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SWA's First Converted FL-700 Enters Service

Wed May 09, 2012 3:09 am

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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kingcavalier
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RE: SWA's First Converted FL-700 Enters Service

Wed May 09, 2012 3:40 am

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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jporterfi
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RE: SWA's First Converted FL-700 Enters Service

Wed May 09, 2012 4:57 am

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?
 
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RE: SWA's First Converted FL-700 Enters Service

Wed May 09, 2012 5:40 am

They will convert the 717s by doing an engine mod and painting them in DL colors...  
 
swafa
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RE: SWA's First Converted FL-700 Enters Service

Wed May 09, 2012 5:41 am

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.
 
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RE: SWA's First Converted FL-700 Enters Service

Wed May 09, 2012 7:11 am

Are the former FL 737-700s being completed gutted? Or will some FL remnants (galley, lavs, cockpit equipment) remain?
 
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RE: SWA's First Converted FL-700 Enters Service

Wed May 09, 2012 8:10 am

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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RE: SWA's First Converted FL-700 Enters Service

Wed May 09, 2012 10:52 am

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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RE: SWA's First Converted FL-700 Enters Service

Wed May 09, 2012 4:48 pm

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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RE: SWA's First Converted FL-700 Enters Service

Wed May 09, 2012 4:58 pm

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

Too Funny!!!
 
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RE: SWA's First Converted FL-700 Enters Service

Wed May 09, 2012 5:52 pm

There are no MRO vemdors at BFI, this plane was done at PAE by ATS.
 
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RE: SWA's First Converted FL-700 Enters Service

Wed May 09, 2012 8:29 pm

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.
 
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RE: SWA's First Converted FL-700 Enters Service

Wed May 09, 2012 8:44 pm

that airplane llooks like it has no Winglets is that true
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mli717fan
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RE: SWA's First Converted FL-700 Enters Service

Wed May 09, 2012 8:48 pm

Kind of a sad moment... the FL fleet has started shrinking.
 
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RE: SWA's First Converted FL-700 Enters Service

Wed May 09, 2012 8:50 pm

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?
 
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RE: SWA's First Converted FL-700 Enters Service

Wed May 09, 2012 8:56 pm

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 ?   
 
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RE: SWA's First Converted FL-700 Enters Service

Wed May 09, 2012 9:26 pm

Quoting ks5114 (Reply 14):

Satellite based Row44 while I think JetBlue uses an air-to-ground antenna.... I'd guess.
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RE: SWA's First Converted FL-700 Enters Service

Wed May 09, 2012 9:59 pm

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


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RE: SWA's First Converted FL-700 Enters Service

Wed May 09, 2012 10:24 pm

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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RE: SWA's First Converted FL-700 Enters Service

Wed May 09, 2012 10:59 pm

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!
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RE: SWA's First Converted FL-700 Enters Service

Wed May 09, 2012 11:23 pm

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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