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More winglets

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on May 3, 2007 at 6:36 am with No Comments »
May 3, 2007 6:36 am

Chile’s LAN Airlines joined the parade to add blended winglets to its Boeing 767 fleet today.

Seattle-based Aviation Partners Boeing announced that Santiago’s LAN had ordered eight blended winglet systems for its 767-300F freighters and seven winglet systems for its 767-300ER passenger jets.

LAN joins American Airlines in becoming a launch customer for the 11-foot high vertical additions to its 767 wingtips.

The blended winglets are designed to cut fuel consumption five percent, increase range by about 415 miles, improve takeoff performance and bolster payload by some 12,000 pounds.

LAN will install the winglets at its maintenance base in Santiago.

LAN is a strong customer of the 767 having been one of the latest airlines to order the airplane though it will soon be replaced by Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner in the mid-sized, twin-aisle aircraft category.

Blended winglets have become almost a standard option on Boeing 737s leaving Boeing’s Renton assembly line because of their fuel-saving ability. In addition many airlines such as Southwest and Alaska are adding winglets to their existing fleet of 737s. Aviation Partners also offers winglets as a retrofit to existing Boeing 757s.

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