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Southwest Airlines unveils “Missouri One”

Southwest 737-700 WL N280WN (15-Missouri One)(Hangar) MCI (Southwest)(LR)

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) yesterday (April 15) unveiled a new special color scheme on the pictured Boeing 737-7H4 N280WN (msn 32533). N280WN used to be “Penguin One” for Sea World. The new logo jet is dedicated to the state of Missouri and is named “Missouri One”.

The airline issued this statement:

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Southwest Airlines on April 15 celebrated more than 30 years of service in the state of Missouri with the unveiling of the Airline’s newest specialty aircraft, named Missouri One—a Boeing 737-700.

Southwest and state and local government leaders revealed the aircraft in Kansas City, where Southwest first began its Missouri service in 1982. The aircraft, emblazoned with an artist’s rendition of the Missouri state flag, was unveiled at a ceremony this morning at the Kansas City location of Aviation Technical Services, with whom Southwest has partnered for more than 35 years. Southwest Employees, community members, and executives were on hand, including Southwest Airlines Chairman, President, and CEO Gary Kelly.

Southwest 737-700 WL N280WN (15-Missouri One)(Nose) MCI (Southwest)(LR)

“Kansas City and St. Louis have been vital cities in our network for more than 30 years,” Kelly said to an enthusiastic crowd at the unveiling. “I couldn’t think of a better way to ‘show’ our love to our Employees, Customers, and friends in the great state of Missouri than by dedicating this high-flying salute to them!”

Further demonstrating Southwest’s dedication to both the Kansas City and St. Louis communities, Southwest donated $5,000 each to Science City at Union Station and the St. Louis Science Center. The funds will help support Science City’s Summer Camp, which sparks interest in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) for children ages 6-12 through interactive, challenging, and fun activities, and contribute toward scholarships for the St. Louis Science Center’s Flight Academy Camp.

“We’ve always valued the enduring partnership between the state of Missouri and Southwest Airlines,” said Governor Jay Nixon. “As a tribute to 30 years of quality service by Southwest and Missouri’s proud aerospace legacy, this magnificent plane will showcase the Show-Me State’s aerospace strength around the world.”

Southwest 737-700 WL N280WN (15-Missouri One)(Engine) MCI (Southwest)(LR)

Kansas City band Lost Wax performed as attendees enjoyed local coffee from The Roasterie Coffee Company, and cheered as Kelly, Governor Nixon, and Kansas City Mayor Sly James closed the event by christening the aircraft amid fanfare. The plane then proceeded to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport for additional festivities, featuring Mayor Francis Slay.

All photos by Southwest Airlines.

Southwest Airlines aircraft slide show (current new livery only): AG Airline Slide Show

Video: The Painting of “Missouri One”:

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Branson AirExpress expands its route map in cooperation with Orange Air

Orange Air DC-9-82 N918AV (white)(Grd) SFB (Orange Air)(LRW)

Branson AirExpress (Branson, Missouri) has announced on social media it is expanding its relationship with Orange Air (Sanford) and their McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 (MD-83) aircraft (above). The company is introducing four new routes on May 1, flown by Orange Air (all operated three days a week): Branson-Cincinnati, Branson-New Orleans, New Orleans-Cancun and Sanford (near Orlando)-Cancun.

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The DC-9-83 will operate in this sequence and then return: Sanford-Cancun-New Orleans-Branson-Cincinatti.

Above Photo: Orange Air.

Route Map:

Branson AirExpress 2.2015 Route Map (LRW)

Branson AirExpress to add two new routes

Branson AirExpress (Branson, Missouri) is adding two new routes. Branson-Denver (operated by Elite Airways Bombardier CRJ200s) will start on April 16 followed by Branson-Austin (operated by Buzz Airways) on May 8.

These two new routes will complement existing service to Chicago (Midway) and Houston (Hobby), both operated by Buzz Airways BAe Jetstream 41s.

Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker/AirlinersGallery.com. Elite Airways Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) N91EA (msn 7705) arrives at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Video: May 17 2010, was the first operating day of Branson Air Express, initially operated with ExpressJet Airlines Embraer ERJ 145 regional jets.

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Boeing to bring 777X work home domestically to St. Louis, Missouri

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Boeing (Chicago and Seattle) has announced it will produce 777X parts at its site in St. Louis, Missouri, bringing back inside the company work that is currently performed at suppliers or performed overseas for the current 777 program.

The design for these parts will be done in St. Louis, Boeing Aerostructures Australia (BAA) and other Boeing sites.

The parts built by the St. Louis team will support 777X work at the composite wing center in Everett, Washington, home of the 777X program. The new composite wing center is currently under construction and will be more than 1 million square feet.

Earlier this year, Boeing selected its Everett, Washington site as the location for a new composite wing center for the 777X program. In this wing center, Boeing will perform fabrication and assembly of the 777X’s composite wing. Additionally, Boeing will perform final assembly of the 777X in Everett.

To accommodate this production work, Boeing will expand its current St. Louis composites facility, which will begin producing parts for the 777X program in 2017.

The 777X builds on today’s passenger-preferred, market-leading 777 and offers more market coverage and revenue capability than the competition. First delivery is targeted for 2020.

Image: Boeing. The proposed 777X-9.

Buzz Airways to replace Southwest Airlines at Branson, Missouri

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Branson Airport (Branson, Missouri) has released this statement:

 

Branson Airport (BKG) is pleased to announce the arrival of Buzz Airways service to both Chicago (Midway) and Houston (Hobby) beginning June 12, 2014. Fares begin at $99.00 each way including taxes. Flights will operate in each market six days per week.

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The new flights by Buzz will replace the service currently offered on Southwest Airlines (Dallas) that is slated to end June 8. The flight schedule has been designed to allow customers to book separate tickets on Southwest in order to connect to and from other popular gateways.

 

 

Corporate Flight Management, Inc. d/b/a Buzz Airways (CFM) is a diverse aviation services company that includes Part 135 and 91 charter and management services, three Fixed Base Operations, a FAR Part 145 certified repair facility, an aircraft sales division, and FAR 141 pilot and maintenance training.

Buzz Airways will reportedly operate Jetstream 41 aircraft on the two routes.

CFM Jetstream 41 (CFM)(LR)

Copyright Photo: Corporate Flight Management.

 

Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 lands at the wrong Branson airport

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Southwest Airlines (Dallas) recently inherited Branson, Missouri from its subsidiary AirTran Airways and some of its pilots may not be as familiar with Branson Airport (IATA: BKG, ICAO: KBBG, FAA LID: BBG) as other long-time Southwest-served airports. The airport opened on May 11, 2009 and is privately owned by Branson Airport, LLC.

Apparently the crew of flight WN 4013 last night (January 12) from Chicago (Midway) to Branson were a bit unfamiliar with the area. The Boeing 737-700 with 124 passengers and five crew members mistakenly landed at M. Graham Clark Downtown Airport (IATA: PLK, ICAO: KPLK, FAA LID: PLK) in Branson. The downtown airport has one runway designated 12/30 with an asphalt surface measuring 3,738 by 100 feet (1,139 x 30 m) according to Wikipedia. PLK is owned and operated by Taney County.

The aircraft involved is Boeing 737-7H4 N272WN (msn 32527). The aircraft will be ferried out of PLK with only a crew.

Read the full report (with video) from OzarksFirst.com: CLICK HERE

Southwest Airlines: AG Slide Show