Southwest Starts it's B 737-800 Service

Southwest Airlines showed off its new Boeing 737-800 at BWI Marshall Airport Wednesday morning right before its maiden commercial flight from Baltimore to Fort Myers, Fla.

The jet, the largest in Southwest's fleet, is 19 feet longer and holds 175 passengers, 38 more than the current largest jet, the 737-700. That's an increase in capacity of about 30%.

Southwest ordered 33 of the new planes this year, which were delivered last month. They feature larger overhead bins, higher ceilings, warmer and more energy-efficient ligheting, and satellite-based Wi-Fi. Southwest is rolling out Wi-Fi across its entire fleet. There are three lavatories instead of two and two over-wing exits on each side of the aircraft instead of one.

Travelers on the new plane's maiden voyage on Wednesday were treated to gate games and breakfast.