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4/23/2010 - Southwest Airlines Pays Tribute to The Sunshine State at Orlando International Airport

ORLANDO, FL .- Just before 4:15 Friday afternoon, Southwest Airlines landed a brand new, specially marked plane at Orlando International Airport (MCO) as part of a statewide tribute
to Florida. Earlier in the day the plane touched down in Tampa, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach and Ft. Lauderdale.

The Boeing 737, capable of handling 137 passengers, fully decorated with a depiction of the state flag of Florida, will become part of the Southwest Airlines fleet and will be seen across the nation. “Florida One” as it’s called, is one of only eight planes in the Southwest system that pays tribute to a specific state. Paying tribute to the plane and Southwest’s decision to honor Florida were Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) Board Chairman Cesar Calvet, Board Treasurer Jose Colon, Executive Director Steve Gardner and other community and hospitality industry leaders.

"Florida One" Arrives at Orlando International Airport
“Florida One” arrives at Orlando International Airport

Orlando Mayor and GOAA Board Vice Chairman Buddy Dyer welcomes “Florida One”
Orlando Mayor and GOAA Board Vice Chairman Buddy Dyer welcomes “Florida One”

Orlando International Airport offers the more domestic, non-stop service than any airport in Florida.


For more information contact Carolyn Fennell at the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority at 407-825-2055.


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