Did you know that penguins can now fly? It’s true, with the introduction of Penguin One—a Boeing 737-700 featuring images of one of our most iconic and beloved animals, penguins! Earlier this morning, we marked our 25-year partnership with Southwest Airlines by revealing this new aircraft at a ceremony at Orlando International Airport (MCO).
In attendance were real penguins, Southwest and SeaWorld Employees, community members, and executives, including Southwest Airlines Chairman, President, and CEO Gary Kelly, and SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment President and CEO, Jim Atchison.
The featured penguin species seen on the aircraft is a gentoo, one of the species found at SeaWorld Orlando’s all-new attraction, Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin™. The attraction includes a first-of-its-kind family ride that transports guests into the penguins’ icy world, all seen through the eyes of very special penguin Puck – also a gentoo penguin!
This morning’s ceremony celebrated the spirit of SeaWorld’s penguins in full “Tuxedo” theme, as attendees waved black-and-white pom poms, enjoyed black-and-white-themed snacks, and cheered as Pete and Penny Penguin, a pair of Magallenic penguins, christened the aircraft along with both companies CEOs.
The plane, filled with Southwest and SeaWorld Employees, will also make stops in two other SeaWorld cities later today, San Antonio and San Diego.
In celebration of Penguin One, for three days only, Customers will receive a special offer when they book a flight, hotel, and theme park vacation package for three or more nights to select SeaWorld Parks in Orlando, San Diego, or San Antonio. Customers will save up to $100 per hotel reservation ($20 per night) when using promotion code 72HRSEA at the time of booking. Visit Southwest.com for more details.
Enter for your chance to win special Penguin One goodies sent straight to your home by visiting SeaWorld Orlando's "Dive Deeper" tab Facebook and entering for your chance to win our Weekly FREEze Giveaway! For more information about our parks, visit SeaWorld Orlando or SeaWorld San Diego.