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WN 737-700 Blister?  
User currently offlineUltimateDelta From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2118 posts, RR: 6
Posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 5975 times:

So today I was at OMA picking someone up, and one of the planes I saw was a Southwest 737 with a visible blister on top, sort of like the satellite antenna on B6 and VX planes (it was N458WN). As far as I know, WN doesn't have satellite TV or anything like that, so what was it for? Is it related to the new wi-fi system, or something else?

Here's a picture:
http://i892.photobucket.com/albums/ac122/YX58712/IMG_4561.jpg


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User currently offlineNWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4896 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 5957 times:

It's for Wi-Fi. Only a handful of the Southwest birds have 'em.


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User currently offlineWNCrew From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 1457 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5801 times:

Quoting NWADC9 (Reply 1):
It's for Wi-Fi. Only a handful of the Southwest birds have 'em.

CORRECT! We're retrofitting -700's daily, with an expected 40-50 to be done by years end. That doesn't really put a dent in our some 300+ -700s but as I understand it they're doing it as fast as they can.



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User currently offlineQANTAS747-438 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1937 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 5747 times:

WN is using a company called Row 44 for our internet/Wi-Fi. Row 44 is a satellite based internet system, whereas most other carriers use a ground based system. From what I gather, the satellite based one requires different hardware and that's the reason that the blister is so large on a WN jet, when compared to other airlines.

An added tidbit for those interested: The FAs have to do little to nothing for the service to work. It automatically turns on once the plane has reached 10,000 feet and automatically shuts off at around 4,000 feet, I think. There's a control panel in the aft galley that the FAs have access to, but I'm not sure what it does other than show that it's on or not.

Quoting WNCrew (Reply 2):
CORRECT! We're retrofitting -700's daily, with an expected 40-50 to be done by years end. That doesn't really put a dent in our some 300+ -700s but as I understand it they're doing it as fast as they can.

Yeah, they're really moving! For September they've done tail numbers: 455, 458, 930, 425, 244, 454, 247, 287, 457, 239, 291, 456, and 487.

October is getting tails: 491, 493, 492, 495, 281, 433, 428, 294, 929, 250, 916, 932, 253, 285, and 256.

I don't know if there's any pattern in which they're installing the Wi-Fi. I do notice that they're 200, 400, and 900 tail numbers. No 700 tail numbers.



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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31679 posts, RR: 56
Reply 4, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5702 times:

Just curious....Any numbers as to the Increased drag by this Installation.What performance penalty will take place?
regds
MEL...



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User currently offlineQANTAS747-438 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1937 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 5604 times:

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 4):
Just curious....Any numbers as to the Increased drag by this Installation.What performance penalty will take place?

Not that I've heard. That's the only thing on this process that WN hasn't talked about. I heard a few rumors that there was significant drag on them and that is one of the reasons WN was testing it for so long. Whatever the results were, WN must be happy with it as they're doinng the whole -700 fleet.



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User currently offlineunattendedbag From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2325 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 5408 times:

Quoting UltimateDelta (Thread starter):
Southwest 737 with a visible blister on top, sort of like the satellite antenna

link to a news article about it from Jan. '08

http://www.flightglobal.com/articles...ht-internet-trial-by-end-year.html



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User currently offlinemrskyguy From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 1214 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 5375 times:

Quoting QANTAS747-438 (Reply 5):
Not that I've heard. That's the only thing on this process that WN hasn't talked about. I heard a few rumors that there was significant drag on them and that is one of the reasons WN was testing it for so long. Whatever the results were, WN must be happy with it as they're doinng the whole -700 fleet.

Any word on the classics, or will they not be retrofitted with the R44 antenna? If memory serves me correctly, WN engineering told me that this section is the weakest section of the 733's fuselage.



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User currently offlineQANTAS747-438 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1937 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 5339 times:

Quoting mrskyguy (Reply 7):
Any word on the classics, or will they not be retrofitted with the R44 antenna? If memory serves me correctly, WN engineering told me that this section is the weakest section of the 733's fuselage.

As of now, no, the -300s will not get WiFi. Signs are starting to point towards the -300s going away so I don't expect them to ever get it. Heck, not even all the -300s are getting winglets!

As for the weak section on the -300, I haven't heard that and don't know anything about it.



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User currently offlineWNCrew From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 1457 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 5003 times:

Quoting QANTAS747-438 (Reply 8):
As of now, no, the -300s will not get WiFi. Signs are starting to point towards the -300s going away so I don't expect them to ever get it.

Yet I love how that's never mentioned in any of the communication. It's always "fleetwide" and "across the entire fleet" etc etc but it sounds like somebody might already know that's not the case.



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