ASAFA From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 172 posts, RR: 2 Posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3715 times:
Just read on Alaskasworld that Alaska is planing on installing winglets on its 737-900 fleet (sorry, employee login required, but you can see the question underneath the watercooler logo). It says they are still working on a timetable, but the decision to go ahead and install them has been made.
It also says that only 9 of Alaska's 12 737-900's are suitable for winglets. Anyone have any idea why that is the case?
B6WNQX From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 247 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3689 times:
Thanks for the info ASAFA. Maybe the cost to refit the wings on the older 3 jets to handle the extra weight outweighed the benefits of them. Where does AS mainly send their -900's. I thought I heard somewhere that they mainly sent them transcon, but my memory is foggy on that subject. I know that in Feb 2005 that they had a daily -900 going to Vegas. It was my first ride on a -900. It is a long plane compared to the -700/-300's I'm used to.
ASMD11 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 111 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3673 times:
Alaska operates their 900s on alot of the high density west coast destinations like SEA, LAX, SFO, ANC, GEG, LAS (summer), PHX (summer), PSP (winter), Mexico during the winter, and also for one of the BOS flights and to ORD during the summer. I am sure I am missing some as well though
Ikramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21628 posts, RR: 59
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3610 times:
I assume they can't be installed until the 739ER is certified, as it has winglets as a "standard option." AFAIK, the winglets have only been certified on the 73G and 738 to this point. Anyone know differently?
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