Southwest Airlines will soon take delivery of a new Boeing 737-8 MAX 8.
The pictured N871HK (msn 67775) (below) has been painted in the original 1971 Southwest livery and is named “The Herb Kelleher” as a salute to its founder.
On October 22 the airframe performed its first flight with a short ferry flight from the assembly point at Renton Airport to nearby Boeing Field.
The new addition will be delivered later in November to Southwest.
Previously Southwest wrote this tribute on its founder:
Maverick, Friend, and Founder of Southwest Airlines
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A note from Gary KellyCEO and Chairman of Southwest Airlines
Herb is a lifelong mentor and friend, and one of the greatest joys of my life has been working alongside Herb for nearly 30 years. His stamp on the airline industry cannot be overstated .…
His vision for making air travel affordable for all revolutionized the industry, and you can still see that transformation taking place today. But his legacy extends far beyond our industry and far beyond the world of entrepreneurship .…
His true impact can only be accurately measured by the hearts and minds of the People who he inspired, motivated, and engaged on a daily basis .…
And that, I believe, cannot be measured or quantified—it is simply to be admired and appreciated by all who have been fortunate enough to experience it. I consider myself blessed to be one of those People.