CanadaEH From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 1341 posts, RR: 4 Posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3815 times:
Aviation Partners Boeing Teams up With WestJet to Launch 737-600 Blended Winglet(TM) Program
Monday January 24, 11:41 am ET
Canadian Carrier Saves Fuel and Boosts Route Opportunities with Aviation Partners Boeing(R) Blended Winglet Technology
SEATTLE, Jan. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- WestJet enhanced its position as the low cost and innovation leader in Canadian aviation in 2003 when it became the North American Blended Winglet launch operator for Boeing Next Generation 737-700 series aircraft. Today, WestJet enters the record books again as the inaugural customer for Aviation Partners Boeing's 737-600 Blended Winglet Performance Enhancement Program.
GodBless From Sweden, joined Apr 2000, 2751 posts, RR: 18 Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3686 times:
I heard that the 73G with winglets has too much lift already when empty, so it must be really hard to get the 736 on the ground once it's has winglets...
A buddy of mine, a pilot, told me how he did a position flight with Air Berlin's "Dreamliner" and it just didn't want to get onto the runway.
WJA73G From Canada, joined Jun 2004, 167 posts, RR: 1 Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3486 times:
According to my Father (NG Captain) the -700 is an absolute beast when it is empty.. It performs more like a rocket than an airplane and the -600 will probably be even more outstanding because it is smaller with the same engines!
"No, We're not afraid of Westjet, They've got what, Ten Airplanes Now?" -Robert Milton, 1999 Interview.
Jean Leloup From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2106 posts, RR: 24 Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3445 times:
Hmm... I wonder if the timing of this (relatively minor) announcement is intended to partly offset the imminent (in my opinion) announcement of a fourth-quarter loss after almost 30 consecutive quarters of profitability...
Wjv04 From Canada, joined Jun 2001, 565 posts, RR: 4 Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3266 times:
Jean Leloup... umm or not. Even if we do post a loss, I highly doubt that Westjet would use this to offset their announcement.
Quite funny, our crew was talking about this exact topic today just before pushing the flight to San Fran. I personally dont see why the -600 would need winglets. I cant wait tell we get the 600s and 800s!!!
Any ideas on delivery dates.
CanadaEH From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 1341 posts, RR: 4 Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3256 times:
-800's are to be delivered in April, May, and June (three). The first of our -600's are to be delivered in August although from the news release it sounds like it'll be in test flights for Boeing from March-July... so know knows.
I've also heard that our -600's will have the longest range of any NG in the world aside from the BBJ thanks to the increased MTOW.
Jean Leloup From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2106 posts, RR: 24 Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3176 times:
Well, it's not that unusual for a company to post a press release to offset something else, so I do'nt htink my suggestion was all that unreasonable. Take, for instance, Boeing's "roll-out" of one small piece of the 7E7 just five days before Airbus unveiled the A380.
Mind you, in this case, I see it was Aviation Partners that made the press release; Westjet does not have one as of yet.
For what it's worth, I love Westjet, but let's not act as though people are NOT worried about the fourth quarter results! (As well as the next couple after that.) We all know things are getting a little tougher for WS...
Lymanm From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 1133 posts, RR: 1 Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3161 times:
I thought the 736 was to open up shorter routes where capacity didn't justify the larger airplanes. If so, why make an already clumsily heavy airplane even heavier? The cost savings of the winglets are only felt on much longer stage lengths.
Granted, they would be perfect for YVR-YUL or similar.
CanadaEH From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 1341 posts, RR: 4 Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3152 times:
Our company is pretty tight-lipped about strategic plans for 2005. A decision has yet to be made (or publicly announced) regarding our 737-200 fleet, and rumors abound as to where our 737-600's are going to go (YLW/YEG/YYC-HNL are just one of them). Who knows, but whatever we can do to make these things more efficient I'm all for.
Jean, a lot of people are worried about our quarterly results but I'm more focused on what my company plans on doing to make our company viable for the long-term. It isn't going to be an easy year by any means..
