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Southwest’s Fleet: Repainting And Winglets  
User currently offlineC767P From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 888 posts, RR: 2
Posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 6361 times:

I have not seen much about Southwest’s repainting process here. From what I can see there are 40 aircraft in the original Southwest scheme, the rest are all in the Canyon Blue.

All 25 Boeing 737-500’s are repainted in the Canyon Blue and none have winglets. Will they ever receive them?

From what I know and have been able to find, there are 13 Boeing 737-300’s left in the original livery. This is what I have for -300s NOT repainted yet:

N329SW
N333SW
N335SW
N336SW
N337SW
N338SW
N339SW
N340LV
N344SW
N345SA
N347SW
N349SW
N350SW

From what I know and have been able to find, there are 27 Boeing 737-700’s left in the original livery. This is what I have for -700s NOT repainted yet:

N709SW
N711HK
N714CB
N734SA
N737JW
N746SW
N747SA
N748SW
N751SW
N752SW
N755SA
N756SA
N758SW
N759GS
N764SW
N766SW
N769SW
N773SA
N776WN
N777QC
N778SW
N779SW
N784SW
N787SA
N788SA
N791SW
N792SW


From what I know and have been able to find, there are 54 Boeing 737-300’s that have received winglets. Here is that list:

N358SW
N359SW
N360SW
N361SW
N362SW
N363SW
N364SW
N365SW
N366SW
N368SW (First -300 to receive winglets)
N369SW
N370SW
N371SW
N372SW
N373SW
N374SW
N375SW
N376SW
N380SW
N382SW
N383SW ("Arizona One")
N390SW
N391SW
N394SW
N395SW
N396SW
N398SW
N399WN
N600WN
N601WN ("The Jack Vidal")
N602SW
N603SW
N604SW
N605SW
N611SW
N614SW
N616SW
N618WN
N620SW
N622SW
N623SW
N624SW
N625SW
N627SW
N628SW
N631SW
N635SW
N642WN
N648SW
N649SW
N652SW
N654SW
N655WN
N656SW

Also, from the information I have, Southwest has 13 special schemes and 21 aircraft that have some type of “logo” on them. This is what I have of those:

N214WN ("Maryland One")
N215WN ("Ron Chapman - Luv is on the Air")
N224WN ("Slam Dunk One")
N230WN (5,000th Boeing 737)
N238WN ("Spreading the Luv for 35 years")
N248WN (2,000th 737 NG)
N273WN ("Adopt A Pilot")
N279WN ("Summer of Love")
N281WN (500th B737 for WN)
N289CT (Charles E. Taylor)
N297WN ("Southwest Luvs Kidd's Kids")
N300SW ("The Spirit of Kitty Hawk")
N334SW ("Shamu")
N352SW ("Lonestar One")
N383SW ("Arizona One")
N417WN ("Rollin W King")
N418WN ("The Winning Spirit" )
N439WN ("The Donald G Oyden")
N443WN ("The Spirit of Hope")
N601WN ("The Jack Vidal")
N607SW ("The June M. Morris")
N609SW ("California One")
N629SW ("Silver One" )
N647SW ("Triple Crown" )
N266WN ("Tony Jannus Award -2007"/"Heroine of the Heart")
N713SW ("Shamu")
N714CB ("Southwest Classic" )
N715SW ("Shamu")
N727SW ("Nevada One")
N742SW ("Nolan Ryan Express")
N781WN ("New Mexico One")
N793SA ("Spirit One")
N918WN ("Illinois One" )
N929WN (Southwest Kidds Kids)

Any corrections are welcome.

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User currently offlineQANTAS747-438 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1983 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 6231 times:

That all sounds about right. However, you say that in your section of -700s NOT painted in the Canyon Blue, N711HK and N714CB are included. They are actually special liveries that were RE-painted into a gold/red belly modified scheme. They will never be Canyon Blue.

According to our MX site, 501 aircraft have the Canyon Blue Spirit exterior, which equates to 93.8% of the fleet.

To update your list in the future, these planes will get winglets on:
N647SW - JAN 10
N646SW - JAN 30
N619SW - JAN 30
N609SW - FEB 1
N645SW - FEB 11
N641SW - FEB 11
N607SW - FEB 13
N637SW - FEB 23
N638SW - FEB 23
N367SW - FEB 25

Also, these planes will get the Canyon Blue Spirit paint on:
N777QC - JAN 2
N751SW - JAN 16
N752SW - JAN 23
N746SW - JAN 30
N755SW - FEB 6
N747SW - FEB 13
N748SW - FEB 20
N756SW - FEB 27

Also - N930WN should arrive on JAN 23 and N931WN should arrive on FEB 16.

Lastly, it looks like N629SW (Silver One) will get a "re-Silver One paint". Not sure if it will change or not. I hope it does!



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User currently offlineWNFlyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 14 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 6187 times:

My first flight on Southwest was on N418SW (The Winning Spirit). It was a nice clean plane back in 9/2006.

Here is a pic before we boarded. We flew BDL to MCO.



