The Warrior

There was a big party this morning in Dallas to celebrate a new era at Southwest Airlines—as they unveiled their brand new and first ever Next-Generation 737-800 to thousands of employees. The airplane, named Warrior One, also features Southwest’s first Boeing Sky Interior.


A beautiful day to celebrate Southwest’s first Next-Generation 737-800 in Dallas.

While I wasn’t able to fly down, several of my Boeing colleagues made the trip for the celebration and sent me back some photos to share. Southwest invited its employees to come out and see their new baby in person. The airplane will start revenue service next month.


Here’s an incredible stat. By the end of this year, Southwest will have almost three dozen 737-800s in its fleet. It will give the airline scheduling flexibility with additional capacity in high-demand, slot-controlled markets. And thanks to the airplane’s ETOPS capabilities, Southwest can now fly to new markets on routes not currently available.


Southwest employees check out the new Boeing Sky Interior. Photo courtesy Southwest Airlines.


Those of us at Boeing often talk about game changing airplanes. Captain Chuck Magill, Southwest’s VP of Flight Operations, believes the 737-800 falls into that category.

“The -800 is a potential game changer for us, and will take us places we never dreamed of. It’s a great primer for the 737 MAX, which will take us even farther,” said Magill.

Captain Chuck, I couldn’t have said it better myself. Thanks for letting us go along for the ride. And congratulations on the Warrior. Be sure to also check out Southwest’s blog.


Thousands of Southwest employees gather for the big reveal. Photo courtesy Southwest Airlines.

Comments (6)

Thomas V. Horstmann, Jr. (Portland, Oregon):

Outstanding! While I'm amazed it took them this long to go with the larger 737-800, I'm glad they did. At very least, it offers them some exciting new opportunities in terms of where they fly. At very least, they will will have coast to coast capability, or the ability to serve the Hawaiian markets from the West Coast.

Sally (Las Vegas):

As a frequent traveler on Southwest I look forward to seeing the new interior and seats. I also love the song choice which is a great blast from the past.

Gyung (Fremont, CA):

Looking forward to Southwest entering Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico markets; and some day in future, Guam from Hawaii too.

Kevin (Los Angeles, CA):

Someday Southwest could be flying to Costa Rica/Panama and then on to Rio! LCC for the Americas!

Norman (Long Beach, CA):

I only wish Southwest Airlines or a revenue Boeing plane flew out of Long Beach but the new 737-800 is nice and an essential tool for an expansion process for increased seating capacity and expanding markets. I hope to see the new Southwest 737-800 very soon at LAX.

Pilot Ben (Vancouver, BC):

I'm a pilot in Canada, and I can't wait until I am able to fly one of these planes. Southwest has always been great, especially with interior design and seating structure.

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