AndyEastMids From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 1018 posts, RR: 2 Posted (12 years 8 months 7 hours ago) and read 1385 times:
A well known aviation publication has recently reported that Northwest have acquired to 747-357 aircraft (I guess that makes them ex-Swissair) that are currently in storage at Marana. I find this surprising as NW have thus far had no 743s. Anyone know anymore?
HlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (12 years 8 months 5 hours ago) and read 1180 times:
this one did not have a winglet. Hopefully it didnt land on someone's head. There might have been a problem with the winglet and maintenance took it off and were waiting on a replacement. Missing a winglet isnt enough to ground an aircraft, it wont effect its performance that much other than a little more fuel consumption.
I believe there is a picture of a United 744 without a winglet on here
Sllevin From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 3376 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (12 years 8 months 4 hours ago) and read 1135 times:
NW *could* convert the 743's to freighters; for long hauls, I understand that fuel savings from the SUD balances out with the 10,000 pounds extra the SUD weighs. It's possible although I suspect it won't happen until things get better.
I'm surprised that winglets are on the 744's MEL, I thought they were actually molded into the outer panel, so you'd need a -D outer panel.