Howard Business

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 its 30th anniversary and unveiling its new blue paint scheme with the arrival of one of its 25 new Boeing 737-700s.

The airline's traditional 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.

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

Aer Lingus executive to speak at meeting

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

The Irish national airline initiated 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.

Admission to the Spirit of Success breakfast meeting, which begins at 7:45 a.m., is $25 for nonmembers, free for members. Reservations are required, 410-859-1000. The BWI Marriott is at 1743 W. Nursery Road in Linthicum.

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