Southwest Airlines recently published this video, featuring the making of “Florida One”. N945WN, a Boeing 737-7H4, wears a special livery representing Southwest Airlines’ ties to the Sunshine State since beginning service in January of 1996. Southwest has been growing from 17 daily nonstop departures to 284 daily nonstop departures and now carries 20 percent of all air traffic to the state of Florida. And last Southwest will begin service to the seventh Florida city, Panama City Beach, on May 23, 2010.
The challenge of this plane was to recreate the Flag Logo without the use of tools, using only the drawing for reference and the stencils for outline, while at the same time making both sides exactly symmetrical.
Process time: 8 days
Number of People: 32 over 3 shifts
Paint colors: 16
Total gallons: Approximately 46
Premask (stencil outline): 15 boxes or approximately 150 different pieces to create the logo
Florida One joins thirteen other 737s in Southwest’s fleet that carry a unique paint scheme: Arizona One, California One, Illinois One, Lone Star One (Texas), Nevada One, New Mexico One, Maryland One, three Shamu aircraft (SeaWorld), Silver One (celebrating Southwest’s 25th anniversary), Triple Crown One (recognizing Southwest’s top rankings for ontime performance, baggage handling, and Customer satisfaction), and Slam Dunk One (tribute to our NBA partnership).