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User currently offlineAAR90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3474 posts, RR: 46
Posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 15691 times:

For all those who are interested: American Airlines and Aviation Partners Boeing Announce First Revenue Flight of a Boeing 767-300ER Featuring Blended Winglets

American Airlines and Aviation Partners Boeing Announce First Revenue Flight of a Boeing 767-300ER Featuring Blended Winglets
PRNewswire
FORT WORTH, Texas
(NYSE:AMR)

Annual Fuel Savings of up to 500,000 Gallons Per Aircraft

FORT WORTH, Texas, March 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- American Airlines and Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) announced today the first revenue flight of a Boeing 767-300ER with APB's Blended Winglets™. American Flight #78 left Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Sunday, March 8, at 8:35 p.m. with 204 passengers onboard and arrived ahead of schedule at London Heathrow Airport on Monday, March 9, at 10:26 a.m.

"We are pleased that APB chose to partner with American to develop and install these Blended Winglets, and we are especially happy that we also operated the first flight with customers onboard a winglet-equipped 767-300ER," said Bob Reding, American's Executive Vice President - Operations. "The fuel savings and emissions reductions that we will achieve are one more step in our efforts to both moderate costs and shrink the impact we have on our environment - two goals that go hand-in-hand."

The increased lift provided by the winglets, without a corresponding increase of engine power, improves fuel efficiency. Each airplane equipped with the winglets is expected to save up to 500,000 gallons of fuel annually depending on miles flown, according to APB. American plans to install winglets on its entire 58 aircraft fleet of 767-300ERs, which could result in a total savings of up to 29 million gallons of fuel per year. That represents a significant potential increase to the 111 million gallons of fuel that American currently saves through its Fuel Smart efficiency program.

In addition to the fuel cost savings, this 767-300ER fuel efficiency improvement will result in a reduction of up to 277,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions annually, according to APB. The 11-foot high winglets could also extend the range of an aircraft by as much as 360 nautical miles and improve take-off performance, providing as much as 12,000 pounds of additional payload.

"The 767-300ER Blended Winglets have been the most complicated product development program in the history of Aviation Partners Boeing. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to our launch partner, American Airlines, and our other pre-certification customers for their continued faith in APB and Blended Winglet technology and their patience and support through a challenging certification process. These winglets represent the largest piece of structure ever retrofitted to a commercial aircraft wing and will dramatically change forever both the appearance and performance of the 767-300ER," said John Reimers, Aviation Partners Boeing President and CEO.

The winglet installation work was accomplished by American's Maintenance & Engineering organization at its maintenance base in Kansas City, Mo. American expects to modify all of its 767-300ER aircraft by 2011. American has already completed Blended Winglet installation on its fleets of 124 Boeing 757s and 77 Boeing 737s.

American's in-house maintenance organization accomplishes more than 90 percent of American's maintenance. American Maintenance Services will also install the B-767 as well as B-757 and B-737 Blended Winglets on other Aviation Partners Boeing customers' aircraft at its existing base maintenance facilities in Tulsa, Okla.; Kansas City; or Fort Worth, Texas.

"Our mechanics and engineers are highly experienced, and we have outstanding facilities and the resources necessary to excel at this kind of complex structural installation," said Carmine Romano, Senior Vice President - Maintenance & Engineering, for American. "The efficiency that allows us to do this kind of work in house also allows us to provide the same service to our customers, and they simply can't get that anywhere else."

APB began the flight test certification program in February 2008 with a leased American Airlines 767-300ER. The two companies jointly began the winglet development program early in 2007.

About APB

Aviation Partners Boeing is a joint venture of Aviation Partners, Inc. and The Boeing Company. Based in Seattle, APB has now certified its patented Blended Winglet technology, in chronological order, for the Boeing Business Jet, 737-800, 737-700, 737-300, 757-200, 737-900, 737-500, and 767-300ER.. APB is also currently in the process of certifying Blended Winglets for the 757-300. Today, over 2,800800 Boeing aircraft have been equipped with Blended Winglets. By 2010, APB expects that Blended Winglets will have saved the world's airlines over 2 billion gallons of fuel.

About American Airlines Maintenance Services

American Airlines Maintenance Services offers a full line of airframe, engine and component, and line maintenance services customizing those services to meet the specific needs of the client. AAMS has more than 60 customers - 80 percent of which are repeat business - located in North and South America. Services are provided by American's overhaul bases in Tulsa, Okla.; Fort Worth, Texas; Kansas City, Mo., and at line maintenance locations in the United States, Latin America and Europe.

