B6JFKH81 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2807 posts, RR: 7 Reply 15, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 6647 times:
Quoting atrude777 (Reply 13): Don't think WN is doing that at the same time, as WN had announced they planned to remove all of XM by end of February so it shouldn't be taking THAT long...
Hmmmm....that's interesting. I would just assume that removing the corresponding XEBs, DPCU's and whatnot would take longer than that. Guess that was a very well put together de-mod line they had set up!
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Notice the nose number.. Much like 555 and 556WN ( The two FL deliveries in the current WN fleet ), have a digital standby instrument, no HUD, and a few other oddities. 555 and 556 also have the VHF Antennae and have a selcal code which is something that isn't on the standard WN 73NG
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No. I assume it's being done by Aviation Technical Services, but I can't say for sure (they've leased quite a bit of their space to Boeing for 787 rework). Anyone with WN know if this is the case? I'm not aware of any other airframe servicer on the field, so I assume it's ATS...I know WN was sending birds there when it was still Goodrich.
wnflyguy From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2011, 409 posts, RR: 0 Reply 23, posted (1 year 11 months 4 days ago) and read 3709 times:
From what I have heard and it's my understanding all but 18 or 20 FL 737-700 will go for conversion at a rate of 2 or 3 planes every 25 days starting in FEB. Along with the FL 737-700 conversions and 800 deliveries 1- 700 and 1- 800 will be used to replace 2 737-500 retirements every month starting FEB-DEC 2012 until all 25 737-500 are gone.Then starting JAN 2013 5 717-200 every 15 days will get a new seat lay out off 117 and WN paint. And now that the pilots are merging there work groups the first 717 retirement is not until 2017-18. Also with the 717 will have SOUTHWEST.COM along the fuselage instead of the tail like the 737. For the FA's and PROVO the 717 will have the same 737-800 half cart's in the galleys for bevrage service.This will make it easy for the Provo agents to roll up to 717 or 800 and restock quickly without a need for another type of cart stocked on the trucks. That's all I have for rumors this month and to my good source of info and friend from HDQ after 30+ years at WN I hope you enjoy your retirement!!!! Your emails, phone calls and good times at spirit party's will be missed happy landings to were ever they may take you..wnfg xoxo
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kgaiflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 4012 posts, RR: 1 Reply 24, posted (1 year 11 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3519 times:
Quoting wnflyguy (Reply 23): Then starting JAN 2013 5 717-200 every 15 days will get a new seat lay out off 117 and WN paint. And now that the pilots are merging there work groups the first 717 retirement is not until 2017-18. Also with the 717 will have SOUTHWEST.COM along the fuselage instead of the tail like the 737.
I'd have to see it.
The paint scheme looks fine without SOUTHWEST.COM on the side.
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25 atrude777: I can see that though. When WN had the 727, another T Tail aircraft SOUTHWEST could not fit on the T Tail they had to move it to the Body of the Plan
26 atrude777: Yep! Next FL Bird to convert will be N302AT into N7702. Alex
27 QANTAS747-438: Ugh, this should be fun trying to figure out what type of a/c it is based on the tail number.
28 swacle: If I had to guess, OTIS and all flight documentation (bin slips, flight packets, etc.) will utilize the new "ship numbers" which will be on the nose
29 akelley728: Why are some of the FL birds not getting converted?
30 wnflyguy: 18 to 20 737-700 will remain as FL and operated as FL on caribbean and Mexico routes for the next 2 or 3 years until the new WN reservation system is
31 PHLBOS: Having the SOUTHWEST titles along the fuselage will likely mean that the current sport-themed 717s will only receive a change in airline title decals
32 kgaiflyer: So these will be "AirTran -- operated by Southwest" jets ? If so, that makes a lot of sense.
33 kgaiflyer: With my at-home satellite radio, you just take away the antenna, and it's dead as a door-nail. No need for major surgery. The new seats simply won't
34 SPREE34: Unlike your at home system, the remaining equipment in the airframe cost money in the form of fuel burn, due to the weight of the components still be
35 atrude777: Well..true the new seats won't have XM Radio but the current seats on FL won't either by the end of February. WN/FL is ripping XM out of every seat b
36 flflyer: The last two FL flights on 737s MCO-MDW already had the XM out.