I didn’t think code names existed outside of the FBI or James Bond movies. Turns out, I was wrong because sometimes there are projects so big and exciting they become worthy of the label: TOP-SECRET. Inevitably, there comes a day when the secret mission comes to light, and today is that day.
This hush-hush operation was anything but quiet as Southwest Airlines celebrated more than 30 years of service in the state of Tennessee with the unveiling of the airline’s newest specialty aircraft—Tennessee One. The Boeing 737-700 aircraft is emblazoned with an artist’s rendition of the Tennessee State flag. It joins 10 other 737s in the Southwest fleet* that carry unique, state-themed paint schemes.
To celebrate the reveal, Southwest wanted to connect Tennessee Customers and Employees to what is important to them—music. So in true Music City fashion, country artists, A Thousand Horses and Maren Morris, took the stage this morning to kick off the festivities in Nashville. The live music performances didn’t stop there, though; Employees and special guests boarded the red and blue aircraft and the music took to the air with a surprise Live at 35® inflight performance by country music artists Chris Young and Cassadee Pope.
The flight arrived to Memphis with a water arch salute and a fanfare welcome by Memphis Employees, airport leadership, community members, and local and state officials. And sticking with the theme of the day, there was another special performance featuring Memphis favorite, Ghost Town Blues Band.
A day full of surprises, excitement, and connecting people to what is important to them is what we love to do! Southwest is thankful for Tennessee’s Employees and Customers for three decades of loyalty and we look forward to many more!
* Southwest fleet: Arizona One, California One, Colorado One, Florida One, Illinois One, Lone Star One (Texas), Maryland One, Missouri One, Nevada One, New Mexico One, and Tennessee One.