Southwest Airlines has unveiled an aircraft bearing a new special livery honoring the State of Missouri.
The carrier’s latest theme-liveried aircraft, a Boeing 737-700, has been named Missouri One and painted with a special livery which includes renditions of the state’s flag in celebration of more than 30 years of Southwest Airlines service to Missouri.
Southwest and state and local government leaders revealed the aircraft at Kansas City International Airport, where Southwest first began serving Missouri in 1982.
The aircraft, emblazoned with an artist’s rendition of the Missouri state flag, was unveiled at a ceremony on April 15 at the Kansas City International Airport location of aircraft-maintenance company Aviation Technical Services, with which Southwest has partnered for more than 35 years.
“Kansas City and St. Louis have been vital cities in our network for more than 30 years,” said Gary Kelly, Southwest Airlines’ chairman, president and CEO at the unveiling. “I couldn’t think of a better way to ‘show’ our love to our employees, customers, and friends in the great state of Missouri than by dedicating this high-flying salute to them.”
Southwest used the occasion to donate $5,000 each to Science City at Union Station and the St. Louis Science Center.
The funds will help support Science City’s Summer Camp, which sparks interest in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) for children ages 6-12 through interactive, challenging, and fun activities.
They will also contribute toward scholarships for the St. Louis Science Center’s Flight Academy Camp.
To mark its unveiling of Missouri One, Southwest has launched a three-day fare sale with one-way fares from $59 from both Kansas City and St. Louis to select destinations throughout the United States. The sale fares are available for purchase only at www.Southwest.com, Swabiz.com, or by calling 1-800-I-FLY-SWA, through April 17, 2015, 11:59 p.m. PT
These fares are valid for travel from August 25 through October 28, 2015. Blackout dates of September 3, September 4, September 5 and September 7 apply and the sale fares are not valid for travel on Fridays and Sundays.
Sample one-way sale fares include: $59, Kansas City-St. Louis; $69, Kansas City-Dallas Love Field; $99, St. Louis-New Orleans and St. Louis-Atlanta; $109, Kansas City-New York LaGuardia; $144, Kansas City-Phoenix; and $154, St. Louis-San Francisco International Airport.
Southwest Airlines began serving Kansas City International Airport (IATA code MCI) on February 18, 1982, offering six daily departures to two cities.
Subsequently, Southwest began serving Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL) on March 17, 1985, operating 17 daily departures to four cities.
The airline now operates 68 daily departures to 26 destinations from Kansas City and 88 daily flights to 34 destinations from St. Louis.
Kansas City International Airport is Southwest’s 17th-largest operation in terms of daily departures and Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is Southwest’s 13th-largest operation in terms of daily departures.
Combining the two stations, Missouri represents the ninth largest state in the Southwest network in terms of daily departures. Southwest employs more than 550 people in Missouri.
Missouri One joins nine other 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, Nevada One, and New Mexico One.