Aviation Partners and its joint venture company with Boeing (Chalet 5, BBJ in static), Aviation Partners Boeing, announced yesterday that their blended winglets has saved the world’s commercial and business jet operators an estimated six billion gallons of jet fuel, representing a global reduction in CO2 emissions of over 64 million tons. This is equivalent to the fuel used by approximately 12 million passenger cars being driven for a year.
Aviation Partners blended winglets are now flying on more than 7,000 aircraft–approximately 1,000 business jets and 6,000 airliners–across more than 20 type designs. On the business jet side, the company’s winglets are certified and in-service on the Dassault Falcon 2000, 900 and 50 series; Hawker 800 series; Gulfstream II; and Boeing BBJs. Airliners with the drag-reducing devices include the Boeing 737-300, -500, -700, -800 and -900, as well as 757-200 and -300, and 767-300ER/F.
The winglets reduce the drag caused by wingtip vortices, increasing fuel efficiency and boosting range. Aviation Partners expects that the amount of fuel saved by its winglets will grow to more than 10 billion gallons by the end of 2019.