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    Southwest Airlines re-brands with a flashy new look and theme

    By Bruce Drum on September 8, 2014

    Southwest Airlines (Dallas) today officially unveiled this new livery, theme and logo in a special ceremony this morning in Dallas despite some images being leaked, probably from where it was painted in Victorville, CA. The first aircraft to be repainted is the pictured Boeing 737-8H4 N8642E (msn 42525) (above) delivered new on August 6, 2014.

    The company issued this statement this morning:
    Southwest Airlines introduced a modern new look to its iconic brand today (September 8) at an event dedicated to its Employees. The airline proudly unveiled a new aircraft livery, named Heart One, airport experience, and logo. The new look puts the airline’s Heart on display, showcasing the strength of the nearly 46,000 Employees Companywide—whose dedication can be felt by every Customer each time Southwest Airlines connects them to what’s important in their life.
    “Our collective heartbeat is stronger and healthier than ever, and that’s because of the warmth, the compassion, and the smiles of our People,” said Gary Kelly, Southwest Airlines Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer. “The Heart emblazoned on our aircraft, and within our new look, symbolizes our commitment that we’ll remain true to our core values as we set our sights on the future.”
    It’s a big year for Southwest, as the airline introduces its legendary brand to international destinations; the repeal of the Wright Amendment is within sight; and the integration of AirTran Airways operations is on track to be completed later this year. Southwest continues to evolve, serving more than 90 destinations, and expanding its footprint in big markets like New York City and Washington, D.C.
    “With all these exciting changes happening, we thought it was time for a new visual expression of our brand—one that marries our past to our present and sets the course for where we’re headed in the future,” Kelly said.

    The announcement of Southwest Airlines’ modern new look introduces a striking new livery design, new iconic Southwest logo (above), newly designed inflight materials and magazine, an advertising campaign that celebrates the airline’s unique personality, and a revamped experience both online and at its airport locations, all of which showcase the unique spirit and Heart of the brand, and communicate its focus on Customer care. In addition, the airline will introduce a refresh to its signature “DING!” mnemonic.
    To bring this all to life, Southwest collaborated with advertising and branding partners GSD&M, Lippincott, VML, Razorfish and Camelot Communications—each an expert in their own field. The task was given to distill more than 40 years of rich history into one modern, impactful look, representing the exciting future of a one-of-a-kind airline.
    “The job wasn’t to change who we are,” said Kevin Krone, Southwest’s Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. “We already know who we are. The job was to keep the elements of Southwest that our Employees and Customers love, and to make them a bold, modern expression of our future.”
    “With so much of Southwest’s focus firm¬ly set on the future, it was a natural time to look at our visual identity,” said Bob Jordan, Southwest Airlines Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer.
    “As we developed the identity, it wasn’t just about the new livery or the logo, but about developing the total, integrated brand expression of Southwest,” said Rodney Abbot, Senior Design Partner at Lippincott.

    “The Heart is our identity the same way the Heart of our Southwest Employees enhances the Customer experience, said Krone. “It’s the finishing touch that makes the Southwest brand unique, demonstrating that Southwest cares about each and every Customer. Even on the belly of the plane, the Heart is a symbolic reminder that we put our Hearts into every flight.”
    “For more than three decades, GSD&M has partnered with Southwest Airlines, so we certainly understand and believe in the power of Southwest’s Heart,” said Marianne Malina, President of GSD&M. “We were thrilled with the opportunity to partner with an extraordinary and talented team to bring Southwest’s love of People front and center. This work is a celebration of the great brand that Southwest has become and, most importantly, where it’s headed next.”
    Southwest Airlines and its partners did comprehensive research and held numerous focus groups with Employees and Customers to determine how best to create the new look. The airline heard that it was important to remain unique and to retain its personality; for these reasons, Southwest continues to use the vibrant color palate and striped tail that has long identified the carrier, while adding a modern touch, proudly displaying the Southwest name on the side of the fuselage and presenting the Heart on the aircraft belly. Southwest has had several different liveries and logos throughout its 43-year history; remaining current and relevant is critical to the sustainability and future growth of the brand.
    As a legendary low-fare carrier, Southwest doesn’t make a change this bold without first assessing cost impact. The approach and focus with this launch has been with the intent to remain cost-neutral by using a phased rollout. Aircraft will receive the newly painted livery within the aircraft’s existing repainting schedule, with new aircraft delivered in the new Heart livery. In addition, many of the future airport conversions will be integrated into existing and upcoming airport improvement projects. Because Southwest is taking this cost-conscious approach to the conversion of planes and airports, it might be some time before Customers and Employees see the new design in person.

