Aviation Partners Boeing has announced the order of up to 100 Split Scimitar Winglet Systems for Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft by Copa Holdings.
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 strake.
This advanced technology winglet is the ultimate winglet in terms of performance, without increasing existing wing span.
“Since Copa Airlines was the first airline in the Americas to fly 737-700’s with Blended Winglets, it is no surprise that the airline is once again out front in adopting our new fuel-savings technology,” said Darren Waltier, Aviation Partners Boeing director of sales and contracts.
Copa Airlines now serves 65 destinations in 29 countries in North, Central, South America and the Caribbean.
Once all their Next-Generation 737s are fitted with Split Scimitar Winglets, Copa expects to save over $21 million in annual fuel costs while reducing its CO2 output by more than 63,000 tons per year.
Since launching the program early this year, APB has now taken orders and options for over 550 Split Scimitar Winglet systems.
Over the last ten 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 more than 3.9 billion gallons of jet fuel to-date.