With several installations already lined up for early 2017, Aviation Partners Inc. (API) is seeing a spurt in demand for its Split Scimitar Winglet (SSW) and Blended Winglet offerings for Boeing Business Jets and other business aircraft. “The last few months have seen a marked increase in inquiries, and commitments, for our various business jet winglet products,” said Gary Dunn, API v-p of sales and marketing.
The SSW is installed on eight BBJs, with a number of other retrofits planned for upcoming months, said API (Booth 660). The installations are in addition to the more than 700 next-generation Boeing 737 airliners that have the winglet installed. The winglet is standard equipment on new Boeing 737NG-based BBJs, as well as U.S. FAA and European Aviation Safety Agency approved for retrofit on all in-service BBJs, BBJ2s and BBJ3s.
The SSW provides more than a two percent range increase over the existing Blended Winglet, giving a seven-auxiliary tank BBJ the range of an aircraft with eight auxiliary tanks, the company said. A number of MROs already have installed the SSW retrofit, including Aloft AeroArchitects, Associated Air Center, BizJet International, Lufthansa Technik and Sabena Technics.
The company’s Blended Winglet, meanwhile, remains its most successful business jet program. Blended Winglets are install on more than 450 Falcons, including nearly half of all Dassault Falcon 2000 series and almost 30 percent of all in-service Falcon 900 series airplanes. The Blended Winglets boost range of the Falcon family by up to 7 percent, as well as improving time-to-climb.
API’s High Mach Blended Winglets, which were developed in conjunction with Dassault, are standard equipment on new Falcon 900LX and 2000LX/S models. The winglets are also available for the Hawker 800 and 800XP aircraft
Aviation Partners winglets are now flying on more than 7,000 aircraft, including 1,000 business jets and 6,000 airliners. With the recent boost in business, Dunn noted, “early planning is key for anyone seeing an installation in the first half of 2017.”