Vngd4me From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 238 posts, RR: 5 Reply 6, posted (12 years 9 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 773 times:
In the 30th Anniversary press release about the new Livery & interiors thats what they said;basically though they are more expensive to put in, they are supposed to be cheaper to maintain, easier to clean & will last longer than fabric. Time will tell.
SEVEN_FIFTY7 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 957 posts, RR: 4 Reply 7, posted (12 years 9 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 769 times:
That new interior may look sporty now. But the tannish/orange-ish part of those seats are gonna get real dirty eventually. I don't care what SWA claims, those seats are gonna look really shitty in another year. It won't be that easy to clean.
CoAir@IAH From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 271 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (12 years 9 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 745 times:
I think it is a good idea for Southwest to do something, and converting all of the interiors to "all-leather" is a step in the right direction.
But to me, the tell-tale sign of what makes Southwest (and USAirways for that matter) a "bush-league" airline is how long they say it is going to take to get their aircraft refurbished.
Point: When they get the last aircraft fitted with the new interiors, then first ones will be old. So much for consistancy. People are still going to have old-looking planes to fly on. (Also, how long did it take USAir to get all of their heaps painted? Are they even finished yet??!!??)
Southwest needs to get that done in five years or less, or they are going to be right back in the same situation in 2012.
Flashmeister From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2891 posts, RR: 7 Reply 10, posted (12 years 9 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 740 times:
I disagree - I think that Southwest is setting themselves up for a good program.
If the fleet scheduling, etc., can go smoothly for 10 years as they replace interiors and liveries, then the same program can be used indefinitely to replace interiors and overhaul them with updated technologies/amenities. They're going slow but steady, and that's what they'll have to do for the next-generation interior, too.
I hardly think that taking 10 years for almost 500 planes is out of line - that's about a plane a week. What more do you want? WN to ground their fleet and do it overnight?
AeroGlobeAir7 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 586 posts, RR: 2 Reply 11, posted (12 years 9 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 740 times:
I believe USAirways isn't finished painting their fleet. Last year at MCI I spotted a DC-9-31 in the old interim colors, and last August at MCI one of the two Fokker F100s I spotted were in the interim colors. Air Midwest still has to repaint all of their Beech 1900s, so there's still at least a few planes in the old colors out there.
Goingboeing From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4875 posts, RR: 18 Reply 12, posted (12 years 9 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 735 times:
Memo from Herb:
Effective immediately, we will suspend service for about 6 weeks so that we can repaint our fleet and install the leather seating. People currently holding reservations will be asked to make other arrangements. We are sorry for any inconveniece this might cause, but we have been taking considerable heat from posters on airliners.net concerning our original plans to conduct this changeover over a 10 year timeframe. In retrospect, we realized that liveries are more important than making money, so we will take whatever steps are necessary to alleviate any problems in regards to our livery change.
***end of memo***
There's a reason WN has made money for 27 consecutive years - spreading a major program (livery change) over 10 years is one way of doing it. As hard as it is to believe, 99.9% of passengers really don't give a rats a** about the color of the plane they are flying. Call them bush league if you want...they make money, and there are several airlines out there (AA,UAL,DAL,NWA,etc.) who would give their left gonad to become "bush league" in that sense.