Southwest Airlines unveils new colors in 19-city tour...

BWI Digest

January 22, 2001

Southwest Airlines unveils new colors in 19-city tour

Southwest Airlines included Baltimore-Washington International Airport on its 19-city ceremonial tour last week, marking the airline's 30th anniversary and unveiling its new blue paint scheme with the arrival of one of its 25 new Boeing 737-700s.

The airline's old color scheme of desert gold, red and orange will be phased out with the orders for new planes, and planes will be repainted as part of Southwest's normal maintenance program.

Canyon blue is the predominant color of the new scheme, with Southwest's traditional gold, red and orange striping the belly and tail of its aircraft.

At the BWI ceremony, Southwest representative Ron Ricks said that the new planes and paint will not result in higher airfares and that the new planes are less expensive to maintain.

Southwest initiated service at BWI in 1993 with three daily flights to Cleveland and five to Chicago-Midway. Currently, Southwest offers 122 daily nonstop flights from BWI to 28 destinations.

Aer Lingus executive to speak at meeting

Jack Foley, executive vice president of Aer Lingus, will be the keynote speaker at the BWI Business Partnership breakfast meeting Thursday at BWI Marriott.

The Irish national airline began service in September between BWI and Shannon and Dublin with three flights a week, using Airbus 330 aircraft. In April, the airline plans to increase the service to five weekly flights, and daily service is scheduled to begin by May 29.

The BWI Business Partnership Inc. is a nonprofit economic development and transportation management association made up of leading area employers.

Admission for nonmembers to the Spirit of Success breakfast meeting, which begins at 7:45 a.m., is $25. There is no charge for members. Reservations are required. Information: 410-859-1000.

The BWI Marriott is at 1743 W. Nursery Road in Linthicum.

Ground transportation use up in Arundel, Howard

An increasing number of Anne Arundel and Howard County residents are choosing to use ground transportation services instead of driving and parking at BWI.

More than 14,000 Anne Arundel County residents used SuperShuttle to and from the airport last year, a 22 percent increase over 1999. The Airport Shuttle served more than 64,000 Howard residents last year, a 16 percent rise in passengers.

Airport Taxi saw a 13 percent increase in customers overall, serving more than 410,000 people last year. The Amtrak Shuttle transported more than 593,000 people, a 25 percent increase, to and from the BWI Rail Station. Private Car limousines met more than 41,000 travelers when they returned to BWI, an increase of 25 percent.

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