Okaloosa County celebrates Southwest Airlines arrival at local airport

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE — Thursday was a historic day for Okaloosa County and Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport because it was introduced {that a} partnership had been cast with Southwest Airlines that ought to show useful to guests and vacationers alike. 

It was an equally monumental day for veteran Southwest pilot Casey Murray, who was granted the honour of touchdown the primary aircraft bearing the Southwest emblem at his hometown airport.

“I’ve lived right here for 26 years. I’m a product of Fort Walton Beach,” Murray stated. “I wished to be the one to say it was my wheels that touched down right here first.”

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Southwest Airlines pilot and Fort Walton Beach resident Casey Murray sits in the cockpit after piloting Flight 330 from Nashville to the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport on Thursday. Murray's was the first of five Southwest Airlines flights to arrive Thursday on the carrier's inaugural day of service at Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport.

Murray was accompanied by his spouse and son on a morning flight from Nashville, Southwest’s precise inaugural journey into Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport.

He stated his flight had gone nicely, then smiled and shared a secret as he waited with dignitaries and members of the information media for the noontime arrival of the ceremonial inaugural flight, which got here in from Dallas amid a lot fanfare and a water cannon salute.

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