In conjunction with its ongoing effort to reduce fuel costs, Hawaiian Airlines has
signed an agreement with Aviation Partners Boeing to purchase Blended Winglets for installation on eight Boeing 767-300ER jets, and options to purchase seven additional pairs of Blended Winglets.
The winglets, which stand 11-feet tall and extend upward from the end of each wing, will reduce the drag caused by the traditional wingtip design
and are expected to save Hawaiian up to 5% in fuel consumption, resulting in a savings of more than 300,000 gallons of jet fuel annually
Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian’s president and CEO,
said that Hawaiian is one of the industry’s first Boeing 767 operators to purchase and install the
winglets, which are expected to receive FAA certification later this year.
“Being among the first airlines to install fuel-saving winglets on the Boeing 767-300ER aircraft is
another important step in Hawaiian’s strategy to be an industry leader in introducing innovations that keep costs down and help the environment,” said Dunkerley. “This technology investment
keeps us at the forefront of the industry at a critical time.”
Installation of the winglets on the eight aircraft is scheduled to begin in September 2009 and be
completed in 2010.
In addition to fuel savings, other benefits of the winglets include increasing the weight that the
aircraft can carry and/or range of the aircraft, reducing engine maintenance costs, improving take-off capabilities, and reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
Aviation Partners Boeing, a joint venture of Aviation Partners Inc. and
Boeing, estimates that the installation of Blended Winglets
on an aircraft saving 300,000 gallons of jet fuel can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 3,000 tons annually.
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