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The Warrior - Southwest's First 737-800

Posted on March 21, 2012 at 8:30 PM

NOTE: I will no longer be posting seperate titles, as it is rather repetitive and useless. ;)


From Randy's Journal:


 

There was a big party this morning in Dallas to celebrate a new era at Southwest Airlines—as they unveiled their brand new and first ever Next-Generation 737-800 to thousands of employees. The airplane, named Warrior One, also features Southwest’s first Boeing Sky Interior.


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A beautiful day to celebrate Southwest’s first Next-Generation 737-800 in Dallas.


 

While I wasn’t able to fly down, several of my Boeing colleagues made the trip for the celebration and sent me back some photos to share. Southwest invited its employees to come out and see their new baby in person. The airplane will start revenue service next month.


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Here’s an incredible stat. By the end of this year, Southwest will have almost three dozen 737-800s in its fleet. It will give the airline scheduling flexibility with additional capacity in high-demand, slot-controlled markets. And thanks to the airplane’s ETOPS capabilities, Southwest can now fly to new markets on routes not currently available.


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Southwest employees check out the new Boeing Sky Interior. Photo courtesy Southwest Airlines.

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Those of us at Boeing often talk about game changing airplanes. Captain Chuck Magill, Southwest’s VP of Flight Operations, believes the 737-800 falls into that category.

 

“The -800 is a potential game changer for us, and will take us places we never dreamed of. It’s a great primer for the 737 MAX, which will take us even farther,” said Magill.

 

Captain Chuck, I couldn’t have said it better myself. Thanks for letting us go along for the ride. And congratulations on the Warrior. Be sure to also check out Southwest’s blog.


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Thousands of Southwest employees gather for the big reveal. Photo courtesy Southwest Airlines.


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Congratulations to Southwest for their first ever -800! In my opinion 'Warrior One' is a beautiful name for such a fine aircraft. That new Sky Interior looks quite spiffy too! 


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