Aerolineas Argentinas 737-7Q8, LV-CSI (c/n 30707/975), taxis out for takeoff at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) on 15Aug14 wearing a special 2014 World Cup scheme featuring stickers of Argentine football stars Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain plus the legend "Gracias Argentina" after the team's appearance in the final game. (Phil Perry Photo)
This aircraft departed Ezeiza on 09Nov16 on return to the lessor and will soon join the fleet of Southwest Airlines like numerous other ex-Aerolineas 737-700's. LV-CSI was originally delivered to Virgin Blue of Australia on 17Oct01 where it flew for ten years before transferring to Aerolineas on 25Nov11.
This is one of the two Aerolineas 737-700's that flew in the special 2014 World Cup scheme (the other being LV-CPH c/n 28238/817). Prior to the games, the legend said "Vamos Argentina" (Let's Go Argentina) which was changed to "Gracias Argentina" (Thank you Argentina) after the tournament's conclusion.