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AirTran's New 717 Mods?

Wed Jan 19, 2005 6:43 am

Are AirTran's NEWEST 717s coming off the production line with the new YELLOW/GREEN Luminescent Tape running down the aisle? Or are they coming off the line like the other 717s, with the lights on the side? I have noticed how newer planes and interior mods are installing the tape on the side instead of using traditional lights on the side, or blinking aisle lights... Any details?
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RE: AirTran's New 717 Mods?

Wed Jan 19, 2005 6:50 am

I'm assuming that you are refering to the escape path lighting...

To my knowledge, all FL 717s are equipped with standard incandescent lighting that runs along the base aircraft right aisle seats. Conversely, the FL 737s are equipped with photoluminescent strips than run along both sides of the aisle at floor-level.
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RE: AirTran's New 717 Mods?

Wed Jan 19, 2005 7:07 am

Yes, the 737 lighting is what I'm talking about... The photoluminescent strips... I know the 717s have the standard incandescent lighting, but examples I have noticed are this

1. Northwest Airlink (Pinnacle) original CRJs came with blinking colored lights on the aisle, but the newer ones have the photoluminescent strips on them per the newest safetycards.

2. ASA/Delta Connection original CRJs came with the same blinking lights, and the CRJ-700s have the photoluminescent strips.

3. Jetsgo has refurbished their MD80s to have the Photoluminescent strips in them

So, I was wondering if their newest 717s will have the new type strips.
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RE: AirTran's New 717 Mods?

Wed Jan 19, 2005 7:14 am

Is there an advantage to having one over the other?
 
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RE: AirTran's New 717 Mods?

Wed Jan 19, 2005 7:18 am

Given that the 717 production line is near the end of its days, I doubt Boeing would be interested in investing the tens of thousands of dollars that would be required in order to recertify the cabin of the aircraft with the photoluminescent strips.

On a side note, ASA Inflight has just been informed that all CRJ200 deliveries from this point forward will be equipped with the photoluminescent strips (of the same variety found on the CRJ700).

Lastly, the incandescent escape path lights on the CRJ200s do not blink. The illumination is constant, and the blinking (during the demo) is solely a result of the flight attendant alternating the toggle switch between "on" and "off".
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RE: AirTran's New 717 Mods?

Wed Jan 19, 2005 7:21 am

GNomon, The Photoluminescent strips require less maintenance in terms of electrical work because they do not require any wiring. The Overhead lights "charge" the strips which is why the overhead bins must be closed while the plane is parked at the gate. Some F/As ignore this and the strips are not charged. Hope the FAA is not on a flight like that.
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RE: AirTran's New 717 Mods?

Wed Jan 19, 2005 7:25 am

Given that the 717 production line is near the end of its days, I doubt Boeing would be interested in investing the tens of thousands of dollars that would be required in order to recertify the cabin of the aircraft with the photoluminescent strips.

It is already certified, and has been for several years as far as I'm aware...

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RE: AirTran's New 717 Mods?

Wed Jan 19, 2005 7:26 am

BR715-A1-30:

Actually, the sidewall lights, if luminated to full intensity, along with any ambient sunlight and light from the overhead bin lights (partial obstructed by the overhead bin doors, of course) provide sufficient light to charge the photoluminescent strips. It is simply not feasible to keep the overhead bin doors closed during passenger boarding.

Crosswind:

I respectfully stand corrected. As such, I cannot claim to know what AirTran techops divisions plans on this front in the future. An "updating" to the photoluminescent strips would seem to be a possibility.

[Edited 2005-01-18 23:28:54]
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