Now middle-aged, Southwest Airlines will change the paint job on it airplanes

Associated Press

Southwest Airlines will put a new paint job on its planes, adding a splash of bright color as it enters middle age and faces many changes.

The airline introduced its new livery Monday during an event in a hangar at its headquarters next to Dallas Love Field.

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Blue is still the dominant color, but the planes will also have red, yellow and blue swooshes on the tail and wing tips.

Southwest wasn't able to keep it a surprise. Pictures of a Boeing 737 in the new livery leaked on the Internet over the weekend.

The change comes in a year during which 43-year-old Southwest has begun international flights, expanded in New York and Washington, and is freed from longtime government limits on its Dallas schedule.