Posted on: 28 August 2015 by Mark Howells
GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes Airlines (GOL) has ordered Split Scimitar Winglets from Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) for 15 of its Next-Generation 737-800 aircraft.
“The Split Scimitar is aligned with GOL's way of thinking about business: focusing on maximum efficiency of its equipment through sustainable solutions. With the expansion of international routes to South America and the Caribbean, GOL has the opportunity to get the best benefit from this solution developed by APB, mainly on fuel savings for longer flights,” stated Andre Cruz, GOL’s head of fleet. “In addition, the aircraft that are receiving the Split Scimitar Winglets are being positioned to support the transition to the Boeing 737-MAX starting in 2018.”
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. APB has now developed and certified the Split Scimitar Winglet System for all commercial variants of the Boeing Next-Generation 737, including 737-700s, 737-800s, 737-900s, 737-900ERs and Boeing Business Jets.
“GOL has always been a valued customer of APB and has operated with Blended Winglets on its Boeing Next-Generation 737 airplanes for over a decade,” remarked Christopher Stafford, director of sales and marketing from APB. “GOL will now be able to take advantage of a significant reduction in fuel requirements as well as an enhanced payload and range capability with the Split Scimitar Winglets System. This improved airplane capability will open new routes and opportunities for GOL.”
Since launching the Split Scimitar Winglet programme in early 2013, APB has taken orders and options for 1,919 systems.