MCIB757
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Will AirTran's 737's Have Winglets?

Tue Aug 12, 2003 4:43 am

Ok, so I ask this question because of the image on the Boeing website shows a AirTran 737 without winglets when it used to show one with winglets. Also the image on AirTran's website shows one with winglets. So what are they getting, I would think they would get them with winglets because of all the advantages of them. http://boeing.com/news/releases/2003/photorelease/q3/pr_030701g.html
http://www.airtran.com/aboutus/news/boeing737.jsp

Thanks in advance
Tom
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srbmod
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RE: Will AirTran's 737's Have Winglets?

Tue Aug 12, 2003 4:52 am

If I remember correctly, the ones coming from GE Capital will have them, while the AirTran financed a/c will not have them. At least that's the current rumor.
 
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RE: Will AirTran's 737's Have Winglets?

Tue Aug 12, 2003 4:56 am

There is enough confusion with ATA and Airtran. Let use keep our winglets.
 
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RE: Will AirTran's 737's Have Winglets?

Tue Aug 12, 2003 5:03 am

"There is enough confusion with ATA and Airtran. Let use keep our winglets."

So theres a valid reason for AirTran to not get winglets...

Who cares about cost savings.
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m717
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RE: Will AirTran's 737's Have Winglets?

Tue Aug 12, 2003 5:08 am

I heard the same thing as Srbmod. I guess we'll know for sure when they start showing up.  Smile
 
saxman66
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RE: Will AirTran's 737's Have Winglets?

Tue Aug 12, 2003 6:19 am

I think I read somewhere that they are getting winglets. I wish I remembered where I saw that though.

Chris
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RE: Will AirTran's 737's Have Winglets?

Tue Aug 12, 2003 9:46 am

Just curious! Will AirTran Airways expand west, before they get their NG737's. Would it make sense to expand their operations west using Ryan International's A320's.
 
m717
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RE: Will AirTran's 737's Have Winglets?

Tue Aug 12, 2003 10:03 am

It's possible that there could be one or two additional cities served by the Ryan wet-lease. The AirTran pilots' agreement with the company allows for the wet-lease to operated into two markets not currently served. Whether or not this actually happens remains to be seen. There have been rumors that the 737s could arrive before next June, but that is only a rumor, and many things would have to happen for this to become a reality.

Another consideration is that so far the Ryan performance has been something less than we had hoped for. Suffice it to say that there have been some reliability issues, and I would hope that unless these issues are resolved, AirTran would refrain from expanding this agreement from it's current level. Why risk damaging our reputation in other West Coast markets with spotty service that we don't control. I'm for waiting until we operate our own aircraft before going into any additional markets.
 
MCIB757
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RE: Will AirTran's 737's Have Winglets?

Tue Aug 12, 2003 10:49 am

Yes I agree with M717, I don't think they will because they have been very unhappy with Ryan International servicing of those western routes. For a little more information on how AirTran is not happy with Ryan, check out the recent post about Ryan International and how a person who used to be a F/A for Ryan describes it in detail.

Tom
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Flyer732
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RE: Will AirTran's 737's Have Winglets?

Tue Aug 12, 2003 12:38 pm

According to people who work the Ryan/AirTran contract there will be an annoucement shortly after Labor Day for new routes.
 
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RE: Will AirTran's 737's Have Winglets?

Wed Aug 13, 2003 5:09 am

regarding the winglets, i think that whatever decision they make, it will apply to all of their 737s. this is only speculation, but it seems absurd to only equip half the fleet with winglets.

on a personal note, i hope they do. winglets make the 737 look so damn cool. i prefer the 737 over the a320, but will admit that the a320 looks better than a 737 without winglets. but put winglets on it, and the 737 is the hottest looking plane in the sky.