes: Arizona One, California One, Colorado One, Florida One, Illinois One, Lone Star One (Texas), Maryland One, Missouri One, Nevada One, and New Mexico One.