ICYMI: Southwest Unveils "Louisiana One" (VIDEO)

Southwest Airlines marked 39 years of service to New Orleans by unveiling Louisiana One on Wednesday.

The plane features a design inspired by the state flag, with a pelican spreading its wings across the fuselage next to the motto "Union, Justice, Confidence". Three smaller pelicans, normally seen underneath the pelican on the flag, are perched in a nest on the engine.

"Southwest has been dedicated to the New Orleans community for 39 years," said Gary Kelly, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer for Southwest Airlines. "I can't think of a better way to show our commitment to the state of Louisiana than with the dedication of Louisiana One, honoring our loyal Customers and Employees."

"This tribute to the Pelican State is a demonstration of our valued partnership with Southwest Airlines," said State of Louisiana Governor, John Bel Edwards.  "We are honored that Louisiana One will be an ambassador for our great state flying throughout the country."

"We value our long-standing partnership with Southwest Airlines," said the City of New Orleans Mayor, Mitch Landrieu. "Together we fly millions of people each year domestically and internationally to one of the most vibrant cities in the United States.  We're honored that our visitors' experience in New Orleans begins and ends with the great people of Southwest."

Southwest began service to New Orleans in 1979, offering one flight to Houston. It now offers more than 50 daily nonstop flights to 21 destinations.

Photo: Southwest

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