I might have been hallucinating, maybe, but for some reason I seem to recall this being a TEMPORARY decal, not the actual livery. Thus, IT'S COMING OFF before too long. This TEMPORARY look on SIOne is, in part, clearly for shock value - and judging by the assorted whining on this page alone, mission accomplished. This TEMPORARY decal does not imply that Southwest condones scant clothing, or that Southwest is losing any of the values that've made them the 40-year success story we always knew them to be. You'd better believe that YEARS after we've lost our money and our minds to this economic downturn, Gary, Herb, Colleen & Co. will still be shuttling us across the country and LUVin' it.
Now, what this TEMPORARY decal IS doing, on the other hand, is making a strong case and a major first impression for SWA. Amid all the brouhaha, SIOne's TEMPORARY decal and matching cover model will tell everyone (passengers and competition, see next sentences) that YES, Southwest is HERE, baby! Welcome to New York!
Didja forget the very airline that first leashed SWA at Love Field is scheming even now to kick them back to Islip ASAP? Didja forget about SWA's strongest rival, whose headquarters is merely 20 minutes south on the Van Wyck? Didja forget about another airline, who enjoys immunity from SWA back home at Hartsfield, and who'd love to stay immune from SWA in New York? Even these three had to stumble when they saw mutual competitor SWA taxi onto the ramp in a bikini in February... *rimshot* They know their hands will be as full as, if not more than Southwest's.
Make no mistake, David and a few of his friends are about to fly straight into Goliath Country. If he wants to enjoy himself before the f(l)ight, cut him some slack. And YES, we're about to bear witness to a Big (HUGE) Apple Brawl, right here on Rwy22. They might even sell seats at Citi (read: Taxpayer) Field...
And *sigh* yes, I've finally concluded my rant. I apologize. Can we go back to freely moving about the country (now including New York)? See ya'll on board. B-)
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