Tue, Sep 11, 2007
Carrier Orders 15 Add'l Pairs For 767-300ERs
Aviation Partners Boeing announced
Monday the company secured an order for 15 additional winglet
systems for installation on Delta Air Lines' fleet of Boeing
767-300ER aircraft. With the expanded order, Delta now plans to
install Blended Winglets on 30 767-300 aircraft by early 2010.
Delta also has options to retrofit the remainder of its entire
767-300ER fleet with winglets.
"We're immensely pleased that most of our early delivery
positions are now committed," said Aviation Partners Boeing CEO
John Reimers. "As a result of this order Delta will have one of the
lowest cost operations in the highly competitive trans-Atlantic and
South American markets."
Aviation Partners tells ANN its Blended Winglets provide the
767-300ER with the capability to operate on routes that previously
could only be served by larger aircraft. With 350 nautical miles of
added range and a payload improvement of up to 90 passengers on
routes of 6,300 nautical miles, the aircraft gains significant
flexibility for long-range point-to-point service. Substantial
takeoff weight capability improvements add to that flexibility.
Delta's order positions the airline to install winglets on 20
767-300ER aircraft by March 2009, with 30 installations completed
by early 2010.
"Blended Winglets are a creative technical solution for cost
savings and revenue enhancements simultaneously," says Reimers.
"APB is especially proud that our technology visibly shows that
profitability and environmental responsibility can coexist in a
Aviation Partners Boeing now has orders for more than 100
767-300ER Blended Winglet systems, which are scheduled for
certification in November 2008. Providing block fuel savings of up
to 6%, added range, and improved takeoff performance and payload
measured in tons, the Winglets provide operators with previously
unavailable market opportunities. Environmental benefits including
significantly lower carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide emissions and
reduced takeoff noise create an equally obvious solution for
airlines seeking to make environmentally responsible choices.
Today over 1900 Boeing aircraft have been equipped with Blended
Winglets, and are in service with over 100 airlines in more than 40
countries. By 2010, with over 4500 aircraft upgraded, APB
anticipates that Blended Winglet Technology will have saved
commercial airlines over two billion gallons of fuel.
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