NA From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10246 posts, RR: 12 Posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3458 times:
In 2000 Aviation partners tested huge blended winglets on a 742 freighter, registered N639FE, a former Fedex/Flying Tigers/SAS airplane (no photo w. winglets available on a.net). Why has no 747 Classic ever been equipped with them. Too expensive? I mean, on a 747, winglets must save $$$, so why was the project quietly cancelled?
I think they have achieved a 7% saving in fuel burn, but don't quote me on that ! So just let's say they reduce fuel burn by 4%, on a thirsty 747 Classic, this means huge savings ! The classics of some operators will be around for some time to come, e.g. Kalitta or MK airlines, so I think the programme would have made sense. IMO the fuel price was't high enough at that time.