Sunday, August 5, 2012

The Boeing 737-800 Winglet of Sriwijaya Air PK-CLA

As the frequent traveler, I use so many airline companies with many type of aircraft. One of my favorite aircraft is Boeing 737-800 with winglet. The Boeing company said that winglet option is for fuel efficiency. I just think that winglet is just for new Boeing aircraft.

Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-800 PK-CLA

I just arrived at 1 August 2012 using Garuda Indonesia PK-GMU when I spotted Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-800 series with registration number PK-CLA. The I search and got the history from planesplotter.net that PK_CLA is used aircraft and it's first flight was at year 1999. After search for the pictures, I noticed that this aircraft not used winglet before.

So, the old aircraft is available to have winglet. Winglets cost about 725,000 USD and take about 1 week to install which costs an extra $25-80,000 USD. Once fitted, they add 170-235kg (375-518lbs) to the weight of the aircraft, depending upon whether they were installed at production or a retrofit (b737.org.uk).

The moral story: Don't judge aircraft age by it's winglet.

2 comments:

Jauhari said...

Waw waw travelling tiada akhir... #PasMantap

Dominik Mayer said...

Hi, nice blog! I have a short question, I just booked a ticket for Sriwijaya through http://www.tiket.com/pesawat/tiket-sriwijaya-air and the site doesn't show the aircraft type. I believe it's this Boeing, but do you know how can I check this?

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