Aviation Partners Boeing Launches 737-900ER Split Scimitar Winglets with Order
from United Airlines
Innovative Airline Converts Options to Firm Orders for 135 737-900ER Split
Scimitar Winglet Systems
SEATTLE, June 16, 2013
SEATTLE, June 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) today
announced it has formally launched the 737-900ER (Extended Range) 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.
In January 2013, APB launched the Split Scimitar Winglet program for the
provisioned 737-800 with an order from United Airlines. FAA supplemental type
certification for the Boeing 737-800 is targeted for October of this year with
EASA certification planned within the following two months. Certification
flight testing of Split Scimitar Winglets on the 737-900ER will follow closely
behind and is scheduled to begin in November with FAA supplemental type
certification targeted for late February 2014.
APB is targeting 6 additional Boeing Next-Generation 737 configurations for
possible certification; these include: the structurally provisioned (line
number 1545 and on) and non-provisioned (pre-line number 1545) 737-700 and
BBJ1, the non-provisioned (pre-line number 778) 737-800, and the structurally
provisioned (line number 778 and on) 737-900.
"United Airlines continues to lead the way in adapting its fleet to be as fuel
efficient and eco-friendly as possible," said Aviation Partners Boeing
executive vice president and chief commercial officer Patrick LaMoria.
"United's relentless drive to improve fuel efficiency is the perfect
complement to APB's focus on continuous innovation. We are once again very
excited to launch another new program with United."
"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 fuel
consumption and carbon emissions," saidRon Baur, United's vice president of
fleet. "We are pleased to build on our commitment to the Split Scimitar
Winglet as the launch customer for the new 737-900ER winglet program and
appreciate APB's focus in helping United become even more fuel efficient."
APB expects Split Scimitar Winglet Systems installed on a Boeing 737-900ER to
save United Airlines over 57,000 gallons of jet fuel per aircraft per year
resulting in a corresponding reduction of carbon dioxide emissions of over 600
tons per aircraft per year. The fuel savings can enable a 737-900ER to
increase its payload up to 3,300 pounds or increase its range up to 60
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 runways.
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 3.7 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 Boeing
Contact: Contact: Patrick LaMoria, +1-206-762-1171
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