Last Revenue AirTran 737 Flight

 
Old Jun 24, 14, 9:08 pm
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Last Revenue AirTran 737 Flight

I think I may have ended up accidentally booking myself on the last AirTran revenue flight on the 737. Flight 1043 (SWA 6043) ATL-LAS on 11/30. It doesn't go back to Atlanta afterwards, so my guess is its a ferry flight to the shop for a paint job and to get reconfigured. Sure will miss AirTran.

If anyone finds a later one, post it up!
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Old Jun 24, 14, 9:30 pm
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Originally Posted by NCLSEA123 View Post
I think I may have ended up accidentally booking myself on the last AirTran revenue flight on the 737. Flight 1043 (SWA 6043) ATL-LAS on 11/30. It doesn't go back to Atlanta afterwards, so my guess is its a ferry flight to the shop for a paint job and to get reconfigured. Sure will miss AirTran.

If anyone finds a later one, post it up!
It may simply be that that particular plane is being removed from service for change over.

If I understand correctly there will be 30 ish Airtran planes on 12/28 including 15-18 717's and 12-15 737s remaining with the last official Airtran flight. I understand that the 737s will fly as Southwest planes for a few months until their livery (and other systems) can be changed.

I have no information on whether they will retain the Airtran seat configuration, which can be changed much more easily than the paint job.
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Old Jun 24, 14, 9:42 pm
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Yeah, I don't know where Southwest contracts to paint, but there are a lot of places in that general area it could go to.

If they're just switching all 737 flights to SWA flight numbers on 12/01, I don't think they'll spend the extra $$ to change the seating configuration until the aircraft is scheduled for the changeover. I'm betting they've scheduled those as close to regular MX checks as possible for the changeovers as well....
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Old Jun 24, 14, 10:11 pm
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My information comes from a friend of mine who is an current Airtran Captain and will become a Southwest FO in August.
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Old Jul 4, 14, 10:03 pm
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Last Revenue AirTran 737 Flight

Many of us are flying FL flight 1 on December 28. It will be the final FL flight.
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Old Jul 16, 14, 8:41 pm
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Originally Posted by Mrp Alert View Post
Many of us are flying FL flight 1 on December 28. It will be the final FL flight.
Yes, but FL1 on 12/28 will be operated by a Boeing 717.
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Old Aug 4, 14, 10:15 pm
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Well, they just did a schedule change and deleted it. Not the last AirTran 737 flight anymore I guess.
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Old Aug 5, 14, 2:07 am
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Originally Posted by NCLSEA123 View Post
Well, they just did a schedule change and deleted it. Not the last AirTran 737 flight anymore I guess.
The last might be flying somewhere else before being converted?

The absolute last Airtran 737 flight will probably be into PAE as a ferry.

WN is converting FL 737s as well as acquiring and converting other 737-700s available on the market, (which was part of the previously announced converting previous 737-700 orders to 737-800, delaying others to the 2017 arrival of 737-MAX)
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