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Old 01-18-2020, 10:49 PM   #1
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Question Southwest 737-200's without hearts?

So, while I was looking at aviation pictures from the 1980's & 1990's, I noticed something about the Southwest 737-200. So, if you see the old "Mustard rocket" livery 737-200's, you'll see that some have hearts with ones in them, and some don't. I'm really not sure if these logos near the L1 door were common or rare, or were they a time-based thing, because I'm starting to see a pattern with them. That pattern is that they seemed to have spiked in their "popularity" on their liveries, or began, in 1993. Is this me or something?
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Welcome to the forum. I have never really noticed the pattern. We must have at least one Southwest expert, who knows the scoop?
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I believe that the heart was added later in the mustard years. As a kid, I never recalled seeing it on SWA's jets.
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Very odd, I have always noticed it when I saw them, I just never questioned it.
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This is a link to a picture of a SWA 737-200 without a heart logo.
https://www.airliners.net/photo/Sout...DxMNKyfAFGTDHx
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Old 01-18-2020, 11:26 PM   #6
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And another photo of one WITH a heart logo.
https://www.airliners.net/photo/Sout...DxMNKyfAFGTDHx
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Very interesting observations Ravioli, I never noticed it before either!

I have 4 B732's in the SWA Mustard Rocket Livery, 2 of them (N53SW and N93SW) have the 'Heart 1' decal, the others (N21SW and N63SW) do not. Regrettably, I am unable to shed any light on your question.

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All I know is that the Heart was put on their aircraft after they got a "best consumer award for budget airlines" or something like that, which from what I know of, it's very important to gain that in airline development. So, with that in mind, it probably means that it is timeline based, and or just a random thing to come by on certain aircraft.
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Very interesting observations Ravioli, I never noticed it before either!

I have 4 B732's in the SWA Mustard Rocket Livery, 2 of them (N53SW and N93SW) have the 'Heart 1' decal, the others (N21SW and N63SW) do not. Regrettably, I am unable to shed any light on your question.

Oh...welcome to the forum!

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Glad other people at least know what I'm trying to explain, because I couldn't find really anyone anywhere else... Talking about those 4 732's, are they good models? Heard 1 just came out a year ago, if I'm correct, N63SW?
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I'm very satisfied with my models. Three are 2019 AC releases and one is a 2001 GJ release.
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So, while I was looking at aviation pictures from the 1980's & 1990's, I noticed something about the Southwest 737-200. So, if you see the old "Mustard rocket" livery 737-200's, you'll see that some have hearts with ones in them, and some don't. I'm really not sure if these logos near the L1 door were common or rare, or were they a time-based thing, because I'm starting to see a pattern with them. That pattern is that they seemed to have spiked in their "popularity" on their liveries, or began, in 1993. Is this me or something?
The heart logo with the number "1" began as early as 1993. This was because Southwest had won their first of five consecutive annual DOT Air Travel Consumer Report Triple Crown trophies for the year ending 1992. The picture you posted without the #1 heart was from 1987. Southwest continued to emblazon their "Mustard rocket" -200s livery with the #1 heart until the last one was retired in 2005.
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Amazing! Thanks for the info, I really was wondering about that logo, because it just seemed to be such a small detail.
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Amazing! Thanks for the info, I really was wondering about that logo, because it just seemed to be such a small detail.
You hit the mark when you mentioned 1993. That made me refer to my Southwest Airlines 30 Years anniversary booklet. The booklet details the annual Triple Crown award you stated for that year (1992) and the next four years that Southwest had won it. DOT discontinued the award in 1997.

As you know, Southwest promoted their heritage beyond the mustard color scheme.
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