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Why Does Southwest Use WN?

Tue Dec 21, 1999 2:14 pm

You saw the question. It's pretty simple. Where did WN come from?

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RE: Why Does Southwest Use WN?

Tue Dec 21, 1999 2:24 pm

I'm not sure about the origin of WN, but I'm pretty sure why it's not SW. When Southwest started in 1971, SW was used by Seaboard World, an all-cargo airline that merged with Flying Tiger around 1980 or so. SW is now being used by Air Namibia.
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RE: Why Does Southwest Use WN?

Tue Dec 21, 1999 2:28 pm

Ask any Herb-worshiper, I mean Southwest employee, and they'll tell you it means "We're Nuts!"  
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Tue Dec 21, 1999 2:40 pm

The SW code was not used by Seaboard. It was used by Air Namibia's predecessor, South West Airways, which was founded in 1946. Got the info from Air Namibia's website. My apologies for the misinformation.


Tue Dec 21, 1999 3:25 pm

Does anybody why America West is HP?
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RE: Why Does Southwest Use WN?

Tue Dec 21, 1999 9:55 pm

Right now the new airlines codes will be different.. like Angel Airlines would be 8G .. or Air Maldives L6.. what happen if the code runs out.. wouldd it be :

Passengers on Air America ( pretend ) flight 98 098 to Miami please board ur aircraft?
pretty wierd yeah
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Tue Dec 21, 1999 11:43 pm

Spaceman Spiff wrote:
Does anybody why America West is HP?

Because PHX is a "hot place"?

BTSOOM... I'm curious too, though....
ALL views, opinions expressed are mine ONLY and are NOT representative of those shared by Southwest Airlines Co.


Wed Dec 22, 1999 10:03 am

....why does SQ use SQ??
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America West

Wed Dec 22, 1999 11:42 am

That one is easy...HP stands for HIGH PRICED.

RE: Why Does Southwest Use WN?

Wed Dec 22, 1999 11:57 am

Is SQ "Superior Quality"??I also heard that Sri Lankan Airlines UL code stands for Usually Late.

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RE: Why Does Southwest Use WN?

Thu Dec 23, 1999 3:09 am

Just FYI, Southwest was not always WN. When they initially began operating in June '71...and for maybe a year thereafter, they were OE. The WN has nothing to do with Herb, "We're Nuts"...or anything like that. When WN became the two letter code Herb was still the lawyer and M. Lamar Muse was still president/CEO of Southwest. It was the mid-80s before Herb Kelleher got even vaguely involved in the operational end of the air carrier and by that time WN had been WN for at least a dozen years.

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