Aviation Partners, Inc. (API) and Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) have reported that their unique Blended Winglet and Split Scimitar Winglet technologies have now saved the world´s commercial and business jet operators an estimated 7 billion gallons of jet fuel, resulting in a corresponding global reduction of 74 million tons of CO2 emissions, the companies said.
Blended Winglets are additions to the airplane wing that are significantly more efficient than standard wing tips. These winglets reduce the drag caused by wingtip vortices, thereby increasing fuel efficiency and boosting range. The Blended Winglets have demonstrated more than 60% greater effectiveness over conventional winglets with an angular transition.
Aviation Partners´ latest winglet design, the Split Scimitar Winglet, uses existing Blended Winglet technology, but adds new aerodynamic Scimitar tips and a large ventral strake, further increasing the efficiency of the airplane.
Blended Winglets have now been installed on over 8,000 aircraft, and Split Scimitar Winglets are now installed on nearly 900 aircraft.
APB and API expect the cumulative fuel savings from their technology to exceed 10 billion gallons by 2019.
Seattle, Washington based Aviation Partners is a leader in advanced winglet technology. Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) is a joint venture between Aviation Partners and The Boeing Company.