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User currently offlineGlbltrvlr From United States of America, joined Oct 2007, 768 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 6187 times:

I wouldn't expect the 500s to get winglets if all they are used for are short haul segments. The cost and weight penalty of the winglets would never get paid back by the limited cruise those aircraft do.

User currently offlineC767P From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 888 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 6187 times:



Quoting QANTAS747-438 (Reply 1):

Thanks for the information. California One to get winglets!

If 501 aircraft are in the Canyon Blue I am about 5 aircraft off…

I would be neat to see another change to Silver One.


User currently offlineFLY2TUS From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 71 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 6134 times:

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think N711HK and N714CB won't be repainted in Canyon Blue as far as I know. They're the ones that have the "special" old color scheme that's here to stay.


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User currently offlineMicstatic From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 785 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 6122 times:

I wish they kept the old paint scheme.


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User currently offlineArgonaut From UK - Scotland, joined Dec 2004, 422 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 6023 times:



Quoting FLY2TUS (Reply 5):
They're the ones that have the "special" old color scheme

Special paint, special reg suffixes, too: HK for Herb, CB for Colleen.
 twocents 



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User currently offlineSXDFC From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 2428 posts, RR: 22
Reply 8, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5935 times:

A/C 792 will also keep the old colors as it was the last plane delivered in the old colors.

I hope Silver One looks better!

Also btw a/c 709 is in the new colors.

[Edited 2008-12-09 16:14:23]

Also lastly a/c 301-302 carry the Spirit Of Kitty Hawk titles too!

[Edited 2008-12-09 16:18:29]


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User currently offlineSJC4Me From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 375 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5830 times:

Isn't Kidds Kids actually N485WN or are they moving the theme to a new plane?


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User currently offlineC767P From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 888 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 5791 times:



Quoting SXDFC (Reply 8):
Also lastly a/c 301-302 carry the Spirit Of Kitty Hawk titles too!

Thanks for the info! N301SW was withdrawn from use; last revenue flight was 9/21/08.

Quoting SJC4Me (Reply 9):
Isn't Kidds Kids actually N485WN or are they moving the theme to a new plane?

The logo is no longer on N485WN, looks like it was removed between January and May of 2007.

N297WN and N929WN both have the same Kidds Kids logo.


User currently offlineCanyonBlue17 From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 470 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 5781 times:

I believe the three -700s being kept (or repainted) in the original colors are being done so to represent Southwest's first three start-up destinations: Dallas, Houston and San Antonio.

User currently offlineSXDFC From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 2428 posts, RR: 22
Reply 12, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 5643 times:



Quoting CanyonBlue17 (Reply 11):
I believe the three -700s being kept (or repainted) in the original colors are being done so to represent Southwest's first three start-up destinations: Dallas, Houston and San Antonio.

That is true, and the reason for the number three is to commemorate the first three SWA routes. The first Three WN routes were Dallas, San Antonio and Houston as Canyon Blue stated.


Here are the three a/c that will most likely never see a shade of Canyon Blue!

N711HK:


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N714CB:


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N792SW:


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Side note(s)

HK- Herb Kelleher

CB- Colleen Barrett

AFAIK- A/C 792 has not been repainted into its newer shade of gold yet.

Quoting SJC4Me (Reply 9):
Isn't Kidds Kids actually N485WN or are they moving the theme to a new plane?

Those titles were removed when ship 297 came online.



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User currently offlineAV8orWALK From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 187 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 5575 times:



Quoting Micstatic (Reply 6):
I wish they kept the old paint scheme.

As much as I loved the classic theme, I think the canyon blue livery represents the Southwest Airlines of the present day. I love the explanation of the theme...the blue being the color of the sky replicated when the sun sets over the desert west.

Cheers
Drew MCO



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User currently offlineSilver1SWA From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 4851 posts, RR: 26
Reply 14, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 5548 times:
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Thanks for starting this thread! Very interesting. I can tell you, seeing an aircraft arrive in the old scheme is becoming more and more rare.

Quoting QANTAS747-438 (Reply 1):
Lastly, it looks like N629SW (Silver One) will get a "re-Silver One paint". Not sure if it will change or not. I hope it does!

Really?! Again?! That's the second time in 3 years. Only Arizona One has had more repaints since I began with the company 4 years ago. Haha... What's up with these special liveries?

Quoting SXDFC (Reply 8):
A/C 792 will also keep the old colors as it was the last plane delivered in the old colors.

I thought I heard that a long time ago as well. I have been waiting for it, but starting to wonder if that is still the plan. I guess we will see.



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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 20247 posts, RR: 59
Reply 15, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 5455 times:

Those winglets really make the 737 turn from a fugly duckling to a beautiful swan. Especially the -800 and -900. Saw all the wingleted birds on Virgin Blue and QF in Australia and they look beautiful.

Never thought I'd find a 737 "beautiful."


User currently offlineSXDFC From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 2428 posts, RR: 22
Reply 16, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 5332 times:



Quoting Silver1SWA (Reply 14):
I thought I heard that a long time ago as well. I have been waiting for it, but starting to wonder if that is still the plan. I guess we will see.

