United Airlines is First to Install Split Scimitar Winglets
New winglets to improve fuel efficiency by approximately two percent for
airline's next generation Boeing 737 fleet
High-res photos available on unitedcontinentalholdings.com
CHICAGO, July 17, 2013
CHICAGO, July 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --A United Airlines Boeing 737-800
aircraft retrofitted with the new Split Scimitar Winglet took its maiden test
flight Tuesday in Everett, Wash. This advanced winglet improves on the
existing blended winglets United currently has on its next generation 737
In January, United served as the launch customer for this innovative winglet
when it made a firm commitment with Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) to retrofit
its 737-800 fleet. In June, United announced its commitment to also retrofit
its 737-900ER fleet. Using a newly patented design, the program consists of
retrofitting United's Boeing Next Generation 737 Blended Winglets by replacing
the aluminum winglet tip cap with a new aerodynamically shaped "Scimitar"™
winglet tip cap and by adding a new Scimitar-tipped ventral strake.
"We are always looking for opportunities to reduce fuel expense by improving
the 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 United's Vice President of Fleet Ron Baur.
"We appreciate APB's focus in helping United become even more fuel efficient."
This new winglet design demonstrates significant aircraft drag reduction over
the basic blended winglet configuration United uses on its current fleet.
United expects the new Split Scimitar winglet to result inapproximately a
twopercent fuel savings for the 737. Once the Split Scimitar Winglets are
installed, the combined winglet technology installed on United's 737, 757, and
767 fleet is expected to save the airline more than $200 million per year in
jet fuel costs.
United will begin retrofitting its 737-800 and 737-900ER fleet with the new
winglet beginning early next year, once testing and FAA certification of the
winglets are complete.
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United Airlines and United Express operate an average of 5,446 flights a day
to more than 370 airports across six continents. In 2012, United and United
Express carried more passenger traffic than any other airline in the world and
operated nearly two million flights carrying 140 million customers. United is
investing in upgrading its onboard products and now offers more flat-bed seats
in its premium cabins and more extra-legroom economy-class seating than any
airline in North America. In 2013, United became the first U.S.-based
international carrier to offer satellite-based Wi-Fi on long-haul overseas
routes. The airline also features DIRECTV® on 200 aircraft, offering customers
more live television access than any other airline in the world. United
operates nearly 700 mainline aircraft and has made large-scale investments in
its fleet. In 2013, United will continue to modernize its fleet by taking
delivery of more than two dozen new Boeing aircraft. The company expanded its
industry-leading global route network in 2012, launching nine new
international and 18 new domestic routes. Business Traveler magazine awarded
United Best Airline for North American Travel for 2012, and readers of Global
Traveler magazine have voted United's MileagePlus program the best frequent
flyer program for nine consecutive years. According to the 4th annual
Switchfly Reward Seat Availability Survey published by IdeaWorksCompany in May
2013, United has the most saver-style award-seat availability among the
largest U.S. global airlines. United is a founding member of Star Alliance,
which provides service to 194 countries via 27 member airlines. More than
85,000 United employees reside in every U.S. state and in countries around the
world. For more information, visit united.com or follow United on Twitter and
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