Southwest Airlines celebrated its 50th anniversary on 18th June 2021. On the occasion, the airline unveiled a special livery dubbed “Freedom One”.
The livery was designed as a tribute to armed forces with a stylized flag of the United States of America.
The aircraft was unveiled during the 50th-anniversary celebration at the Southwest Airlines Technical Operations Hangar at William P. Hobby International Airport (HOU) in Houston, Texas.
“The word ‘freedom’ has significant meaning to the People and history of Southwest Airlines. We’re eternally grateful to those who have served and are currently serving in our Armed Forces—including the more than 7,400 veterans and 1,500 military spouses in our Southwest Family. Our Purpose is to connect people to what’s important in their lives through friendly, reliable, and low-cost air travel. We simply couldn’t fulfill our Purpose if not for the sacrifices and dedication of our military men and women. We appreciate their service and bravery in providing a blanket of freedom for our country.” - Gary Kelly, CEO
The 737-800 registration N500WR will join Southwest’s massive fleet consisting of 737 aircraft.
Southwest Airlines is well known for the collection of special liveries painted in some of the aircraft in its fleet.