About American Airlines

American Airlines, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection® airlines serve 250 cities in 40 countries with, on average, more than 3,400 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 900 aircraft. American's award-winning Web site, AA.com®, provides users with easy access to check and book fares, plus personalized news, information and travel offers. American Airlines is a founding member of the oneworld® Alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business, enabling them to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. Together, its members serve nearly 700 destinations in over 140 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. AmericanAirlines, American Eagle, AmericanConnection, AA.com, We know why you fly and AAdvantage are registered trademarks of American Airlines, Inc.

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User currently offlineERJ170 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 6771 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 15689 times:



Quoting AAR90 (Thread starter):
line maintenance locations in the United States

Where are the line maintenance locations?



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User currently offlineSCL767 From Chile, joined Feb 2006, 8815 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 15641 times:
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Quoting ERJ170 (Reply 1):
Where are the line maintenance locations?

I would assume at DFW, MIA, JFK, SFO, and ORD.


User currently offlineDeltaL1011man From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 9400 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 15613 times:



Quoting ERJ170 (Reply 1):

but they also have hangars in DFW,MIA,LAX,JFK and i think ORD.



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User currently offlineAAR90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3474 posts, RR: 46
Reply 4, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 15593 times:



Quoting ERJ170 (Reply 1):
Where are the line maintenance locations?

Far too many to list here and they can be limited to specific aircraft as well. In fact, our MEL only lists "Major Maintenance Airports" by acft type and one needs to find a General Procedures Manual (not something a line pilot has access to) in order to find the non-Major Maintenance Airports. FWIW: AA 767 Major Maintenance Airports are: DFW, JFK, LAX, LGW, MIA, ORD, SFO. LGW might have changed since that is the list as of April'05.



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User currently offlineLMP737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 15360 times:

AA has smaller stations called class II stations where they have maintenance as well. However they don't do things like B checks or scheduled engine changes. The list includes ATL, AUS, BOS, DCA, DTW, DEN, EWR, LAS, MCO, MSP, PHL, PHX, RDU, SAN, SAT, SEA, SJC, SJU, STL and TPA.

User currently offlineLMP737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 15338 times:

Since the edit function is not being cooperative let me take STL off that list. It's considered a class I.

User currently offlineAAR90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3474 posts, RR: 46
Reply 7, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 15278 times:



Quoting LMP737 (Reply 6):
Since the edit function is not being cooperative let me take STL off that list. It's considered a class I.

You maintenance types would know those things. I just break 'em. Someone else gets to fix 'em.  relieved 



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User currently offlineFlyboy7974 From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 1540 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 15231 times:

I want to see a picture, any of those yet...........

User currently offlineBoeing767mech From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1027 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 14947 times:



Quoting DeltaL1011man (Reply 3):
but they also have hangars in DFW,MIA,LAX,JFK and i think ORD

We also have a hangar here in Boston and we do 767 line and ETOPS checks, at one time we worked on every aircraft type we flew.

David



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User currently offlineAAR90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3474 posts, RR: 46
Reply 10, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 14550 times:

Relax David. We 738s will be back to BOS................ eventually.  box 


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User currently offlineSebjacques92 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2007, 138 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 14535 times:



Quoting Flyboy7974 (Reply 8):
I want to see a picture, any of those yet...........

Was spotted in LHR yesterday morning:
http://www.heathrowcam.net/indexnew.php?page=18&view=1&photo=46370&mode=1

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User currently offlineBeertrucker From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 403 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 14046 times:

wasnt one of DL's suposed to be in getting these put on soon?


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User currently offlineSpeedmarque From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 684 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 13928 times:

The 767 winglets are manufactured on the Isle Of Wight in England.

User currently offlineFlyLKU From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 808 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 12758 times:



Quoting AAR90 (Thread starter):
American plans to install winglets on its entire 58 aircraft fleet of 767-300ERs, which could result in a total savings of up to 29 million gallons of fuel per year.

Does this investment in the 767-300 mean that it will become for American what the venerable DC-9 is for Norwest/Delta: a timeless workhorse?

It sounds like we will see it fly the line for years to come.

How about United?



...are we there yet?
User currently offlineAA777223 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1246 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 11736 times:



Quoting FlyLKU (Reply 15):
Does this investment in the 767-300 mean that it will become for American what the venerable DC-9 is for Norwest/Delta: a timeless workhorse?

I think it is DL that is the undisputed champion of the 767 cause...



