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Has Southwest's New Livery Won You Over Yet?  
User currently offlineLAX From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 2290 posts, RR: 3
Posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2259 times:

Southwest has had this scheme for a couple months now. I recall the initial reaction here was mostly negative to this very nice scheme (my opinion).

After watching them fly for a while now, what are your thoughts?


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Or would most of you prefer this one as Southwest's permanent colors? .............

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(This one's nice too.)

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User currently offlineAir Orange From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2177 times:

It is no meat nor fish. I really do not have an opinion about the new Southwest livery. Sometimes I like it and sometimes my feelings get disorientated. Really strange and mixed appearance...very weird.

User currently offlineAir Orange From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2175 times:

Still confusioning. I cannot choose.

http://www.webstudio.nl/liladesign/illustrations/view_alone.nhtml?profile=illustrations&UID=10006


User currently offlineApuneger From Belgium, joined Sep 2000, 3032 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2160 times:

I like the older style. I think its colors are more distinguishing at airports, so it is easier to recognize Southwest aircraft.

I just think that the older livery is more beautiful.

Ivan



Ivan Coninx - Brussels Aviation Photography
User currently offlineLindy field From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 3120 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2146 times:
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One of my ex-girlfriends always referred to Southwest's planes in the old livery as "flying salmon." I think the new livery is an improvement but I have yet to see it in person.

User currently offlineFlygga From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2132 times:

I like the new one better. The old reminds me of something you find in a baby's diaper!



User currently offlineRominato From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 268 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2124 times:

It's still ugly.

User currently offlineMls515 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3076 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2113 times:

I have yet to see it in person, but I think I still like the old one better. I'll be at MCI on the 20th, & DAL on the 23rd and 30th, so maybe I'll get to see one then and rethink my preference.


mls515


User currently offlineGOT From Sweden, joined Dec 2000, 1912 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2107 times:

The new c/s looks better then the one they had before, but it doesn't say so much. The one thay had before is so boring.

GOT



Just like birdwatching - without having to be so damned quiet!
User currently offlineHighflyer16 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 117 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2102 times:

Southwest has always had the ugliest livery as far as I am concerned.

This one seems to be about as bad as the original.

It's a disgrace for one of the airline's industry leaders to fly around planes that look like this.

They need to hire "Air Orange" or someone else who knows about livery design right away!  Smile


User currently offlineGoingboeing From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4875 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2093 times:

As a shareholder in Southwest, I could care less if they painted them pea green and pink - people can't see it from the inside, and judging from 27 consecutive years of profitabilty, a lot of people are on the inside of their planes. I haven't seen the new one yet, I hope to in a couple of weeks.

Just yesterday, sitting on my deck and watching planes flying over (I'm 50 miles from the airport, so they are pretty high) I try to figure out what airline is flying over. The red bellied war birds are easy to spot. Gotta LUV it.


User currently offlineLindy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2085 times:

Rominato, you probably never saw those airplanes in person. They are absolutely gorgeous. I dont like Southwest Airlines but I like their new image.
I took pictures of exactly those aircrafts in past two weeks at BWI

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User currently offlineTravatl From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2173 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2083 times:

The new scheme is uglier than any airline paint scheme I have ever seen. The New Mexico One plane above would have even been an improvement over that thing. It's even worse in real life than in photos. Perhaps if they had kept the red bottom, with a blue top (no wavy line, though), and for God's sake, what's up with the BRIGHT NEON YELLOW "Southwest" on the tail. Whoever chose this should be immeiately sent for a drug screen.

HOWEVER, as Goingboeing put it, after 27 years of profitability, I guess they could leave them unpainted and unpolished, and it wouldn't matter....I'll just have to start wearing dark sunglasses any time I'm in a Southwest city (which is more and more these days).

Traivs


User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 34
Reply 13, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2077 times:

I liked the old one although i have not seen the new in person.

Gold doesn't really go with anything else, i think they should make it a little more modern but keep the gold as blue looks a little out of place.

Although, now that i look at it another way....

EGGD


User currently offlineRominato From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 268 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2077 times:

Actually, i have... LAX has a lot of planes passing through, and I'm over by LAX often....

User currently offlineFan_I_am From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 2066 times:

NO!


