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boysteve
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Australian Winglets

Sat Sep 17, 2005 6:00 am

On a recent holiday down under I became obsessed with winglets (sad bastard that I am).
Whilst catching an internal flight at SYD I observed a Virgin Blue B737-700 at an adjacent gate with winglets. When my Virgin blue aircraft arrived it was a B737-800 without winglets. Why would virgin blue specify winglets on a B737 but not a B738? The last B738 I had flown was a Ryanair aircraft and it had winglets.
Another internal flight on Qantas was on another B738 and it had exceptionally large winglets, so big they looked disproportionate and silly! If QF have 'super-winglets' on a B738 why do Virgin Blue have no winglets when they fly the same routes? Especially when Ryanair splash out on standard sized winglets.
I then began to think more generally, If winglets are good for the B744, why have Airbus not included them on the A380?
If winglets are good for the A330/A340, why have Boeing not included them on later B767 and B777?
I'm confused!
 
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RE: Australian Winglets

Sat Sep 17, 2005 6:03 am

Quoting Boysteve (Thread starter):
Why would virgin blue specify winglets on a B737 but not a B738?

They simply have not gotten the winglets retrofitted to the specific aircraft you flew yet. BTW, the 737-700 is the 73G

Quoting Boysteve (Thread starter):
The last B738 I had flown was a Ryanair aircraft and it had winglets.
Another internal flight on Qantas was on another B738 and it had exceptionally large winglets, so big they looked disproportionate and silly



Quoting Boysteve (Thread starter):
Especially when Ryanair splash out on standard sized winglets.

The winglets on the QF and FR planes are exactly the same size

Quoting Boysteve (Thread starter):
why have Boeing not included them on later B767 and B777?

The 764 along with the 777-200LR and 777-300ER use the Raked Wingtip device, which is more aerodynamically efficient than a winglet.
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