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LAN begins Winglet Installation on Boeing 767-300 Fleet

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Thursday, 9 April 2009

LAN has begun the process of incorporating advanced technology devices - winglets - in all of its Boeing 767-300 long range aircraft.

An important part of the companys fleet renovation plan, winglets are placed on the wings of an aircraft facilitating a more efficient use of fuel. The reduction in usage equals approximately 450,000 tons of fuel per year which means about a 5% decrease in CO2 emissions for every aircraft.

The winglets measure over 11 feet in length and are located at the ends of the wings. They are designed using the latest technology available that optimizes the aerodynamics of the aircraft, thereby reducing fuel consumption.

LAN is investing close to US$70 million to incorporate this cutting-edge technology that is already being used by many of the worlds most recognizable airlines on the myriad of aircraft that comprise their respective fleet.

The installation of the winglets on LANs entire fleet of long range Boeing 767-300, 37 passenger and cargo aircraft, is expected to be completed by the end of next year.

We are incorporating the most modern technology available in the industry to create the most efficient operational systems that significantly contribute to the preservation of the environment. This initiative is an important step in the aircraft renovation process that has allowed LAN to operate one of the most modern fleet in the world, said Enrique Elsaca, Senior Vice President, Operations.

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