When I lived in Australia, there were not many choices in the way of special liveries. With only a handful of airlines and maybe one or two planes in a fleet with the occasional sticker on the side, there wasn’t diversity. But here in the US, you have many, many different options — which is exciting for a spotter like myself.
The one airline that astounded me as to how many special offerings they have was Southwest.
Southwest has many different special liveries, but the most entertaining ones to me are the state liveries. The state liveries are based upon some of the airline’s more prominent destinations. Texas, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Maryland, Florida… even Illinois. They are all named in the same pattern as well. Generally, the aircraft wears the name of the state and then One. For instance New Mexico’s aircraft is “New Mexico One.” California would be California One, but of course everyone knows there is an exception to the rule and that is, of course, Texas. They call their plane “Lone Star One.” The good news with Southwest’s recent fleet-wide livery change is that these special aircraft will not be disappearing!
That said, with the new livery comes slight changes to the Southwest special liveries as well. Gone are the days of the traditional tail with each state, but they will now wear a modified tail design. The general livery will be the first one since the airlines inception where you won’t find the name of the airline on the tail. However, it will still be on the tail of the special aircraft.
The new tail design for the special liveries will show the same three colors of the normal livery, plus the airlines name at the base of the tail, just above where it joins the fuselage.
The other good news is that the three aircraft still currently in the original (well, second livery, since apparently the first livery was slightly different) Desert Gold livery will be staying as is.
They are also going to keep one aircraft in the current Canyon Blue livery. Which one? Well, the first of their 737-800s – Warrior One. This aircraft was named in honor of the Southwest Airlines’ staff and their warrior spirit. So, in essence, Warrior One will become a retro scheme, as such, when the airline is finished repainting all the aircraft in 2021 (yes, that is seven years to finish repainting).
With all of the different special schemes in the Southwest Fleet, which is your favorite?