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Wednesday, July 17, 2013
United Airlines maiden test flight with Split Scimitar Winglet
United AirlinesBoeing 737-800 aircraft retrofitted with the new
Split Scimitar Winglet took its maiden test flight Tuesday in
Everett, Wash. This advanced winglet improves on the existing blended
winglets United currently has on its next generation 737 fleet.
January, United served as the launch customer for this innovative
winglet when it made a firm commitment with Aviation Partners Boeing
to retrofit its 737-800 fleet. In June, United announced its
commitment to also retrofit its 737-900ER fleet. Using a newly
patented design, the program consists of retrofitting United's Boeing
Next Generation 737 Blended Winglets by replacing the aluminum
winglet tip cap with a new aerodynamically shaped "Scimitar”
winglet tip cap and by adding a new Scimitar-tipped ventral
expects the new Split Scimitar winglet to result in approximately a
two percent fuel savings for the 737. Once the Split Scimitar
Winglets are installed, the combined winglet technology installed on
United's 737, 757, and 767 fleet is expected to save the airline more
than $200 million per year in fuel costs. United
will begin retrofitting its 737-800 and 737-900ER fleet with the new
winglet beginning early next year, once testing and FAA certification
of the winglets are complete.