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AirTran 737s: Why No Winglets?

Wed Jul 07, 2004 12:24 pm

I had read this in the past, and I apologize if there was already a topic about this, but how come AirTran is not putting winglets on its new 737-700s?

I seem to remember something about space next to other 717s or 737s but I could not remember.
 
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RE: AirTran 737s: Why No Winglets?

Wed Jul 07, 2004 12:38 pm

Winglets are optional equipment. But they can be added on later, if desired.
Recently at Boeing we saw two WN 737's being built, one had winglets the other didn't. When we asked about this this is what we were told.
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RE: AirTran 737s: Why No Winglets?

Wed Jul 07, 2004 12:43 pm

Flamant15:

To my knowledge, those aircraft being purchased directly by AirTran will not have winglets; aircraft purchased by (I believe) GECAS and leased by AirTran will have winglets. Anyone feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.

Also, for future reference, the search tool is quite a helpful feature.
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RE: AirTran 737s: Why No Winglets?

Wed Jul 07, 2004 12:45 pm

I know winglets are an option. I am asking why AirTran decided not have them installed on their planes. Southwest has decided to retrofit all their old 737-700s and all new planes will have them installed.

I seem to recall that AirTran had a specific reason for not having them installed, but I cannot remember what the reason.
 
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RE: AirTran 737s: Why No Winglets?

Wed Jul 07, 2004 12:54 pm

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/1457002/6/

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RE: AirTran 737s: Why No Winglets?

Wed Jul 07, 2004 1:02 pm

See? It is already discussions into the forum while ago and I am sure you can very helpful with their -700.
 
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RE: AirTran 737s: Why No Winglets?

Wed Jul 07, 2004 1:04 pm

Thanks AirplanePeanut,

So we have two answers:
1. Cost reasons
2. They won't fit at ATL

I don't believe it is a cost issue due to the fact that southwest is getting them and Aviation Partners Boeing says they practically pay for themselves.

As for not fitting in ATL, now that AirTran is the number 2 airline in Atlanta, don't you think they could work something out to get more terminal space or more gates at a different terminal to make 717s fit next to the 737s.
 
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RE: AirTran 737s: Why No Winglets?

Wed Jul 07, 2004 1:11 pm

No Problem
Personnaly, I think THey Should Try To get Some ASA/COMAIR gates in the rest of Concourse C. But Concourse D would be a nice place to expand for their 73G's

Ill Be flying in ATL tommorow, so I hope I can Get to Concourse D to check It out.

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RE: AirTran 737s: Why No Winglets?

Wed Jul 07, 2004 1:28 pm

I just hope that eventually AirTran adds the winglets to its fleet since I know it will save them money in the long run.
 
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RE: AirTran 737s: Why No Winglets?

Wed Jul 07, 2004 1:48 pm

I just think it was that they looked at the airport that would be serving these new a/c and found that there wasn't any gate space.... I would be nice to see a NG737 in those colors with winglets. Then again now that they are being used so much any 737 w/o winglets looks crappy!

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RE: AirTran 737s: Why No Winglets?

Wed Jul 07, 2004 3:37 pm

There is of course the most important reason apart from cost and gate space:

- On flights under about 2 hours the winglets' added weight is a larger penalty than the fuel savings they produce.
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