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SWA's First Converted FL-700 Enters Service  
User currently offlineSXDFC From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 2442 posts, RR: 23
Posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 12701 times:

Hello All:

The other day, the first SWA converted FL 737-700 ( N126AT/N7714B ) entered service with Southwest Airlines. This is the first of many FL 737-700s that will be converted to the Southwest Airlines brand, and will sport the new "Evolve" interior as well. Although this plane looks like any other 737-700, are there any pictures out there of her yet or any WN employee that happened to come across this bird?


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User currently offlinekingcavalier From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 1314 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 12454 times:

Quoting SXDFC (Thread starter):
are there any pictures out there of her yet or any WN employee that happened to come across this bird?



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User currently offlinejporterfi From United States of America, joined Feb 2012, 447 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 12045 times:

Where are they converting them? Is it BFI or PAE? How fast are they converting them: isn't it one per month? And will the 717s be converted after all 737s have been converted or will WN start speeding up the conversion process and do 737s and 717s at the same time?

User currently offlinewjcandee From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5331 posts, RR: 23
Reply 3, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 11905 times:

They will convert the 717s by doing an engine mod and painting them in DL colors...  

User currently offlineswafa From United States of America, joined Mar 2012, 24 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 11905 times:

We got an update about a week ago saying that 11 or 12 would be converted this year and most of the rest next year. A little off topic, I know, but this statement makes me wonder if there is ever intended to be a code share.

User currently offlineakelley728 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2194 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 11625 times:

Are the former FL 737-700s being completed gutted? Or will some FL remnants (galley, lavs, cockpit equipment) remain?

User currently offlineQANTAS747-438 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1984 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 11517 times:

Quoting akelley728 (Reply 5):
Are the former FL 737-700s being completed gutted? Or will some FL remnants (galley, lavs, cockpit equipment) remain?

Aside from the tail number, and maybe a horizon dial in the cockpit, you will have no clue you are on anything other than a WN jet.

Can anyone answer why the transformations are taking 40 days each to do? Seems like a while to me.



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User currently offlineWNCrew From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 1485 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 11305 times:

Quoting QANTAS747-438 (Reply 6):
Aside from the tail number, and maybe a horizon dial in the cockpit, you will have no clue you are on anything other than a WN jet.

On the cabin side of things you'll notice a different color wallpaper/covering in areas like the FWD Lav, ceiling raft compartments (on some), bigger OHB's (though many at WN didn't even know these existed)... and on some you'll still see the deactivated FWD Airstair Controls on the FWD Flight Attendant Control Panel.



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User currently offlineusflyguy From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 1074 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 9902 times:

Quoting QANTAS747-438 (Reply 6):
Can anyone answer why the transformations are taking 40 days each to do? Seems like a while to me.

I had the same question. I think they said the first one took 8 weeks, isn't that almost double the amount of time it takes to build a whole new 737?



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User currently offlinejustlump From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 158 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 9690 times:
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Quoting wjcandee (Reply 3):
They will convert the 717s by doing an engine mod and painting them in DL colors...

Too Funny!!!


User currently offlineclickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9664 posts, RR: 68
Reply 10, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 8810 times:
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There are no MRO vemdors at BFI, this plane was done at PAE by ATS.

User currently offline7673mech From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 744 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 6843 times:
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Quoting QANTAS747-438 (Reply 6):
Can anyone answer why the transformations are taking 40 days each to do? Seems like a while to me.
Quoting usflyguy (Reply 8):
I had the same question. I think they said the first one took 8 weeks, isn't that almost double the amount of time it takes to build a whole new 737?

40 days includes approximately 4-5 days for paint.
Conversion of the rear end is very time consuming because it requires replacement or at the very least repair of the rear floorbeams.
The first one took a little longer due to parts and certification issues. It sat a PAE complete for almost a week awaiting certification.
There are currently three at ATS being converted now - as long as parts are available - the transitions should get smoother.

This is true of conversions/upgrades/mods with any airline and any facility.


User currently offlineBlueman87 From United States of America, joined Aug 2009, 535 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 6588 times:

that airplane llooks like it has no Winglets is that true


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User currently offlineMLI717fan From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 250 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 6524 times:

Kind of a sad moment... the FL fleet has started shrinking.

User currently offlineks5114 From United States of America, joined Oct 2011, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 6499 times:

why is there a big bulge on the top of the plane? i assume it is for internet? i've noticed that WN planes have a larger bulge on the top than B6. Are they planning on having tv one day too? I just don't know why it is that large?

User currently offlineLoveJT8D From United States of America, joined Sep 2010, 57 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 6419 times:

Quoting wjcandee (Reply 3):
Quoting wjcandee (Reply 3):
They will convert the 717s by doing an engine mod and painting them in DL colors...

Engine mods as in a pair of 7B's ?   


User currently offlineusflyguy From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 1074 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 5975 times:

Quoting ks5114 (Reply 14):

Satellite based Row44 while I think JetBlue uses an air-to-ground antenna.... I'd guess.



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User currently offlinevatveng From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1010 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 5575 times:

N126AT also happens to be AirTran's first 737-700, delivered June 2004:


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User currently offlineB6JFKH81 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2902 posts, RR: 7
Reply 18, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 5261 times:

Quoting usflyguy (Reply 16):
Satellite based Row44 while I think JetBlue uses an air-to-ground antenna.... I'd guess.

B6 does not have WiFi onboard. Currently there is an antenna for the DirecTV inside our radome ontop of the aircraft. The XM radio is a different antenna. The WiFi that B6 is working on is satellite based and they are currently working in collaboration with ViaSat. The satellite was launched a few months ago into orbit and things are moving forward currently.



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User currently offlineSkyCub From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 4844 times:

Quoting vatveng (Reply 17):
N126AT also happens to be AirTran's first 737-700, delivered June 2004:

THAT is actually very interesting! Thanks for posting that information!


User currently offline7673mech From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 744 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 4523 times:
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Quoting Blueman87 (Reply 12):
that airplane llooks like it has no Winglets is that true

It is just an illusion.
It had winglets on it when I saw it yesterday.


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