BO__einG From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2759 posts, RR: 20 Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2950 times:
A Boeing 737-600 equipped with Winglets, my goodness that would be extremely appealing to the eye. Definetly a first for Boeing to go with something like this.
Will these babies also be equipped with LiveTV like in some of the -700 Fleet?
Uncertain whether that too would be a first in the world.
I remember seeing the hybrid Delta 737-800 back in 2002 and at that time I thought about the airline having their own planes like these and winglets too. It looks like it is becoming a reality.
This is pretty nice stuff for the company.
My pick: Fourth Quarter will be a profit but will be a bit lower than average.
And I hope the classics will also remain in service for a while longer.
Expanding my global domination one spotter at a time..
TransportEng From Canada, joined Jan 2005, 24 posts, RR: 0 Reply 23, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2682 times:
I'm a bit skeptical about their effectiveness. I'm an engineer although not in aeronautics so I don't know any technical info. However I remember seeing a press release a couple years ago where Westjet said that the winglets improve effeciency by "up to 4%" and later in the release said "statistically 90% accurate". At the time I thought it was strange that they relaxed the normal engineering statistical tolerance of 95% and qualified the 4% with an 'up to'. Also, small number statistics that happen to be just under 5% difference are questionable too for the same reason. I'd like to see the statistical distributions used and data and parameters (how many flights, how did they measure the fuel burn, how to control the experiment), which I know won't happen. There's always a given mean and standard deviation for a data set, and a regression analysis of fuel efficiency would have to account for dozens of factors. I'm not saying they didn't do it though, but that small number statistics are difficult in the best of cases.
It's also always struck me as a bit strange that they're only coming out with these now. See how similar the new airliners coming out are (A380 and 7E7), large scale advances are behind us (not aeronautical advances though). Think of the Concorde and SR-71. It's true, that todays technology allows us to identify those last couple of percentage points that yesterdays tech couldn't. So I'm not saying aeronautical engineers don't do anything these days, they actually more interesting jobs. Instead of working with aerodynamics and wind tunnels they work with simulation and models. In fact, they do a lot of software programming, imagine the challenge of making the software for the stealth bomber to fly like a regular airplane.
Anyway, my point in this ramble is that they probably have an effect, but it might be smaller than advertised, as a 1 to 2% efficiency difference would be hard for airliners to verify, and they might not be worth it in terms of cost/benefit. Maybe someone can provide some links that aren't just press releases. But they look cool, and are advertised to save fuel, so why not?
CanadaEH From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 1341 posts, RR: 4 Reply 24, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2672 times:
Thinking back to when we first installed winglets, we only had it on one aircraft for a period of 30, 60, or 90 days (can't remember). That aircraft was the "tester" and it was determined that on transcon (YVR/YYC/YEG-YYZ/YUL/YOW) we saved up to 7% fuel burn. Obviously the savings were lower the shorter the distance.
FYI, All of Westjet's 737's (-600/-700/-800) will be equipped with LiveTV and winglets. 118 seats on -600, 136 seats on -700, and 164 seats on -800.
Flying the -600 to Hawaii seems like a waste.
Not really.The market from YVR-HNL is very saturated with Air Canada (2x daily, 340/767), Harmony (10x weekly, 757), Aloha (1x daily, 73G) and Air Pacific (2x weekly, 738). I believe that Westjet's plan is to launch service from cities which don't have direct service - YYC, YEG, YLW, etc. I could be entirely wrong, though.
25 Ha763: Not really.The market from YVR-HNL is very saturated with Air Canada (2x daily, 340/767), Harmony (10x weekly, 757), Aloha (1x daily, 73G) and Air Pac
26 Ramprat: HA, I think you forgot about AC 45, a daily 763, in addition to AC43.
27 CanadaEH: I don't want to debate the merits of a hypothetical launch of a route, but we'd need 4 FA's for 136 seats vs. only 3 for 118 seats. However, if we lau