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Old 09-03-2019, 09:05 AM   #1
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I was flying out of Orange County yesterday into Love field and got to looking at the emergency exit markings on the Southwest planes, when I noticed that the -700s had identical emergency exit markings to the -800s. i.e. two sets of arrows on the wing going towards the back. In the past, I have only seen -700s with one set of arrows to match the one overwing emergency exit door. Is there a reason that Southwest has begun to paint two sets on the -700? My only explanation would be to standardize the overwing markings for the fleet, as pictures of their 737-7 max aircraft are being built with two overwing exit doors similar to the -800 and 8 Max.

Of the 6 different Southwest 737-700s I saw yesterday, 5 of them had the double arrows. It looks like this dates back a few years and is being applied during the time the new livery is as well.

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Old 09-03-2019, 11:30 AM   #2
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On the one that didn't have the updated markings, was it in the new livery?
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I believe it was the old livery, which would make sense if this change had been made simultaneously during the repainting process... I am just wondering why they did this? Fleet consistency? I thought that the double arrows were there for the 2 overwing exits only, and not necessary for 1 exit door.
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Yeah, I know that at AA, there was a big effort to standardize all of the exterior markings drawings used for painting (each fleet type has its own drawing) so that they are as uniform as possible. I would imagine it is the same at WN. I'm not sure if the wing exit markings use stencils but if so, they would only need one design.
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I believe the changes at WN (and other carriers) is based on the "silent" suggestion/directive to form two lines (not single file) to escape/egress via the over wing slide or down the flaps simultaneously
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