Iowa744fan From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 928 posts, RR: 2 Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2768 times:
They are pictured in the book Nuts.
I am surprised that nothing has been done with Illinois since they now have such a large operation at Midway. A special paint scheme for each state would be really cool, in my opinion, but I realize that could become quite expensive.
I also love the idea of painting aircraft in the paint schemes of NHL and NFL teams, but I think that would require negotiations with each individual team, which could prove difficult. Last I knew, HP had the D-backs, Suns, and the Cardinals 757s. So, not sure what you would do about the Cardinals. Still, I would love to see those. It could be a great way of advertising...although the NFL is already doing quite well...NHL could use it.
Basically, I almost always love seeing special paint schemes and I don't think that WN has let me down with any designs yet! Perhaps they should have one dedicated to some of the "original bunch" like Herb, Rollin King, Colleen Barrett, etc. Or perhaps the famous cocktail napkin with the triangle...ehhh...on second thought, the last one I think looks better as a poster.
KDALAggie From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 66 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2713 times:
Thanks Iowa744fan. BTW, I also have all of the WN special themes posters as well as the 732 old scheme.
I think they should continue the state planes and it would not surprise me to see a state plane from the northeast, but unfortunately must consider the downside that they have. The extra time and money for other colors of paint, extra labor for painting, and the extra time to make sure the paint schemes stay tidy. Although, I don't work there and don't know how much extras it takes for these. Any employee knowledge would be better.
Although there's just some part of me that really does not see an 'Oklahoma One' coming down the pipe. I hope there no offense to Oklahoman's, it is a beautiful state to my north, but I just don't see this as a "sexy" airplane like "Lone Star" and "Arizona One".
If I had to choose a new theme plane I was always wondering about a "College One" plane that shows the insignias of some of the colleges in the states they fly to.
ChrisNH From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 3804 posts, RR: 2 Reply 16, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2575 times:
The picture above showing the 737 with winglets was taken here at Manchester, NH...one of Southwest's top stations in terms of load factor.
I've always suggested that Southwest should have a 'New England One' paint scheme...a montage of a lighthouse, a maple tree, a sailboat, a historical monument, for example. Nothing Massachusetts, though: just New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. Eventually, my theory is that WN will expand to Portland, Maine and perhaps Burlington, VT...making Massachusetts the only New England state not served by the carrier. Well, wishful thinking I suppose.
SWAFA30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 17, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2555 times:
I'm just guessing here but I think there are a couple of reason why we don't see more SWA themed aircraft. First, the more of them there are, the less "special" they become. The point of having a theme plane in the first place is to generate buzz, anticipation...you want passengers to really stop and take notice when they see one taxi by...you lose some of the "Wow" factor if you have too many of them. Second, SWA might not want to jeopardize their brand recognition. The point of selecting a livery in the first place is to have a Customer see it and then instantly make a mental and maybe even emotional connection with your carrier. Now matter how ugly you consider the WN Livery(old or new) you have to admit...you see it and know exactly who it is without even thinking. Even non-aviation enthusiasts know a WN jet when they see one. It takes years to build up that kind of brand recognition...once you do get a foothold in the marketplace, the last thing you want to do is dilute your brand recognition. For instance I know that WestPac had several theme planes but for the life of me I can't remember what their original livery looked like. One last quick thought....I don't think management has the same inferiority complex about our new livery that they carried with the old one. The old livery was/is ugly...and everyone including management knew it was ugly. However, contrary to popular opinion...they really do think that the Canyon Blue Livery is beautiful and may be less likely to futz with it.
Iowa744fan From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 928 posts, RR: 2 Reply 18, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2471 times:
As mentioned above, the silver one is called "Silver One" to commemorate their 25th or silver anniversary some years back.
To my knowledge, they have:
3 Shamus-one for each park (2 -500s and 1 -300)
Triple Crown One (-300)
Silver One -(300)
Lone Star One (-300)
New Mexico One (-700)
Arizona One (-300)
Nevada One (-700)
California One (-300)
The last I knew, California One, Lone Star One, and one of the Shamus are the only ones to have the Canyon Sunrise blue paint on the tail and some parts of the aircraft. The Shamus looked great before, and I think even better with the blue instead of the brown. Looks more like the sea.
They also have some planes with things like NBA Finals, Nolan Ryan Express, etc. but these titles are small and not across the whole aircraft.
Dacman From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 444 posts, RR: 10 Reply 20, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2313 times:
We keep hoping for another theme plane, and we have heard rumors one is forthcoming. We had even heard that the 400th 737 delivered to us was going to wear a commemorative livery, but that sure didn't turn out to be true.
Silver1SWA From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 4535 posts, RR: 26 Reply 21, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2223 times:
From what I hear, the old tan color scheme will become a special scheme. When the day comes that the entire fleet will have gotten the new paint job, I think three aircraft are to be left in the original tan colors to commemorate WN's early days.
Or something like that...
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