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User currently offlineFlyerC_B757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1053 times:

Hi,

I don't know if this is true or not, but I thought I heard somewhere that SWA is re-upholstering their aircraft seats to all leather. Hmmm...

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User currently offlineSccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5505 posts, RR: 28
Reply 1, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1016 times:

Yes, they are. The new scheme is tan and blue leather. Quite nice.


...three miles from BRONS, clear for the ILS one five approach...
User currently offlineAATripleseven From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 324 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 998 times:

They sure are:


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User currently offlineBooyala From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 981 times:

Cattle enjoy sitting on dead cattle.

User currently offlineAeroGlobeAir7 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 586 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 960 times:

Yep, it's true. Their all 737 fleet will become all leather seating. They will be brown and canyon blue leather. Very interesting!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineAKDan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 922 times:

Man, those seats look hot! Do you think they will last longer then conventional fabric seats?

User currently offlineVngd4me From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 238 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 919 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.

User currently offlineSEVEN_FIFTY7 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 957 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 915 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.

User currently offlineDeltaflyertoo From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1647 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 903 times:

I also read it is going to take 10 years to install all the a/c and paint the fleet. Is it me or is that absurd?

At least all us airliner freaks know up front so 5 years from now we won't be starting threads like, "Why is it taking so long for SW planes to reconfigure?"


User currently offlineCoAir@IAH From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 271 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 891 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.


User currently offlineFlashmeister From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2900 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 886 times:
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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?


User currently offlineAeroGlobeAir7 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 586 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 886 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.

User currently offlineGoingboeing From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4875 posts, RR: 16
Reply 12, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 881 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.


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