Stitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 31988 posts, RR: 85
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2671 times:
I imagine the engines and structure are about as efficient as they can be (for the most part), and while raked wingtips might help a bit, I imagine Boeing or some aftermarket supplier would already have developed them by now if the gains were significant.
Ikramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21672 posts, RR: 59
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2331 times:
Quoting Stitch (Reply 1): I imagine Boeing or some aftermarket supplier would already have developed them by now if the gains were significant.
Aviation Partners believes the blended winglet is valuable on the original 777 models, but are focusing their R&D on the more lucrative narrowbody jets and 767s, since there are far, far, far more of them out there.
777s are down the list, but they will likely certified a blended winglet at some point in the future if enough customers demand it.
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