L1011CPH From Denmark, joined Mar 2008, 28 posts, RR: 0 Posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 8932 times:
I have a question regarding the MD-80 and the winglets. These days it seems to be very popular to retrofit winglets on older airplanes. I was in CPH yesterday where there are a very big amount of MD-80. Of cause SAS still has alot of them but also other airliner is still using them.
So will the MD-80 ever gonna be retrofitted with winglets? If not then why?
I know they are pretty old but they are still a huge amount of MD.80 in use world wide.
Hope to hear from you
Best regards Emin
VHHYI From Australia, joined Oct 2007, 97 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 8658 times:
Not necessarily fake, the company that developed the hushkit on that aircraft said they were developing one: http://www.comtranlimited.com/media.html .. in 2006.
I guess they haven't convinced any operators to fit them.
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L1011CPH From Denmark, joined Mar 2008, 28 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 8571 times:
After reading the article I makes me thinking why it hasn´t been a succes? Saving 5% fuel when only retrofiting the winglets seemse to be alot. Specially when there are so many "mad dogs" still flying......
DALMD88 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2726 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 8503 times:
I don't see it happening. The cost of the winglets wouldn't likley be recouped over the inservice time of the airplane for the major current operators; AA, DL, and SAS. All three are beginning to remove them from service.
Avioniker From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 1109 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 7870 times:
The wing on an MD80 is very flexable compared to the DC9 and would require an inordinate ammount of reinforcement in the fuselage to wing attach area and mid span area to support the additional wingtip lift generated by the winglets.
It all comes down to financial balance.
I don't see it happening either.
One may educate the ignorance from the unknowing but stupid is forever. Boswell; ca: 1533
PGNCS From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 2912 posts, RR: 48
Reply 10, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 6459 times:
Quoting Alessandro (Reply 5): Well, cargohaulers will use the MD-80 for a long time, so I think winglets can happen.
Like who? Don't get me wrong, I like the MD-80 just fine and have oodles of time in it, but it has a small cabin cross section so I am highly dubious about cargo conversions. I cannot imagine that on an older aircraft with relatively short average stage lengths that financially there is any incentive to design and install winglets.