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Southwest Airlines Transfers Lone Star One Livery to Boeing 737-800

Southwest Airlines Transfers Lone Star One Livery to Boeing 737-800

BY ÖYKüM GELEN Published on February 26, 2024 0 COMMENTS

Southwest Airlines is keeping the "Lone Star One" representing its home state, Texas. The low-cost carrier has transferred its livery - the set of symbols, insignia colors, and identifiers that aircraft are painted or vinyl coated with - from older Boeing 737-700s to bigger and younger 737-800 aircraft. Southwest has transferred six liveries showcasing the state where it initiated its first flight in 1971.

 

Photo: Calvin Stewart | AeroXplorer

 

No Retirement to Lone Star One

 

Earlier this month, the airline repainted a nine-year-old 737-800 with its Lone Star One theme. The design resembles the Texas state flag and has been showcased for nearly eight years on its Boeing 737-700 fleet. The aircraft registered N8660A, received its paint in Spokane (GEG) after flying there from Oakland (OAK) on February 11.

 



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There is a white star near the fuselage, the engines are red and blue, and red and white flow through the back and front. The tail is painted as the regular livery of Southwest Airlines with three stripes in yellow, red, and blue divided by white lines. The airline's name has been placed with white lettering on the bottom of the tail. The winglets are in light grey, as they are on all of Southwest's specialty liveries.

 

Photo: Peter Cuthbert | AeroXplorer

 

Painting N8660A

 

Removing and repainting the previous paint with the Texas-inspired regular livery took approximately nine days. After the painting job, the aircraft was ready for flights, and Lone Star One livery operations were reborn on the fuselage.

Photo: Edwin Sims | AeroXplorer

 

On February 24, the aircraft showcased the new painting on flight WN 389 from Kansas City (MCI) to Houston-Hobby (HOU). The plane then flew to where it had been unveiled as Lone Star One for the first time: Austin (AUS).

 



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The design was introduced on November 7, 1990, on a 737-300 registered as N352SW. After over 80,000 hours and 25 years of flight, the aircraft retired in 2016. The design was then transferred to a 15-year Boeing 737-700 registered N931WN, which carried it until January 2024. The plane did not retire; it got repainted into the heart livery of Southwest and was returned to service.

 

Photo: Brady Noble | AeroXplorer

 

With its aging 737-700s, Southwest has transferred some liveries, such as the Lone Star One, to give the designs another chance. As the 737-700s retire, the designs will keep their appearance in the 737-800s or MAX 8s. Most Southwest liveries have been grabbing attention in the industry since 2001 with their vibrant colors and designs. The airline achieves the structure of a unique fleet while feasting the passengers' and observers' eyes.

 



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Öyküm Gelen
Hey there, I'm Öyküm Gelen, and I'm all about weaving stories that take you to new places. Writing is my jam, and each sentence is like a little journey on its own. But there's more to me than just words; I'm also fascinated by airplanes. Whether I'm exploring the skies in my writing or geeking out about aviation, I can't get enough of it. And guess what? I'm not just about words and wings – I'm knee-deep in the world of architecture studies. Designing structures that stand tall is my other passion. So, in the mix of storytelling, aviation dreams, and architecture plans, I'm Öyküm, bringing a blend of creativity and curiosity to the table.

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