Besides, the taxis down here don’t get you very far very fast anyway.
Today at Tampa International Airport, Southwest Airlines unveiled “Florida One,” a Boeing 737 painted to depict the Florida State Flag. The plane joins a group of 13 other Southwest Specialty Fleet aircraft including another familiar Florida themed plane often spotted in Tampa and Orlando airports: Shamu. (Shamus One, Two and Three for those keeping count.)
“Our pride for Florida will fly high over the 68 cities Southwest serves,” chief executive Gary Kelly said. Southwest carries 46 percent of all Florida intrastate airline passengers.
Other paint schemes in addition to eight states include three aircraft with SeaWorld’s Shamu and one dubbed “Slam Dunk One” for Southwest’s partnership with the National Basketball Association.
The painting process took eight days and 32 people working over three shifts using about 46 gallons of paint in 16 colors. For the logo detail they used 15 boxes, or approximately 150 pieces of stencil outline.