This week Southwest Airlines took delivery of two Boeing 737-800 aircraft with its all new “Heart Interior” which will be seen in 2017 as a part of being the launch customer of the Boeing 737-MAX aircraft.
The two aircraft have tail numbers 8687 and 8688. One was flown from Payne Field (PAE) in Everett, Washington to Dallas Love Field (DAL) on Thursday, and the other one was reportedly flown to Indianapolis (IND) for MRO (Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul) modifications.
Both aircraft are preparing to go into service, however, the day and route have yet to be revealed. We haven’t seen live pictures yet, but these were two of the renderings released by BE Aerospace and seen in World Airline News last year. The new seat is said to be 17.8 inches wide with a “C shape” design compared to the current 17.1 inch seat with the “L shape” design.
The 737-800s will feature the BE Aerospace Meridian interior. A video released by Southwest Airlines last year said that these new seats will feature:
- an adjustable headrest with adjustable wings
- the widest economy seat in a 737
- increased personal space
- enhanced cushion comfort
- a sleek cover designed in eLeather
These new seats should be some of the best and most comfortable 737 seats ever. Southwest says that the new seats are lighter and should save over 200 pounds of weight per aircraft. I wonder if these seats will ever make it over to the existing Southwest 737-700s and 737-800 series aircraft.