As we begin to emerge from the winter season, I’m happy to report that the M88 Wi-Fi is down to an overnight and we are cranking away. A second line of M88’s will begin shortly and Ship 9211 (M90) prototype is running smoothly. The team is addressing the 737-800 next month and design of the NWA fleet is beginning.
Winglet-wise, Delta now has (4) 767-300ER’s provisioned and two more in work. We are anticipating a mid-April installation of the first aircraft with winglets based on an APB STC later on this week. On the 737 side, ship 3720 has inducted for our 8th 73Y aircraft which brings our 737-800 Fleet to 50% completion.
Tonight, Ship 1705 (76L) inducts for its Satellite Communication mod. The equipment on-board will be the Iridium system, similar to the installation on our 767-400’s. The systems flying around on our earlier 767-300’s, while still airworthy and functional, has been phased out of production. This will begin the count down to ensuring all 76L aircraft are standardized with Sat Com equipment (which will make our friends in Routing happy).
That said, our 764 Lie Flat mod (Ship 1804) is chugging right long as we are on day 42 of the visit. We expect to begin the certification portion of the mod some time next week and continue to target an April 1st in-service date.
Lastly, Ship 6803 is wrapping up it’s trifecta of modifications. Headrests are now currently installed on the Y/C seats, the lav tanks have increased in capacity, and we are finishing up the integrated ACARS/SAT COM system. Expect to see her fly sometime in mid March.