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User currently offlineSXDFC From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 2449 posts, RR: 23
Posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2860 times:

Hey Guys:

Today I saw a Southwest Airlines 737-300 arriving into ISP and I noticed what seems to be a rare site, it was in the old colors! (It was Southwest 3009 from TPA). My question is does anyone know how many -300s are left in the Southwest Airlines old colors? If my memory is correct I know N350SW and N345SA are still wearing them.


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User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2837 times:



Quoting SXDFC (Thread starter):
My question is does anyone know how many -300s are left in the Southwest Airlines old colors?

Based on the last numbers I saw, there probably about 20% of the 733 fleet (185 or so) left that are still in the old colors, but I don't know the specific ship numbers.


User currently offlineSilver1SWA From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 4865 posts, RR: 25
Reply 2, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2746 times:
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Quoting OPNLguy (Reply 1):
Based on the last numbers I saw, there probably about 20% of the 733 fleet (185 or so) left that are still in the old colors, but I don't know the specific ship numbers.

How long ago did you see those numbers? Old colors are certainly becoming very rare on both -300s and -700s but especially the -300s...to the point where seeing one immediately grabs my attention!

I'm curious to know how many are left.



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User currently offlineSXDFC From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 2449 posts, RR: 23
Reply 3, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2686 times:



Quoting Silver1SWA (Reply 2):
How long ago did you see those numbers? Old colors are certainly becoming very rare on both -300s and -700s but especially the -300s...to the point where seeing one immediately grabs my attention!

I'm curious to know how many are left.

Its kinda sad that the old colors are starting to become a rarity, I actually liked them! and looking at pics of N714CB looks great in them! IMHO I wish they went this route rather then Canyon Blue, as the "Desert Gold" seems to fade a bit better then Canyon Blue.. That's just my 2cents...

I believe the only -300s that I am aware of though are left (again I can be wrong) are N336SW,N340LV,N345SA,N350SA,N647SW( Triple Crown will actually keep the old colors tail) .

-700s

N746SW,N747SA,N755SA,N756SA,N758SW,N779SW (N711HK,N714CBand N792SW keep their old colors).



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User currently offlineMMEPHX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2387 times:



Quoting SXDFC (Reply 3):
I wish they went this route rather then Canyon Blue, as the "Desert Gold" seems to fade a bit better then Canyon Blue.. That's just my 2cents.

I've noticed some of the new color scheme aircraft where the Canyon Blue has faded very badly and looks very 'washed out' is this a problem with the paint or an expected part of the life cycle?


User currently offlineArcrftLvr From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 826 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2148 times:



Quoting MMEPHX (Reply 4):
I've noticed some of the new color scheme aircraft where the Canyon Blue has faded very badly and looks very 'washed out' is this a problem with the paint or an expected part of the life cycle?

I asked this same question some time ago. From what I understood, the fading was a problem with the paint that was selected. Early on in the re-paint program, the paint that was used faded much quicker than the paint they are using now. Supposedly, this problem was corrected and the paint will not continue to fade so early on in the life cycle. However, some of the planes that received the first paint jobs are still out there and still badly faded.


User currently offlineCandid76 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 743 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1912 times:

Does anyone know which Southwest 733s are scheduled to be retired in the near future? So far only one I haven't seen has gone (696) but as it will be at least a year before I get the opportunity to cross the Atlantic again I'm a bit worried about missing these:-

300/305/306/326/327/331/336/338
670/676/680/682/683/690/691/694/695/697

I'd be very disappointed if I missed 300 (Southwest's first one) which has always eluded me!


User currently offlineC767P From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 893 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1636 times:



Quoting SXDFC (Reply 3):
I believe the only -300s that I am aware of though are left (again I can be wrong) are N336SW,N340LV,N345SA,N350SA,N647SW( Triple Crown will actually keep the old colors tail) .

-700s

N746SW,N747SA,N755SA,N756SA,N758SW,N779SW (N711HK,N714CBand N792SW keep their old colors).

This is what I have in addition to what you listed. Nothing official, just from a list I have…again, in addition to what you have listed, these are aircraft sill in the old scheme:

-300:

N329SW N335SW N337SW N338SW N339SW N344SW N347SW N349SW

-700:

N748SW N751SW N752SW N757LV N759GS N773SA N778SW N784SW N787SA N788SA N791SW N792SW


User currently offlineSXDFC From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 2449 posts, RR: 23
Reply 8, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1589 times:



Quoting Candid76 (Reply 6):
Does anyone know which Southwest 733s are scheduled to be retired in the near future?

Southwest 733s, will stay until they turn 25 years old, that's usually the age limit WN keeps their planes. However some of the leased -300s such as N673AA,N322SW,N321SW,N320SW (and others I am sure) have left the fleet, and I am sure more might follow as well. Also keep in mind 90 of the -300s will get winglets too,although I am not sure if there almost done with that as well? I believe the most recent -300 to get them is N641SW..



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