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WN: Chances Of Getting A Canyon Blue Aircraft?  
User currently offlineBCAInfoSys From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2340 times:

Hey guys...

It's been a while since I've flown WN; in the past they've been one of my last choices in travel. However, it's been a few years and I thought I'd give them another try. (That and the times & price were a lot better then DL)

Anyway, my question is: what are my chances of getting on one of the newer "Canyon Blue" aircraft that feature the new interior and winglets?

I'm flying WN 1723, SEA - SLC; returning on WN 5744, SLC - SEA. My flights are in the 1st week of July.

How has the WN experience changed (if at all) in the last 2 years or so?

Thanks.
Steve

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User currently offlineScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2297 times:

Yes, it is Canyon blue on WN of those aircraft.

User currently offlineBCAInfoSys From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2284 times:

All of them Scotty? Because I've seen a lot of the "old" style-WN planes in SEA. How do you know they're all the "new" style WN planes?

User currently offlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4304 posts, RR: 36
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2281 times:

They rotate 733 and 73G over that service, more then 50% of the fleet is still in old orange/sand colours and I guess about 80% have no winglets yet. I flew them two weeks ago, check my tripreport http://www.airliners.net/discussions/trip_reports/read.main/44327/ so nothing special but worth the money.


nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
User currently offlineQuickmover From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2490 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2281 times:

Have any of the 300s been painted blue yet?

User currently offlineBubbinski From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 159 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2266 times:

Yes, some of their -300's are in the new colors. I see a couple of WN birds in the new colors every time I go to Salt Lake Int'l but most of the WN birds I see are in the old colors. I fly the SLC-PHX route a few times a year and have never flown on a bird with the new colors on that trip, I don't know about the routes to SEA though.

As far as their service and style, nothing's changed. Except that the old plastic boarding cards they used to give with numbers (green, red, yellow, etc.) are a thing of the past. I miss them.

Bubbinski



"Simplify" - Thoreau
User currently offlineSilver1SWA From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 4769 posts, RR: 26
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2204 times:
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"Have any of the 300s been painted blue yet?

Yes there are many -300s with the canyon blue scheme and new interiors. There is also one -200 in blue, and last I heard there was only one -500 painted blue recently.

There are still many aircraft in the old paint, including many of the winglet-fitted -700s. I'd say it's about a 50/50 chance that you may get a canyon blue aircraft, but chances of getting on a -700 with winglets are much less.



ALL views, opinions expressed are mine ONLY and are NOT representative of those shared by Southwest Airlines Co.
User currently offlineBCAInfoSys From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2179 times:

Just to clarify.. I don't care so much about the paintjob, though it of course is interesting. I'm more interested in the new interior and how it differs from the old one; I'm interested in the change in the flying experience for the passenger. And of course, those winglets just look badass!  Big thumbs up

User currently offlineSprxflyswa From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 597 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2137 times:

I will say 50/50. It either will or won't!  Big grin

You do mean 574, right?


User currently offlineBCAInfoSys From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2121 times:

Yeah.. I meant 574.. typo on my part.  Embarrassment

User currently offlineJblake1 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 292 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2096 times:

I personally liked the old interior on the newer -700's. The new leather they are installing is getting a lot of fat fanny use and showing a lot of wear and tear. It seems to me in my IMHO old style seats didn't looks as "used" as the new leather seats after a few months...

Did that make any sense?  Nuts


User currently offlineZrb2 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 895 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2087 times:

I recently flew on one of the old color WN planes but it had the sparkling new interior w/ leather seats. I guess you can't tell from the outside what you're getting on the inside....it's a crapshoot.

User currently offlineDbo861 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 883 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2049 times:

When are they planning on having all their planes in the new Canyon blue? And...all with winglets?

User currently offlinePHLapproach From Philippines, joined Mar 2004, 1240 posts, RR: 20
Reply 13, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2016 times:

That may take some time, i mean from what i have seen in PHL. Not many are Canyon Blue, and WN does have quite a load of a/c. I'm sure they can't pin point a time when they think all will be refinished.

User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 14, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2007 times:

I will say 50/50. It either will or won't

I'd agree with that statement..I work at Nashville, which is a busy WN base Southwest and I'd say prolly 50% of the flights I see now are the new livery.....which I still think is hideous looking.



"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog"
User currently offlineBCAInfoSys From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1992 times:

See.. it's funny. I used to DESPISE the new livery with all my being (not that the previous livery was any good; I hate both liveries so much), but I have to admit, the Canyon Blue is starting to catch on a little bit with me. I think it's the blue, and the winglets together; quite striking. I just love the look of those big ol' things hangin on out there. I can wait to see the new AS 738's with winglets.. ooh ooh!  Love

User currently offline7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1987 times:

What made Southwest get the winglets? It seems that a bunch of airlines started to get them once ATA started receiving their 737-800s with winglets.


The next generation of aircraft is just around the corner!
User currently offline737doctor From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1332 posts, RR: 39
Reply 17, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1976 times:

Hey folks...

Here's some numbers for you on the "Spirit" interior modification status and the "Spirit" paint schedule:

The new interiors are required on 311 aircraft (3/5/7 series). 172 have been completed or 55%. The planned completion date is 12/05.

The new paint is required on 308 aircraft (3/5/7). 75 have been painted or 24%. The planned completion date is 12/08.

I could break this down further, but I don't want to.  Big grin



Patrick Bateman is my hero.
User currently offlineQwerty From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 383 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1975 times:

What made Southwest get the winglets? It seems that a bunch of airlines started to get them once ATA started receiving their 737-800s with winglets.

WN wouldn't do anything for looks. They save money. WN will spend to save anyday.

I fly WN a lot and have been on a lot of Brown birds recently. If you were flying a transcon segment, you would have better chance getting Canyon Blue with winglets than your routing.


User currently offline7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1969 times:

I do like the WN with winglets...i also thought before that the blue was kind of "ugly," but now i actually like it.


The next generation of aircraft is just around the corner!
User currently offlineDbo861 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 883 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1886 times:

Southwest is getting the winglets because they reduce drag on the planes which gets better fuel efficency. I can't remember how much they said it will save each year, but it's pretty significant.

User currently offlineFlyinround731 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 241 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1880 times:

Does that lone 732 in the Canyon Blue livery have the new interior like the newer 737s?
-Joe


User currently offlineFreshlove1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1870 times:

We had a WN charter a few weeks ago and it was a 737-700 in the new paint scheme with the winglets. According to the pilot the flight that the plane had just finished was its 3rd revenue flight. When you opened the cargo doors you still got the new plane smell. I was a bit surprised that we got one of those planes, we usually get the 700's with no winglets and the old paint job. But I would say your chances of getting a blue plane are prob 50/50 and one with the winglets? I would say your chances would be a little smaller, but who knows I really have no idea how many they have in service with the winglets.

User currently offline737doctor From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1332 posts, RR: 39
Reply 23, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1826 times:

Does that lone 732 in the Canyon Blue livery have the new interior like the newer 737s?

No.




Patrick Bateman is my hero.
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