Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

'Afternoon sunrise' lifts New Mexico's Zia to the clouds.

Byline: Michelle Pentz Journal Staff Writer

With much pomp and circumstance, Southwest Airlines celebrated the arrival of its newest specialty aircraft this week.

Enter the multimillion-dollar "New Mexico One," a canary-yellow 737-700 decorated with a flashy red Zia, the official symbol of New Mexico that decorates the state flag.

To an enthusiastic crowd of about 800 chips-'n'-salsa-munching fans packed into the 25,000-square-foot Cutter Aviation hangar at the Albuquerque International Sunport on Monday afternoon, Ron Ricks, Southwest vice president of governmental affairs, proclaimed: "Southwest welcomes this new addition, and pride of, New Mexico's fleet the world's first afternoon sunrise! …

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