Has anyone heard how Virgin's trial of scimitar winglets on a few 738s is going? Any plans to roll this out fleetwide? Not a fan of the look but it seems to be popular in the US, notable exception being AA.
Havent heard anything about them. I am not even sure all 5 have them yet, I haven't seen anything in any of the weekly newsletters Virgin puts out. I would imagine they would at least be rolled out to the rest of the international fleet. As to fleet wide I would probably say no, I cant see a return being added on the VO* and VU* fleet, however the YF*, YI*. YV* and YW* registered aircraft there could be some benefit. The SSW really only benefit on longer flights so I can only see them benefit the international flights plus PER/MEL/SYD/BNE-DRW and PER-SYD/BNE/HBA/MEL flights domestically. While SSW add some benefits from a ramp perspective extra precautions are required including requiring a wing walker while under tow including in and out of gates
VA has said that during the initial trial only the YI* fleet will be retrofitted with the SSW. These birds principally do NZ and Pacific services meaning their average stage length is over 3 hours which is the point where the extra efficiency overcomes the extra weight. These are also fairly young planes which will mean they can absorb the 5-6 year payback period. VO and VU* fleets are too old to benefit as they will rollover as the MAX arrive from 2021.
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