barney captain wrote:phllax wrote:
I get the gist of it. We were on N8565Z and I didn’t notice life rafts.
Only the 83XX series of -800's are etops and to my knowledge, they're the only a/c that have the rafts physically installed. Some of the 700's we got from the second market have the ceiling compartments, but i think all the rafts were removed for weight savings since they aren't needed.
Only the N8301-8329 are ETOPS -800 A/C and they all have additional POBs and 4 rafts
The 737 MAX8 A/C (while not technically ETOPS) also have compartments, but no rafts had been installed yet.
There are also -700's which are non-ETOPS, but they are equipped for extended overwater Ops. They have three raft compartments.
- Rafts are installed/removed as needed depending on time of year and which routes they may need rafts on.
There are -700's from OAL as well that have 1 or 2 ceiling compartments but they weren't necessarily intended to ever hold rafts... they can also be used for storage of supplies, though WN does not allow this. They just stay closed and sealed.