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Southwest orders winglets. Southwest, which has fuel-saving blended winglets on all 243 of its 737-700 aircraft and on all of its new deliveries, will install the winglets on nearly half of its 737-300s. The winglets are manufactured and installed by Aviation Partners Boeing and will begin in early 2007. Installation will take 12 to15 days per aircraft, and it is expected to take two or three years for the installation to be complete. Source: Aviation Daily

I have a question: Does the installation actually take 12-15 days or is this a misprint?
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no, two to three days on an 800.
Kelowan Flightcraft does this mod for 737-800 customers.
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Rebel wrote: I have a question: Does the installation actually take 12-15 days or is this a misprint?
billed for 12 days, work completed in 24hours....
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I can't comment on the 800 series - but the 700's and lower take about 10 days.

It's a lot more than just bolting on the winglets. New stringers need to be run through the wings and changes to other stuff like spoilers are also required.
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I guess it depends on how many men you have working on it.
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boeingboy wrote:I can't comment on the 800 series - but the 700's and lower take about 10 days.

It's a lot more than just bolting on the winglets. New stringers need to be run through the wings and changes to other stuff like spoilers are also required.
Do they have to re-skin the wing or at least part of it?
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One of the TC guys told me the inflight entertainment system weighs 1000 lbs.(kgs.?) and increases the fuel burn by 3%. (This is apparantly why the Hawaii passengers don't get to watch TV.) Given the quality of TV programming, wouldn't it be more cost effective to just rip out the entertainment system and give everybody a newspaper? Just wondering.
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