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Gol orders 15 APB Split Scimitar Winglet sets for its Boeing 737-800s

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Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) (Seattle) has announced Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes Airlines (Gol Transportes Aereos) (Sao Paulo) has ordered Split Scimitar Winglets for 15 of its Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 aircraft.

According to APB, “APB’s latest 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 aerodynamic scimitar tips and a large ventral strake.”

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APB has now developed and certified the Split Scimitar Winglet System for all commercial variants of the Boeing Next-Generation 737, including the: 737-700, 737-800, 737-900, 737-900ER and Boeing Business Jets.

Copyright Photo: Rodrigo Cozzato/AirlinersGallery.com. Gol is already a customer for the original APB Winglets. The airline will now upgrade to the latest design.

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Aviation Partners Boeing receives FAA certification for its Split Scimitar Winglets

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Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) (Seattle) has announced it has received Supplemental Type Certification (STC) from the FAA for Split Scimitar Winglets to be installed on Boeing 737-800 aircraft. According to the company, “the Split Scimitar Winglet 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 strake.”

APB will develop and certify the Split Scimitar Winglet modification for all of the Boeing 737-700, 800 and 900 series aircraft including Boeing Business Jets.  APB expects to start certification flight testing on the 737-900ER in mid-February achieving certification by late July 2014.

APB’s Split Scimitar Winglet program is the most successful product launch in its history.  Since launching the program early last year, APB has now taken orders and options for 1,461 Split Scimitar Winglet systems. Over the last 10 years, APB has sold more than 7,000 Blended Winglet Systems.  5,300 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 4.1 billion gallons of jet fuel to-date thus eliminating over 43 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

Aviation Partners Boeing is a Seattle based joint venture of Aviation Partners, Inc. and The Boeing Company.

Copyright Photo: PR Newswire. United Airlines‘ Boeing 737-824 N37277 (msn 31595) is the test and certification airplane. United put the first aircraft with Split Scimitar Winglets into revenue service of February 18, 2014 between the Houston (Bush Intercontinental Airport) hub and Los Angeles as flight UA 1273.

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Alaska Airlines orders 111 firm Split Scimitar Winglet Systems for its new Boeing 737s

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Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) today announced the order of 111 firm Split Scimitar Winglet Systems for Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft by Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma). APB’s newest 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 strake.

“We expect Split Scimitar Winglets to be certified and enter revenue service by the end of this year; having Alaska Airlines, our hometown partner, be one of the very first airlines worldwide to feature Split Scimitar Winglets is extremely gratifying and a testament to our long term partnership,” said Patrick LaMoria, Aviation Partners Boeing chief commercial officer.

Alaska Airlines has been a model of success in the airline industry and is known for embracing innovative technology to improve its customers’ experience. Alaska expects the incremental fuel savings from APB’s latest drag reducing technology will add another 58,000 gallons of annual fuel savings per aircraft per year. Once all their Next-Generation 737-800s, 737-900s, and 737-900 ERs are fitted with Split Scimitar Winglets, Alaska estimates that it will save another $20 million in annual fuel costs. These fuel savings will also translate into an environmental benefit by reducing Alaska Airlines CO2 output by more than 68,000 tons per year.

Aviation Partners Boeing’s Split Scimitar Winglet program is the most successful product launch in its history. Since launching the program early this year, APB has now taken orders and options for over 766 Split Scimitar Winglet systems. Over the last 10 years, APB has sold over 7,000 Blended Winglet Systems. 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 nearly 4 billion gallons of jet fuel to-date.

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Aviation Partners Boeing is a Seattle based joint venture of Aviation Partners, Inc. and The Boeing Company.

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Video: A Split Scimitar Winglet is being tested on an United Airlines Boeing 737-800 at Moses Lakes, WA. The 737-800 has been flying since July 2013 with this new enhancement.

United Airlines is the first airline to install and fly Split Scimitar Winglets

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United Airlines (Chicago) Boeing 737-800 aircraft retrofitted with the new Split Scimitar Winglet took its maiden test flight Tuesday (July 16) in Everett, Washington. This advanced winglet improves on the existing blended winglets United currently has on its next generation 737 fleet.

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.

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 in approximately a two percent 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 737-900 ER fleet with the new winglet beginning early next year, once testing and FAA certification of the winglets are complete.

Copyright Photo: United Airlines. Boeing 737-824 N37277 (msn 31595) makes history at Paine Field near Everett.

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Aviation Partners Boeing launches 737-900 ER Split Scimitar Winglets with order from United Airlines

United 737-700 Split Scimitar Winglet (APB)(LR)

Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) (Seattle) has announced it has formally launched the 737-900 ER (Extended Range) Split Scimitar Winglet program with an order from United Airlines (Chicago).  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 improvefuel 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,” said Ron 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.

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United Airlines becomes the first customer of Aviation Partners new Boeing’ new Split Scimitar Winglet

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Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) (Seattle) today announced it has launched its new Split Scimitar Winglet program with an order from United Airlines (Chicago).  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 737-900 ER. 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 737-900 ER Split Scimitar Winglets is expected to follow by March 2014.

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; 737-900 ER; 737-500; 737-300; 757-300 and the 767-300 ER. 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.

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 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 3.5 billion gallons of jet fuel to-date.

Aviation Partners Boeing is a joint venture of Aviation Partners, Inc. and The Boeing Company.

Image: PR NewsFoto/Aviation Partners, Inc. Concept image for Aviation Partners Boeing’s new Split Scimitar Winglet program for retrofit on the Boeing 737-Next Generation Fleet. The program consists of replacing the aluminum winglet tip cap with a new aerodynamically shaped Scimitar(TM) winglet cap and adding a new Scimitar-tipped Ventral Strake to existing Blended Winglets. The revolutionary design was created to further enhance airliner fuel efficiency while reducing carbon emissions. FAA certification is expected in late 2013 for launch customer United Airlines.

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