Southwest Airlines’ two new Boeing 737-800 aircraft began operational service today – April 11 2012.

Boeing 737-800 Flight 1717

The first one, Flight 1717, has just taken off and can be seen live on Plane Finder.

Track flight 1717
N8301J departing from Chicago Midway International (MDW / KMDW)

And not long afterwards below is N8302F (Flight 653) seen departing from Baltimore-Washington International (BWI / KBWI).

Boeing 737-800 Flight 653

Boeing 737-800 Flight 653
Southwest Flight 653 – Image from Plane Finder App

You can see flight 653 live on Plane Finder.

We’re delighted here at to see that these are the first SWA flights equipped for NextGen.

This will enable the aircraft to operate more efficiently, a vital function in such a competitive market.

The 737-800 is also able to carry 38 more passengers than the current fleet of 737s.

31 more 737-800s are on order. Great news for both passengers and Plane Finder users.

Warrior One, N8301J

Just last month on Plane Finder we saw N8301J “Warrior One” the first SWA 737-800 during testing. Track playback on Plane Finder.

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