Canyon blue now colors Atlanta.
The first Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 just landed in Atlanta. The flight was a ferry flight from Dallas to Atlanta, which positions the aircraft there for tomorrow’s launch of commercial service to six cities. It also carried employees and media to Southwest’s first destination in the Peach State.
When commercial service begins tomorrow, February 12, Southwest will begin nonstop flights to Austin, Baltimore, Chicago Midway, Denver, and Houston Hobby. From March, service to Las Vegas and Phoenix begins, and from June service to Los Angeles. In August, the carrier plans to begin flights to Norfolk, Louisville, and SeaTac.
Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is dominated by home carrier Delta Air Lines, which carried nearly 66% of the 7.2 million passengers who passed through the airport in December. AirTran, the second largest carrier in Atlanta, was acquired by Southwest, which gave Southwest the access it needed to slots and gates. Southwest will eventually take over all of AirTran’s operations at Atlanta.
UPDATE: Here’s another video from the Atlanta Airport Authority of the landing.