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Southwest's New Paint & 737-200s  
User currently offlineLt-AWACS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1724 times:

first of all I did a search and found nothing, I am sure it is out there but I couldn't make it happen, so here is my question.

I think WN is only adding the new livery during 'D' checks or major overhauls right? So do they plan to paint all the 200 series they have? I was watching the runway at Love Field from the Parking garage a few weekends ago and saw a new livery 737-200. For some reason that surprised me, after reading many threads on here about the new birds getting the paint first. Any idea if all the 200s will be worked in??? Just curious, thanks.

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User currently offlineVirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4537 posts, RR: 42
Reply 1, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1691 times:

I can't find the thread unfortunately (I can't imagine that it would have been deleted, but who knows these days), but a couple of days ago, the topic of the blue 737-200 came up, and it was actually painted in the new scheme by mistake. Hard to believe, but apparently true. The company who painted it, understandably, had to foot the $400,000 odd bill.

I am sure a WN insider will be able to provide even more information for you, but I hope this helps,

V/F



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User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2864 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1617 times:

Yeah it does exist. I flew on it IND-STL back last october I think. Looked really nice on the outside. The interior however...

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I thought there was more than one 200 painted though. I guess i was wrong.



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User currently offline737doctor From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1332 posts, RR: 40
Reply 3, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1563 times:

I'll help you out here...

There IS only one -200 currently in the new paint scheme...N96SW (Fred J. Jones).

The planes are painted on an as needed basis, so the newest ones are not necessarily the ones which will be painted first.

We are scheduled to have 27 -200's left by year's end. I don't know if any more of them will get the new paint job, though. They would have be slated to remain in our fleet for a while in order to make it worth the $$$.




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User currently offlineWilcharl From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1160 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1515 times:

so 737doc

i guess the story about the painting accident was just an urban legend..


User currently offline737doctor From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1332 posts, RR: 40
Reply 5, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1481 times:

Honestly, I had never heard that before. I can ask around and find out for sure...


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User currently offlineLowfareair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1468 times:

IIRC, wasn't the new 732 in the original ad for the new livery, along with a 73G?

User currently offlineWilcharl From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1160 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1452 times:

Somewehre there was another topic talking about the paint job being an "accidnet" i find it hard to beleive though.. when i was wroking in SDF i got in a friendly argument with them over the color of the planes... the southwest agent said they were blue i said they were purple.... as in barney the dinosaur

User currently offlineN766ua From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8091 posts, RR: 24
Reply 8, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1438 times:

Boy did that airplane get dirty fast.


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User currently offline737doctor From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1332 posts, RR: 40
Reply 9, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1436 times:

the southwest agent said they were blue i said they were purple

It kinda depends on the prevailing light...

What I'll be interested in seeing is how the color "ages". Some of those old Federal Express birds looked pretty shabby as their paint began to fade.



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User currently offline737doctor From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1332 posts, RR: 40
Reply 10, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1432 times:

Boy did that airplane get dirty fast.

It's those clamshell reversers...



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User currently offlineLAZYB From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 37 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1403 times:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mojaveairport/

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From: "akradecki"
Date: Thu Aug 1, 2002 8:07 am
Subject: 7/31/02 Departure and more inbounds


Hi all,

Yesterday, 7/31, N423WN, the latest Southwest 737-700 delivered.
There are now only 4 of the new ones left here. We were told in the
morning staff meeting that starting next week, SWA is going to be
bringing in the first of what could be up to 25 retiring -200s. They
made a point that these were coming in for storage, not part-out as
62SW was, so maybe these will be sold off like the Metrojets were.




User currently offlineBrons2 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2991 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1388 times:

OT: How many -200's does WN have in service now?

Obviously if they are going to retire them it doesn't make sense to paint them...does anyone have a retirement schedule?



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User currently offline737doctor From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1332 posts, RR: 40
Reply 13, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1371 times:

I got this off of our newsletter:

"Southwest has taken delivery of our 367th Boeing 737 aircraft. The latest addition to our fleet--N423WN--was added July 31, becoming our 15th delivery of the year. No aircraft will be added to the fleet in August, while one delivery is scheduled for September and two are planned for October. Southwest's projected fleet size for yearend is 370: 27 737-200s, 194 -300s, 25 -500s and 124 -700s."

I can't speak with complete certainty concerning when the last -200 will be retired or exactly how the retirement schedule will go, but I know that we will continue to fly them for at least a couple more years (I think 2005 is the target date). We are in the process of retiring a couple of them right now (N67SW being one), but from what I hear, it's hard to find buyers for them. Lease returns are much simpler.



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User currently offlineLt-AWACS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1272 times:

so I will ask a sidenote question as well. are the 200s based out of mainly Texas and Southwestern Airports. The 200 role into OKC often. I see them when we run T&Gs at will rogers.


Ciao and Hook 'em Horns,
Lt-AWACS


User currently offlineNebFlyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 45 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1233 times:

Regarding the 737 in the picture... what kind of engines are those?

User currently offlineBUFJets From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 231 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1213 times:

According to Bill Harm's web site, Southwest now has 26 737-200's (if I counted correctly). So if they are to have 27 by year end, they won't be retiring any.

User currently offlineGoingboeing From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4875 posts, RR: 17
Reply 17, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1210 times:

Lt-AWACS - I have heard that the 200's are Texas based, although I do see 200's at MCI quite often. Last year, I flew them quite often between MCI and OKC (the flight continued on to HOU) - so I suppose they are keeping them "close to home", but that doesn't mean you won't see them in the non WA states.

User currently offlineATA L1011 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1374 posts, RR: 6
Reply 18, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1197 times:

I see that one 200 in the new scheme quite often here in Dallas.


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User currently offlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8091 posts, RR: 24
Reply 19, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1198 times:

Pratt and whitney JT-8s neb


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