Southwest Airlines and SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment marked 25 years of commercial partnership on June 20 by unveiling Southwest’s newest special-livery aircraft, Penguin One ‒ a Boeing 737-700 co-branded with images of one of SeaWorld’s best-known animals.
To mark this latest entry into the Southwest Airlines fleet, the companies launched a special three-day offer on vacation packages, including discounted park tickets and exclusive flight and hotel deals.
Southwest and SeaWorld unveiled the aircraft at a ceremony on June 20 at Orlando International Airport (IATA code MCO) featuring real penguins, Southwest and SeaWorld employees, community members, and executives including Gary Kelly, Southwest Airlines’ chairman, president, and CEO; and Jim Atchison, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment’s president and CEO.
Following the Orlando ceremony the specially painted Boeing 737-700, filled with Southwest and SeaWorld employees, also made stops in two other SeaWorld cities, San Antonio and San Diego.
The partnership between the two companies dates back to 1988, when SeaWorld opened in San Antonio. Southwest and SeaWorld launched their partnership with the introduction of a new, specially painted Boeing 737-300, Shamu One, which became well-known among the U.S. flying public.
Penguin One’s livery features a gentoo, one of the penguin species found at SeaWorld Orlando’s new ‘Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin’ attraction.
In celebration of Penguin One, for three days customers will receive a special offer when they book a flight, hotel, and theme-park vacation package for three or more nights to select SeaWorld Parks in Orlando, San Diego, or San Antonio.
Customers will save up to $100 per hotel reservation ($20 per night) when using promotion code 72HRSEA at the time of booking. For offer details, visit www.southwest.com/html/promotions/click-n-save-sale-swav.html.
Penguin One joins 12 other Boeing 737s in the Southwest fleet that carry a unique paint scheme: Shamu One, Shamu Two, Arizona One, California One, Colorado One, Florida One, Illinois One, Lone Star One (celebrating Texas), Maryland One, Nevada One, New Mexico One, and Triple Crown One.
Triple Crown One, unveiled in 1997, recognized five years of Southwest’s top rankings for on-time performance, baggage handling, and customer satisfaction.