Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) (Seattle) has announced the largest single order in its history, with Southwest Airlines (Dallas) purchasing up to 268 additional sets of Blended Winglets for Boeing Next-Generation 737-700 and 737-800 aircraft, surpassing its original order placed in 2003. This order will ensure that all of Southwest’s future Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft will be equipped with Blended Winglets until Southwest Airlines transitions to the Boeing 737 MAX.
Blended Winglets provide the most reliable form of fuel hedging available in today’s volatile fuel market; the performance lasts for the life of the aircraft and regardless of fuel price — they continue to generate savings. To date, Aviation Partners Boeing estimates that Blended Winglet Technology has saved airlines worldwide more than 3.3 billion gallons of jet fuel.
Nearly 5,000 Blended Winglet Systems are now in service on Boeing 737s, 757s and 767s with more than 200 airlines worldwide.
Aviation Partners Boeing is a joint venture of Aviation Partners, Inc. and The Boeing Company.
Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Boeing 737-8H4 N8302F (msn 36680) taxies to the gate at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA).
China Southern to equip 40 additional Boeing 737-700s and 737-800s with Aviation Partners Blended Winglets
Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) (Seattle) has announced the largest order in its history from a Chinese airline for retrofit Blended Winglets, with China Southern Airlines (Guangzhou) extending their technological advantage by equipping an additional 40 Boeing Next-Generation 737-700 and 737-800 aircraft with Blended Winglets. China Southern is already enjoying the benefits of APB’s Advanced Technology product on 32 aircraft, saving fuel and increasing their takeoff weight capability from difficult airports such as Kunming.
Copyright Photo: Jay Selman. Boeing 737-83N B-5122 (msn 32610) with Blended Winglets completes its final approach into Bangkok.
Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) will begin offering nonstop flights between Honolulu and Brisbane, Australia, three times weekly starting Tuesday, November 27, 2012, becoming the only US carrier to operate service to Brisbane.
Adding Brisbane service will increase Hawaiian’s weekly flights between Honolulu and Australia to 10, with daily services already operating to Australia’s largest city, Sydney.
Centrally located on Australia’s east coast, Brisbane is the capital city of the State of Queensland, home of the world-famous Great Barrier Reef, world heritage listed rainforests, iconic outback locations and the renowned leisure regions of the Gold and Sunshine Coasts.
Hawaiian Airlines flight HA 443, will depart Honolulu at 10:20 a.m. (1020) every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, cross the international dateline and land in Brisbane at 4:00 p.m. (1600) the following day, in time for onward connections to destinations throughout Australia. Journey time is approximately nine hours.
The return service, flight HA 444, will depart Brisbane at 6:35 p.m. (1835) every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, cross the international dateline and arrive in Honolulu at 8:05 a.m. (0805) the same day, providing not only an early arrival into Honolulu, but the ability for passengers to connect with onward Hawaiian Airlines flights to Maui, Kaua’i and Hawai’i Island.
Hawaiian’s Brisbane flights will be operated with Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft, seating 262 passengers in a two-class cabin – 18 in Business Class and 244 in Economy Class.
Copyright Photo: Ivan K. Nishimura/Blue Wave Group.
China Southern Airlines Boeing 737-81B B-5113 (msn 34250) (Michael B. Ing), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
China Southern Airlines (Guangzhou) has ordered Aviation Partners Boeing Blended Winglets for its future Boeing Next Generation 737 deliveries. The order will provide for winglet installations on 55 aircraft delivering between 2011 and 2015. This is APB’s largest winglet order to-date in China.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. A nice departure view of China Southern’s Boeing 737-81B B-5113.
Thomas Cook Airlines (Thomas Cook.com) (Manchester) has added Aviation Partners Boeing Blended Winglets to its Boeing 767-31K ER G-TCCA (msn 27205).
Finnair Technical Services (Helsinki) has completed the installation of Aviation Partners Boeing Blended Winglets to the first Condor Flugdienst (Frankfurt) Boeing 757-300. 757-330 D-ABOE (msn 29012) is pictured being towed today (November 22) to engine run-up area at Helsinki.
The scheduled departure will be tomorrow afternoon. Finnair Technical Services will install the winglets on all 13 Condor Boeing 757-330s. A second aircraft arrived at HEL on Friday evening (November 20) and a third will arrive tomorrow (November 23).
Vision Airlines (North Las Vegas) has added Aviation Partners Blended Winglets to its first Boeing 737-800. Ex-Sterling 737-8Q8 N781VA (msn 28214, ex OY-SEB) was leased on March 25, 2009. It is now based at Miami for the Cuban charter program.
Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) is facing a deepening labor dispute with itsALPA-represented pilots. The union has declared an impasse in the on-going negotiations.
Continental Airlines (Houston) has selected AAR (Indianapolis) to install Aviation Partners Boeing Blended Winglets on 16 Boeing 757-300s.
Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) following American Airlines, will put its first Boeing 767-332 ER (N1610D, msn 30594) with Aviation Partners Boeing Blended Winglets into revenue service in the near future.