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FARNBOROUGH 2010: Allegiant Air orders Blended Winglet for 757-200s

Allegiant Air has ordered six shipsets of Aviation Partners Boeing 757-200 Blended Winglets, with first installations already under way at ATS in Everett, Washington, and Flightstar in Jacksonville, Florida.

“We are very delighted to announce that Allegiant Air has joined our vast list of partners,” remareked Aviation Partners Boeing CEO John Reimers. “This order gives Allegiant Air the opportunity to put our product into service and experience the incredible value that Blended Winglet technology is generating for other airlines worldwide.”

Blended Winglet performance-enhanced 757-200s will be used for Allegiant Air’s planned ETOPS (extended-range twin-engine operations) flights to Hawaii, among other potential routes. APB says that Blended Winglet technology can save the average 757-200 operator approximately 225,000 gallons (851,625 litres) of fuel per aircraft per year. Enhanced takeoff performance from the installation of Blended Winglets will offer Allegiant Air potential for significantly improved passenger payloads on long haul flights. Added range capability, another important plus of Blended Winglet Technology, will also give Allegiant Air improved fuel margins on extended range operations. Further, says APB, Blended Winglet can reduce engine maintenance costs and also offer important eco-friendly attributes including reduced emissions of carbon monoxide and nitrous oxide on the order of 5%.

“We look forward to soon serving the Hawaii market with our newly purchased Boeing 757 aircraft,” Allegiant CEO and chairman Maurice Gallagher Jr commented. “We appreciate the cost-savings that APB and its Blended Winglets product will provide for this new service and look forward to sharing this value with our customers.”

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