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Airlines Winging On Split Scimitar Winglets

Airlines Winging On Split Scimitar Winglets

Though we may not see them all that often, unusual looking aircraft have been around for decades and even recently many strange-looking airliners have been spotted. On the 18th of February 2014, the world’s first fuel-saving Split Scimitar Winglets were fitted onto a United Airlines Boeing 737-800 commercial aircraft.

It is pretty common these days to see commercial aircrafts fitted with regular blended winglets. They greatly improve the aerodynamics of the aircraft and resultantly the fuel consumption is also reduced. However, the latest Split Scimitar Winglets are a notch above these. Unlike the marginal reduction in fuel consumption, these winglets help in reducing the total fuel consumption by as much as 2%, which adds up to a significant amount.

Now United Airline is planning on equipping all its 737, 757 & 767 aircraft with these new winglets. The projection is that the company will save over 65M gallons of fuel on an annual basis. This equals over 645,000 metric tons of CO2 & 200M / year just in jet fuel costs. Apart from United Airline, Southwest Airline has also announced that they have begun using the Split Scimitar Winglets on their 737-800’s. Southwestern Airline have completed fitting these incredible winglets on 52 existing planes and had previously installed them on 33 new airplanes.

The Search Continues

To fit these winglets into the existing blended winglets, requires additional strengthening of spars, adding a huge ventral stake and aerodynamic “scimitar tips”. Now that they have proved to be so effective, many other airliners have placed orders for these winglets. So technological advancements will take place and aircrafts will fly faster and more fuel efficiently. But the search for more innovative fixtures will continue and aviation enthusiasts across the world can expect to be treated to more wondrous looking aircrafts in the near future.

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