Fan_I_Am (not of WN new colors)


User currently offlineSEA nw DC10 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 491 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 2045 times:

This new livery is supposed to depict an arizona canyon sunset, when in reality, it looks like a box of Crayola markers exploded onto the plane. The colors do not match whatsoever, I don't like the old colors that much, but comparing the two, I'd go for the old colors. All in all though, SWA is one of the airline leaders so more power to them. I really don't think this livery will last long if the late 90's Delta livery didn't last 3 years w/o a revision, and that livery was one of the most conservative ones I've seen.

SEA nw DC10


User currently offlineCaptcjmac From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 86 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 2028 times:

SOUTHWEST HAD AND STILL HAS THE WORST PAINT SCHEME OF ANY US AIRLINE, PERIOD.

User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 32
Reply 18, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 2025 times:

Lindy field:

My wife calls aircraft with the old paint job..."hot dogs".

Tom in NO (at MSY)



"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina
User currently offlineILOVEPLANES! From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 2016 times:

I LOVE THE NEW SCHEME! I will miss the old one but luckily they will still have 3 in the old scheme to honor the 3 original cities. I saw 3 of them on the same day at Las Vegas Mccarran Intl (their second busiest airport with about 166 operations each day) , these photos have something wrong with them, the blue isn't showing up correctly! You jsut have to see it in person and it is really lovely. I fly it all the time in flight simulator (if anyone wants it e-mail N521NA@aol.com, it's not the one at flightsim.com which is VERY unrealistic), and i got used to it.

User currently offlineAmerica West From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 2007 times:

I've seen a couple of the new ones at CMH. I think that they are very nice compared to the old colors. But that's just my opinion.

User currently offlineDragon-wings From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3986 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 2002 times:

I loved southwests new colors from the very start. And now Im starting to see more of them landing and taking off at ISP


Don't give up don't ever give up - Jim Valvano
User currently offlineWe're Nuts From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5722 posts, RR: 19
Reply 22, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 1998 times:

I'd be happy with either!


Still 'Nuts



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User currently offlineLubcha132 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2776 posts, RR: 7
Reply 23, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 1991 times:

I think it went from bad to worse...the colors stand out and they should go 50's retro, not 70's retro.

User currently offlineContinentalFan From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 357 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 1983 times:

It is very nice in person. Looks classy. Flew on one last week DAL-HOU. The interior is very nice too - the lack of bulkheads, etc. makes it seem very spacious. Also noticed that the seats on the left side are not lined up w/ the ones on the right (e.g. they're staggered). Didn't ever notice that b4 on Southwest.

Mike.


25 Kohflot : I got my first good long look at the new scheme today at BWI (I had seen it before at RDU, but just in passing). In reality, there's not much differen
26 Jared : Yuck. I guess blue is better but still not very appealing.
27 CPDC10-30 : I've always liked the new livery.
28 AerLingus : I think that it is just the shock of having the first new livery since the 1960's. If you look at it long enough, it starts to look nice.
29 BlatantEcho : I started to like it until I saw two new planes at OAK, and it looked like it was purple, not canyon blue or whatever. With most good pictures, I do l
30 757PF : HOW can anybody like the ugly OLD scheme better than this nice new blue one!!!??? What exactly is SO BAD about the new one? It's very nice, I think! $
31 Post contains images TeXstud323 : I'm still saying "NO" to the new livery. It's just too SMURFY for my taste I guess. At least it's not another solid white fuselage with over-sized bil
32 Type-rated : I liked the "Silver" picture posted. They could make the tail the same silver/red or even silver/blue and it would be fine. I think their old livery l
33 Western737 : I like both. I thought the old livery do match the color of southwest climate/geography so is the new one. I wasnt used to see the new one but more I
34 Post contains images 757PF : Nice colors.
35 Dave in Berlin : Nope, and I doubt it ever will either. It's a good thing everything else about Southwest is so well done. Cheers, Dave in Berlin
36 IMISSPIEDMONT : May be late, but who cares. The new Southwest livery is an improvement. Still not great, but better than the 'baby puke' colors of before. I think, th
37 Climbout : Believe me it looks much better in person.
38 Max Q : Anything's better than there old paint job.
39 Airplanetire : I really like the old Southwest brown livery. It's really unique and kind of ugly, but I like it. The new livery is not really very good in my opinion
40 Post contains links and images DTW_Steve : I like it a little better tahn the old one, but its nothing really spectacular. And even if you do hate it, you still got admit, at least it doesn't l
41 Bur707 : I like it better than the old.
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