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Winglet Designers Save Aviation Industry 10 Billion Gallons of Fuel

Winglet Designers Save Aviation Industry 10 Billion Gallons of Fuel
Jeff Edwards

Aviation Partners Inc. is celebrating an impressive accomplishment; the company’s Blended Winglet and Split Scimitar Winglets are said to have saved the airline industry 10 billion gallons of jet fuel since their introduction. Beyond helping to make historically low airfares possible, there might be another reason for the flying public to celebrate as well – the technology has also reduced carbon dioxide emissions by a whopping 105 million tons.

The familiar Split Scimitar Winglet visible from the window seat does way more than just look really cool. The Seattle-based firm responsible for the technology, Aviation Partners Inc. (API), wants you to know that the stylish wingtips are also helping to make the world a better place. According to the company, Winglets have saved the global airline industry more than 10 billion gallons of jet fuel and a corresponding reduction of CO2 emissions by more than 105 million tons.

“According to U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics for 2018, 10 billion gallons of jet fuel would operate API’s “Hometown Partner” – Alaska Airlines’ entire fleet of aircraft for nearly 14 years,” the company announced in a statement lauding their accomplishment. “Or, provide fuel for the roughly 450,000 cars in the city of Seattle for 34 years.”

The Blended Winglet and Split Scimitar Winglets are perhaps best known as a familiar feature on newer Boeing 737 aircraft, but the technology is also featured on a number of business jets as well as many Boeing 757 and Boeing 767 aircraft. United Airlines recently cited the Split Scimitar Winglets as a key part of its Eco-Skies environmental initiative.

The braintrust behind the Blended Winglet and Split Scimitar Winglet aren’t done trying to save fuel, money and the environment. API founder and CEO Joe Clark said his next endeavor, much like the nifty-looking Winglet technology, could offer savings so dramatic that aviation customers could see near-immediate payback on the investment.

“Although we continue to be very proud of our position as the leader in fuel and emission saving Winglet technology, our tenacity for developing new technology for commercial aerospace is greater than ever,” Clark said in a statement marking the occasion. “We are extremely excited about our recent progress with APiJET, which is focused on providing real-time aircraft data driven analytics, proving to our customers once again that we never stop looking for ways to boost airline operational efficiency. Basically, we can now provide ‘Digital Winglets’ for the commercial airliner and we are very excited about it.”

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  1. mrespbill137

    October 11, 2019 at 5:46 am

    The advantage of winglet technology is nearly as old as the Wright Bros. Burt Rutan utililized it long before it started showing up on airliners.

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