Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) has announced that Hainan Airlines has committed to install Split Scimitar Winglets on 36 of its fleet of Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 aircraft, the company said.
Hainan was the first airline in China to operate with APB´s Blended Winglet technology, and now will be the first airline in China to operate with APB´s latest product, Split Scimitar Winglets.
Hainan´s aircraft will be modified during routine maintenance visits at Hainan Airlines´ maintenance facility, HNA Technology, in Haikou. Installation tasks can be performed concurrently with most maintenance activities, allowing for a very efficient shop visit.
Once installed, the Split Scimitar Winglets can reduce block fuel consumption by up to an additional 2.2%, resulting in fuel savings of about 140,000 liters per year per aircraft, and carbon dioxide emissions reduced by more than 350 tonnes. Once all 36 aircraft are modified, Hainan Airlines will save almost 5 million liters of fuel and 12,700 tonnes of emissions per year.
Founded in January 1993, Hainan Airlines Holding Co., Ltd has become one of the ten safest airlines worldwide, and one of the seven airlines in the world to be rated Five Stars by Skytrax.