    Copyright Photo: Southwest Airlines. The company again has bold new fuselage titles for good visibility.
    Here is the message from Chairman, President and CEO Gary Kelly:
    Forty-three years ago, Southwest launched a low-fare revolution that is still alive and well today. Ignited by a Maverick Spirit and a passion for serving others, we set out to do things differently than the other guys. Today, the world is a much different place than it was back in 1971. Our industry landscape is hardly recognizable, and our Customers’ travel habits have evolved. Southwest has evolved too — but we have never stopped smiling.
    We’ve been hard at work over the past decade transforming Southwest to be just as relevant and successful for the next four decades. We enhanced our cabin interiors, installing WiFi and offering free live TV onboard (thanks to DISH®!). With the Boeing 737-800 series aircraft, we’re bringing on larger airplanes that are better suited for longer flights. We expanded in big markets like New York City and Washington, D.C. and revamped our Rapid Rewards® Frequent Flyer program. We acquired AirTran Airways, and we’re in the final stages of integrating our two airlines to become one by the end of this year. The AirTran integration set the stage for Southwest to launch international service for the first time in our history, which we did in July. And next month, a federal law (the Wright Amendment) restricting where we can fly domestically from our home airport of Dallas Love Field will be lifted — giving us the freedom to serve more nonstop markets from our hometown.
    With all these exciting changes happening, we thought it was time for a new visual expression of our brand — one that marries our past to our present and sets the course for where we’re headed in the future. So this month, we’re introducing a modern, new look. You’ll see it throughout your experience with us. Our new logo showcases a Heart — fitting for a Company whose very core has always been fueled by the heartbeat of its People. Our collective heartbeat is stronger and healthier than ever, and that’s because of the warmth, the compassion, and the smiles of our People. This Heart symbolizes our commitment to you that we’ll remain true to our core as we set our sights on the future.
    What started as a revolution has undergone an evolution. But we haven’t changed what we stand for: low fares, a convenient flight schedule, and the friendliest Employees in the world. Our Purpose is to connect you, our valued Customer, to the moments that are most important in your life, through friendly, reliable, and low-cost air travel. That was true in 1971, and it’s just as true today. So, while our look may be new, our DNA is the same — with the big Heart and big smile you have come to LUV. Thanks for coming along for the ride!
    All images by Southwest Airlines.
    Southwest Airlines Aircraft Slide Show:
    What do you think?
    Video: The unveiling of the new brand:


  • #2
    Specialty Planes

    In 1988 when SeaWorld® opened in San Antonio, two great companies in the tourism world launched a new partnership in a high-flying way with the introduction of three co-branded 737 jets; Shamu One, born May 23, 1988; Shamu Two, born May 30, 1990; and Shamu Three, born September 7, 1990. Upon the retirement of Shamu One, we’re excited to welcome Penguin One to our fun fleet of SeaWorld specialty planes!
    Penguin One Fun Facts:
    • Born: June 20, 2013
    • Hometown: Spokane, WA
    • Resides in: 97 destinations in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and six near-international countries
    • Length: 110 feet, 4 inches
    • Weight: 84,100 lbs.
    • Parents: Southwest Airlines Employees
    • Seats: 143
    • Hobbies include: Flying high, keeping Southwest Airlines’ Customers comfortable, and displaying a strong relationship between Southwest Airlines and SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
    • The largest penguin on Penguin One is over 26 feet long

    Painting Process Facts:

    • Penguin One is painted in seven different colors
    • Nine day paint operation (24 hours around the clock) compared to the three day turnaround for our standard paint scheme
    • 35 people over three shifts
    • 100 gallons of paint applied to the fuselage
    • The Gentoo penguins on Penguin One vary in length from 12 feet to more than 26 feet, about five to ten times the size of the average Gentoo penguin! The aircraft is also covered with a clear coat of paint to protect the design and keep Penguin One looking great for years to come.

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    • #3
      Enjoy some collection pics of the real ones!
      By Giovanni Verbeeck By Carlos E. Santa Maria By Josh Akbar - PHX Spotters
      By Tim Perkins By Jeremy Irish By Michael Carter
      By Carlos E. Santa Maria By Jason Whitebird By Ben Wang
      By Dave Budd - Photorecon By Carlos E. Santa Maria By Manas Barooah
      By Mark Kopczak By Josh Akbar - PHX Spotters By Joey Collura
      By Thomas P. McManus By John R. Beckman By Paul Leach - New England Airports
      By Ralph Duenas - Jetwash Images By John R. Beckman By PHXairSlides
      By Zach Lautzenheiser By Jason Bisson By Carlos E. Santa Maria
      By Carlos E. Santa Maria By Vitaliy Lobanov By Carlos E. Santa Maria
      By Propwash Photography By Joey Collura By Carlos E. Santa Maria
      By Shawn Byers By George P. Thompson
      By Brendan Vanderwerf By Kyle Donagher By Carlos E. Santa Maria
      By John Padgett By Carlos E. Santa Maria By Tom.Alfano
      By John Padgett By Josh Akbar - PHX Spotters By Gerhard Plomitzer
      By Flying Photog - Paul Thompson By Ryan Pastorino By John Padgett
      By Michael Carter By Paul R Gornitzka By Keith Wahamaki
      By Michael Carter By John Harris By Giovanni Verbeeck


      • #4
        Works for me, but then again, this might be an evil plot to force collectors to buy more WN models!


        • #5
          Originally posted by WALmsp View Post
          Works for me, but then again, this might be an evil plot to force collectors to buy more WN models!
          Lol, I'm sure that's what it is... :-)

          Penguins have replaced the orca as a symbol of Seaworld? I guess orcas were not appropriate any more after Blackfish...


          • #6
            I'm surprised they are keeping the sea world livery to begin with. I read an article in the news a few weeks ago about how Southwest cut ties with Seaworld because of the Blackfish documentary.

            Southwest Airlines and SeaWorld are ending their longtime partnership the year after a documentary raised concerns about the treatment of killer whales at the theme-park chain.

            Cloud Services Admin/Collector since 2006


            • #7
              I wonder how long it'll take GJ to produce 737 w/ the "Scimitars"..

              Circling back on topic I did like the old Southwest liveries (canyon blue or ochre) and I'm going to miss them.


              • #8
                ASAP i hope!!
                the faster the better god knows i don't have enough models already


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