Aviation Partners Boeing Signs 737-800 Split Scimitar Winglets Order with TUI
SEATTLE, July 29, 2013
SEATTLE, July 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Aviation Partners Boeing (APB)
announced it has formally received an order from TUI Travel PLC ("TUI Travel")
for 737-800 Split Scimitar Winglets. This program is the culmination of a five
year design effort using the latest computational fluid dynamic technology to
redefine the aerodynamics of the Blended Winglet into an all new Split
Scimitar Winglet. The unique feature of the Split Scimitar Winglet is that it
uses the existing Blended Winglet structure, but adds new strengthened spars,
aerodynamic scimitar tips, and a large ventral fin. This advanced technology
winglet is the ultimate winglet in terms of performance, without increasing
the existing wing span.
Earlier this year, APB launched the Split Scimitar Winglet program for the
provisioned wing 737-800 (line number 778 and on) and 737-900ER with an order
from United Airlines. FAA supplemental type certification for the Boeing
737-800 is targeted for October 2013 and EASA certification planned for
December 2013. Certification flight testing of Split Scimitar Winglets is
''TUI Travel is continually seeking ways to improve the efficiency of its
aircraft and the Split Scimitar Winglets easily achieves this through the
reduction in fuel burn and emissions,'' said Jane Ashton, Group Director of
Sustainable Development at TUI Travel PLC. "We have adopted APB's products on
all applicable aircraft types operated by our airlines and are happy with the
results, hence when the opportunity presented itself to be European launch
customer for the Split Scimitar Winglet we saw it as a natural step in
continuing our efforts to become even more fuel and carbon efficient."
"TUI Travel is committed to being a leader in sustainability. As the first to
commercially fly Blended Winglets on its Boeing Next Generation 737 fleet,
this order confirms their firm commitment to saving fuel and lowering
greenhouse gases," said Aviation Partners Boeing director of sales and
marketing Troy Brekken. "We are very excited to partner with TUI Travel for
the Split Scimitar Winglet program."
APB estimates Split Scimitar Winglet Systems installed on a Boeing 737-800
will save TUI Travel up to 200 metric tons (65,000 gallons) of jet fuel per
aircraft, per year resulting in a corresponding carbon dioxide emissions
reduction up to 630 metric tons per aircraft, per year. The fuel savings can
enable a 737-800 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 take-off benefits at high/hot or
obstacle limited runways.
APB will also certify 6 additional Boeing Next-Generation 737 configurations.
These include: structurally provisioned (line number 1545 and on) and
non-provisioned (pre-line number 1545) 737-700 and BBJ1, non-provisioned
(pre-line number 778) 737-800, and structurally provisioned (line number 778
and on) 737-900.
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 3.8 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: Patrick LaMoria or Troy Brekken, both of Aviation Partners Boeing,
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