Questions about Southwest Airlines


#1

When is Southwest 737-800’s maiden flight?

Why doesn’t San Diego have plans to begin flights to Atlanta on SWA?

What planes will Southwest Retire when it gets its massive 737 order?


#2

The first scheduled 737-800 flight will be flight 1717 April 11, MDW-FLL.

Eventually SAN-ATL will probably return and be a WN flight at some point, but it isn’t now because the codeshare with FL is not in place and will not be until next year. SAN-ATL requires feed from connections on the ATL end to be financially viable. With fuel costs as high as they are, SAN-ATL is a very marginal route, especially without connections to support it.

WN will be retiring all the 737-300’s and 737-500’s (and already is) and will begin retiring older 737-700’s as 737NEO’s begin to arrive.