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Monday, October 28, 2013

Alaska Airlines to Retrofit 737s with Split Winglet

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Alaska Airlines expects to save 58,000 gallons of fuel a year per aircraft by retrofitting its fleet of Boeing Next Generation 737s with a new split scimitar winglet. 
[Aviation Partners Boeing split scimitar winglet. Photo, courtesy of Aviation Partners Boeing.]
The winglet, designed by Aviation Partners Boeing, will be installed on 111 Alaska Airlines 737s, including most of the carrier's 737-800s and 737-900s. Winglets reduce drag and allow the aircraft to fly at a cruise speed using less engine power. Additionally, Alaska expects the new winglets to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 57,000 tons and save $20 million in operating cots. 
"Reducing fuel consumption has been a top priority at Alaska Airlines for years," said Mark Eliasen, Alaska Airlines' vice president of finance. "Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our employees, we've cut our carbon emissions by 30 percent per passenger mile since 2004. Investing in split winglets will further reduce our fuel use and continue our efforts to be the industry leader in environmental stewardship."

According to APB, the split scimitar winglets will enter into service by the end of the year, with Alaska Airlines planning to add its first winglet by next summer. 


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