as739x
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AQ 73G W/ Winglets: Did I Miss Something?

Thu Sep 25, 2003 9:47 am

I have never seen this posted or discussed, but I found a AQ with winglets. When did they decided to put these on?


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copaair737
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RE: AQ 73G W/ Winglets: Did I Miss Something?

Thu Sep 25, 2003 9:53 am

I think i read about this about 2 weeks ago. nice to see you again ASSFO
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as739x
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RE: AQ 73G W/ Winglets: Did I Miss Something?

Thu Sep 25, 2003 9:58 am

Same here Copa, hope all is well
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CanadaEH
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RE: AQ 73G W/ Winglets: Did I Miss Something?

Thu Sep 25, 2003 10:19 am

Winglets are getting popular nowadays! Westjet just installed their first set of winglets last week, Aloha did the same in the following week, Southwest is to install winglets in the future, Air Pacific flies to YVR (-800) with winglets.. Winglets, winglets, winglets!!
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gigneil
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RE: AQ 73G W/ Winglets: Did I Miss Something?

Thu Sep 25, 2003 10:20 am

I believe AQ has had them for a very, very long time.

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KQ777
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RE: AQ 73G W/ Winglets: Did I Miss Something?

Thu Sep 25, 2003 10:25 am

How on earth can a 737-800, winglets or not, reach Vancouver from Tahiti?!! That's like a 10-12 hour flight!! Wow, those winglets must really add some range!!
 
gigneil
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RE: AQ 73G W/ Winglets: Did I Miss Something?

Thu Sep 25, 2003 10:33 am

Its a 73G, not a 738. The 73G has quite a few more legs... and the winglets definitely improve cruise performance 3-4%.

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CanadaEH
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RE: AQ 73G W/ Winglets: Did I Miss Something?

Thu Sep 25, 2003 10:36 am

Air Pacific flies their 737-800W from Nadi - Honolulu - Vancouver - Honolulu - Nadi. They've even flown their 737-700 on the route a few times as well.

Aloha flies their 737-700 (recently equipped with winglets) from Vancouver - a few Hawaiian destinations in the summer, with increased frequency in the winter.
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RE: AQ 73G W/ Winglets: Did I Miss Something?

Thu Sep 25, 2003 10:58 am

AQ also uses the 737NGs for US west coast flights, and some Pacific Island flights. Smile
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SRD737NG
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RE: AQ 73G W/ Winglets: Did I Miss Something?

Thu Sep 25, 2003 11:25 am

The picture in the first post is the first -700 equipped with winglets for Aloha. We will be retrofitting the others to have 4 finished by the end of the year, and all the current aircraft finished by this time next year. And, ofcourse, all future new a/c will come with winglets as well. It was announced a couple of months ago to us that this was going to happen.

Aloha currently fly's the -700 from HNL, OGG, and KOA to cities on the west coast.....YVR,OAK,BUR,SNA,PHX,LAS,SMF,RNO, and more to come. AQ currently has 10 (I think) -700's and has a current business plan to have 20 in the fleet in the next few years. The airplane is doing very well for us.....management tells us that on average, 70 seats sold breaks even. Not bad. With the winglets installed, fuel savings should be around 106,000 gallons per airplane, per year.
 
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RE: AQ 73G W/ Winglets: Did I Miss Something?

Thu Sep 25, 2003 11:29 am

KQ777, Air Pacific is from Fiji. Like CanadaEH mentioned they fly from Nadi to Honolulu then Vancouver. Not Tahiti. Just to clarify  Smile
 
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RE: AQ 73G W/ Winglets: Did I Miss Something?

Thu Sep 25, 2003 2:50 pm

I believe AQ has had them for a very, very long time.

Actually, they got thier first one with winglets yesterday.

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