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Boeing 737-300 With Blended Winglets

Tue Dec 24, 2002 11:16 pm

Yesterday I saw this Aviation Partners B733 when passing Boeing Field:


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It's sporting blended winglets as a part of a program to determine it may be economical to retrofit these older Boeing models (733/734). It is actually not the first 733 with winglets. This was also tested out a couple of years ago.


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As airlines mostly find it too expensive to retrofit 'old' 737NG's with winglets, one must wonder if this really is a feasable project. Nothing seemed to happen with the same project on 747's either.

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RE: Boeing 737-300 With Blended Winglets

Wed Dec 25, 2002 12:48 am

It all depends on the price, right?
At one million a set....there won't be many takers.
Lower that to one third...and the payback becomes a bit more realistic.
Also, I imagine it was hard to get more performance out the NG wing (being a current design)...the older wing will be easier to improve on. I would expect fuel burn savings in the 5-6% range.
 
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RE: Boeing 737-300 With Blended Winglets

Wed Dec 25, 2002 1:57 am

Greg - Your predicted fuel burn savings for the 737 -300/-400/-500 is roughly that achieved on the NG series with blended winglets.

Just curious what data you are basing your above assumptions on.

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RE: Boeing 737-300 With Blended Winglets

Wed Dec 25, 2002 2:15 am

Boeing's website has/had a link to Aviation Partners website. This was probably around Feb/March this year. Also, you can check the AW&ST archives...there are two articles on retrofitting...one on the 737 Classics (300/400) and the other on the 747 (200/300).

If I'm not mistaken (and I haven't searched), I think the realistic fuel burn savings on the NG series is 'nearly' 4%--but only achieved at less than maximum take off weight. There is a Boeing statment regarding it...you can search the press releases. I've noticed that Boeing is now 'playing up' the range increase instead of the fuel burn savings---a little peculiar since the NG's have fairly healthy legs for mid size jets.

Have you heard differently? I'd be curious to what you've learned.
Thank you for your reply.

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