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Old Oct 19, 06, 8:23 am
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3Q Profit & Winglets on 733s/735s

This is a long one, so link only:

Nice job to the entire CO team on the profit & interesting news about the winglets on older aircraft:

Continental continues to enhance its fuel efficient fleet. Today the company announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire winglets for 37 of its 737-500 and 11 of its long-range 737-300 aircraft, with installation beginning in 2007. The company has already completed the installation of winglets on its entire fleet of 737-700s and -800s and plans to finish the installation of winglets on its entire 757-200 fleet in the fourth quarter of 2006. When these installations are complete, Continental will operate 230 narrowbody aircraft outfitted with winglets. Winglets lower drag and improve aerodynamic efficiency, which can reduce fuel consumption by up to five percent.

By year-end, the company expects to have improved fuel efficiency by nearly 25 percent per available seat mile as compared to 1998, as a result of several factors, including fleet modernization, improved operating procedures and implementation of fuel-saving technology like winglets and GE90 3D Aero blades.
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