Aviation Partners Boeing Launches Split Scimitar Winglet Program
United Airlines to Retrofit Next-Generation 737 Fleet
SEATTLE, Jan. 15, 2013
SEATTLE, Jan. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) today
announced it has launched its new Split Scimitar Winglet program with an order
from United Airlines. Using a newly patented design, the program will consist
of retrofitting existing Boeing Next Generation 737 Blended Winglets by
replacing the aluminum winglet tip cap with a new aerodynamically shaped
"Scimitar" ^TM winglet tip cap and by adding a new Scimitar tipped Ventral
Strake. This revolutionary design was flight tested by Aviation Partners, Inc.
in 2012 and demonstrated significant aircraft drag reduction over the basic
Blended Winglet configuration.
APB has identified eight unique Boeing Next-Generation 737 configurations that
will be considered for possible certification by the FAA; these include: the
structurally provisioned and non-provisioned 737-700, 737-800, 737-BBJ, the
structurally provisioned 737-900 and the 737-900ER. The initial FAA
certification program will be for retrofit conversion of Blended Winglets on
737-800 aircraft that were delivered with wings structurally provisioned for
Blended Winglets at time of delivery from the Boeing Next-Generation 737
production line (line numbers 778 and on). FAA supplemental type certification
is targeted for October of this year. FAA certification of 737-900ER Split
Scimitar Winglets is expected to follow by March 2014.
"We are very pleased that our eco-friendly friends at United have agreed to
become the first airline to order Split Scimitar Winglets. This will mark the
fifth program that the management team of United has partnered with Aviation
Partners Boeing to launch," said Aviation Partners Boeing executive vice
president and chief commercial officer Patrick LaMoria. "We are immensely
grateful for United's continued support."
United has either been the launch customer for, or otherwise ordered, Blended
Winglets for every Boeing commercial aircraft type for which APB offers a
winglet system, in chronological order this includes the: 757-200; 737-800;
737-700; 737-900; 737-900ER; 737-500; 737-300; 757-300 and the 767-300ER. APB
estimates that, once Split Scimitar Winglets are installed, APB winglet
technology (Blended and Split Scimitar) will save United more than $250
million per year in jet fuel costs fleet wide.
"Fuel is United's largest, most volatile expense and we are always looking for
opportunities to improve the fuel efficiency of our fleet. The
Next-Generation 737 Split Scimitar Winglet will provide a natural hedge
against rising fuel prices while simultaneously reducing carbon emissions,"
said Ron Baur, United's vice president of fleet. "We are looking forward to
partnering once again with APB to launch this new winglet program."
APB expects Scimitar Winglet Systems installed on a provisioned 737-800 to
save the typical airline more than 45,000 gallons of jet fuel per aircraft per
year resulting in a corresponding reduction of carbon dioxide emissions of 476
tons per aircraft per year. The fuel savings can enable a 737-800 to increase
its payload up to 2,500 pounds or increase its range up to 75 nautical miles.
APB also expects to certify an improvement in low speed performance that will
generate significant take-off benefits from high/hot or obstacle limited
Nearly 5,000 Blended Winglet Systems are now in service with over 200 airlines
in more than 100 countries. APB estimates that Blended Winglets have saved
airlines worldwide more than 3.5 billion gallons of jet fuel to-date.
Aviation Partners Boeing is a Seattle based joint venture of Aviation
Partners, Inc. and The Boeing Company.
SOURCE Aviation Partners, Inc.
Contact: Contact: Patrick LaMoria, +1-206-762-1171
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