Southwest Airlines is upgrading its fleet of Boeing
Next-Generation 737-800 aircraft with Split Scimitar Winglets from Aviation Partners Boeing
(APB), the airline said Thursday, Jan. 2.
Aviation Partners Boeing split scimitar winglet. Photo, courtesy of Aviation Partners Boeing.
APB developed the winglet using its existing blended winglet structure with new strengthened spars, aerodynamic scimitar tips and a large ventral strake. FAA
certification of the new winglets is expected later this month.
"Southwest Airlines is continuously searching for opportunities to reduce fuel consumption and to supplement our environmental stewardship," said Mike Van de Ven, Southwest Airlines executive vice president and chief operating officer.
"Aviation Partners Boeing has proven to offer superior technology that performs as promised and we are excited to introduce Split Scimitar Winglets on our 737-800 aircraft in 2014," said Van de Ven.
The airline ordered 85 winglets to retrofit a fleet of 52 Boeing 737-800s. Pending FAA
certification the fleet should be retrofitted by early 2015.