I am sure it still is, heck look at a/c 793 from the last time I saw her she can use a nice new coat of Canyon Blue! I am sure both a/c will be done soon.

I don't know about anyone else but I too am looking forward to seeing another WN specialty plane! =).



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User currently offlineMicstatic From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 785 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 5321 times:



Quoting AV8orWALK (Reply 13):
As much as I loved the classic theme, I think the canyon blue livery represents the Southwest Airlines of the present day. I love the explanation of the theme...the blue being the color of the sky replicated when the sun sets over the desert west.

Don't know. Reminds me more of a McDonalds or childrens playground color scheme.



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User currently offlineSkoker From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 440 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 4662 times:

Very interesting thread, thanks for posting! I had no idea that after almost 8 years so many ships still had to be painted

Quoting WNFlyer (Reply 2):
My first flight on Southwest was on N418SW (The Winning Spirit). It was a nice clean plane back in 9/2006.

Here is a pic before we boarded. We flew BDL to MCO.

Ship 418 wasn't my first WN flight, but it was my first -700 flight with WN. BUF-MCO as flight 900 a few years back.

Quoting Silver1SWA (Reply 14):
Thanks for starting this thread! Very interesting. I can tell you, seeing an aircraft arrive in the old scheme is becoming more and more rare.

Here in BUF, Southwest parks their 3 surplus RON aircraft next to ours at the blastfence at K1 and I'm surprised at how many times I see a "Classic" plane being parked there. Interesting stuff.


User currently offlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7554 posts, RR: 23
Reply 19, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 4445 times:



Quoting SXDFC (Reply 12):
Here are the three a/c that will most likely never see a shade of Canyon Blue!

N711HK:

N714CB:

N792SW:

If one looks a bit more closely, one can see that N711HK is more unique in that it does NOT have the white outline around the fuselage windows. IMHO this should've been WN's New standard c/s.

Quoting AV8orWALK (Reply 13):
As much as I loved the classic theme, I think the canyon blue livery represents the Southwest Airlines of the present day. I love the explanation of the theme...the blue being the color of the sky replicated when the sun sets over the desert west.

That's all well and good, but my main beef w/this scheme is the selection of the bright yellow-orange color used for the titles and stripes between the blue/red/orange; it clashes quite a bit.

IMHO, it would've been better for WN to use either white or silver for the stripes and lettering. If one notices, the lettering on their ticket aisle signs (w/the blue background) and the lettering on the blue shirts is either white or a very light grey.



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User currently offlineSXDFC From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 2428 posts, RR: 22
Reply 20, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 4249 times:



Quoting PHLBOS (Reply 19):
If one looks a bit more closely, one can see that N711HK is more unique in that it does NOT have the white outline around the fuselage windows. IMHO this should've been WN's New standard c/s.

I actually think N714CB would have been better as a "revised colorscheme" although you do bring up a good point with 711HK.

The only thing I DO NOT like about Canyon Blue is the fact it seems to fade quite quick.


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I always wondered though if WN would ever get seats like this one, I think recaro makes them?


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I ask this because I heard that these seats are actually more lighter then other seats out there... Dont flame me on that!



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User currently offlineSilver1SWA From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 4851 posts, RR: 26
Reply 21, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 4167 times:
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Quoting PHLBOS (Reply 19):
If one looks a bit more closely, one can see that N711HK is more unique in that it does NOT have the white outline around the fuselage windows. IMHO this should've been WN's New standard c/s.

I disagree. N714CB looks very sharp with the white trim around the windows in my opinion. N711HK just looks...odd.



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User currently offlineERAUgrad02 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 1227 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3951 times:



Quoting SXDFC (Reply 20):

This 737 Classic has updated overhead bins too. I'd say soft white lighting too. It's nice...

Desmond in ILM,



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User currently offlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7554 posts, RR: 23
Reply 23, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3893 times:



Quoting ERAUgrad02 (Reply 22):
Quoting SXDFC (Reply 20):

This 737 Classic has updated overhead bins too. I'd say soft white lighting too. It's nice...

 confused  Unless you forgot to post a plane pic. for your reply, the plane in SXDFC's pic is that of a Swiss International A320.

Quoting Silver1SWA (Reply 21):
N714CB looks very sharp with the white trim around the windows in my opinion. N711HK just looks...odd.

That's probably due in part to the fact that WN has had the white trim around the windows as long as it had the Desert/Mustard gold scheme for over 30+ years. Had they not had it; the treatment on N711HK may not appear as odd/different.



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User currently offlineSXDFC From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 2428 posts, RR: 22
Reply 24, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3769 times:



Quoting PHLBOS (Reply 23):
Unless you forgot to post a plane pic. for your reply, the plane in SXDFC's pic is that of a Swiss International A320.

When I posted that picture, I said that I always wondered if WN would ever get the recaro seats that are in the picture. I know you wont find those bins on the 737  Wink.



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