Posted on: 02 January 2014 by Mark Howells
Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) has announced that Southwest Airlines has ordered Split Scimitar Winglets for its Boeing 737-800s aircraft.
The Split Scimitar Winglets programme is the culmination of a five-year design effort using the latest computational fluid dynamic technology to redefine the aerodynamics of the Blended Winglet. APB says the unique feature of the new winglet is that it uses the existing Blended Winglet structure, but adds new strengthened spars, aerodynamic scimitar tips, and a large ventral strake. APB expects to receive FAA certification for Split Scimitar Winglets later in January.
"Having Southwest Airlines commit to our new Split Scimitar Winglet programme is an incredible endorsement of both Aviation Partners Boeing and our products," remarked Patrick LaMoria, Aviation Partners Boeing executive vice-president and chief commercial officer. "With over 10 years experience operating Blended Winglets on their entire Boeing Next-Generation 737 fleet, the upgrade to Split Scimitar Winglets was a natural next step for Southwest Airlines."
Pending FAA certification, Southwest Airlines plans to begin Split Scimitar Winglet retrofits at Aviation Technical Services, based in Everett, WA, in the first half of 2014, with an expected completion of all retrofits by early 2015.
"Southwest Airlines is continuously searching for opportunities to reduce fuel consumption and to supplement our environmental stewardship," commented 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."
Photo shows the Split Scimitar Winglet as it will feature on the Boeing 737 MAX family.