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User currently offlineAirPortugal310 From Tokelau, joined Apr 2004, 3635 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 11645 times:



Quoting AAR90 (Reply 11):
Relax David. We 738s will be back to BOS................ eventually.

I remember seeing them all the time from the Cape ramp...and then poof....no more



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User currently offlineDfwRevolution From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 977 posts, RR: 51
Reply 17, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 11645 times:



Quoting FlyLKU (Reply 15):

Does this investment in the 767-300 mean that it will become for American what the venerable DC-9 is for Norwest/Delta: a timeless workhorse?

It sounds like we will see it fly the line for years to come.

I would still expect retirement by the early 2020s. The 767-300ERs were mostly delivered in the 90s and the average fleet age is 15 years. Retirement in 2020 would make the aircraft about 25 when they head off to the desert, which isn't an unusual service life for a commercial airliner.


User currently offline77411 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 152 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 11314 times:



Quoting Beertrucker (Reply 13):
wasnt one of DL's suposed to be in getting these put on soon?

Last I heard some time in April. They have 4 to 6 birds modified or in the process of being modified to take the winglet.


User currently offlineSPREE34 From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 2248 posts, RR: 9
Reply 19, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 11029 times:



Quoting AA777223 (Reply 16):
I think it is DL that is the undisputed champion of the 767 cause...

That's where I'd place my bet. Look how long they kept the DC8.



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User currently offlineQqflyboy From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2282 posts, RR: 13
Reply 20, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 10915 times:

Just saw the bird here in RDU on my way in from LGA. Those winglets, as others have said, are massive. Impressive indeed. Just like the press release states, the new winglets will forever change the appearance of the 763, and they certainly do... for the better IMHO. All I had with me was my cell phone cam, so no good pix. Sorry.


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User currently offlineJambrain From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2008, 251 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 9392 times:



Quoting AAR90 (Thread starter):
The 11-foot high winglets could also extend the range of an aircraft by as much as 360 nm

Just think with 6% sfc improvement from winglets + hang a GEnx or Trent 1000 under for another 12 - 15%, for missions inside 7285 nm the old bird would be pretty close CASM to the 787! Makes you wonder what those Boeing engineers have been up to these last 20 years  duck 



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User currently offlineHNL-Jack From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 819 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 8974 times:

Unless my eyes deceived me, I believe there was an AA 763 with winglets in HNL which I saw taking off about 7:15 this morning. Can anyone confirm?


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User currently offlineQqflyboy From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2282 posts, RR: 13
Reply 23, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 8893 times:



Quoting HNL-Jack" class=quote target=_blank>HNL-Jack (Reply 23):
I believe there was an AA 763 with winglets in HNL which I saw taking off about 7:15 this morning. Can anyone confirm?

They deceived you. That was likely the 7:20 departure to LAX, which is a 757. There is only one 763 with winglets currently, and that a/c was enroute from LHR to RDU at the time of your siting, and is now headed back to LHR from RDU.



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User currently offlineDFW13L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 8863 times:

Yeah and it's stuck in a LHR RDU cycle. Hasn't been home since Sunday night. I hope it comes home tomorrow. If so I'll head out to Terminal D and see her. I'll bring my camera even though the light will be dim and the weather rainy.

25 Dtw757 : It's scheduled LHR-BOS today 3/12 as flight 155
26 Post contains links Oly720man : At the moment it's on AA1135 BOS-MIA, it would seem. http://flightaware.com/live/flight/AAL1135 N389AA (B763 AA) 1211 20090313 AA1135
27 SeaBosDca : This is turning into a great thread! If it goes on for awhile it could tell us as much about AA ops as the Peter Max thread did about CO ops. (Actuall
28 American 767 : This is good to know. But what about the remaining 15 767-200's in the fleet? Are those getting fitted with winglets as well? I think that in the lon
29 Boeing767mech : Because the STC is written for a -300 and not a -200 if someone was to pay to do the engineering for a -200 maybe we would put them on the -200's but
30 LAXDESI : Would 767 type winglets on A330 provide similar saving in fuel consumption? I would think it will provide some, but not as much as 6%. Any thoughts?
31 Post contains links Oly720man : Haven't seen it on ACARS yet, but looking at MIA departures it may now be on the AA283 to LAX and HNL. http://flightaware.com/live/flight/AAL283
32 SeaBosDca : Boeing767mech already pointed out the lack of frames in use. Another problem for AA specifically is that their 762ERs, unlike most of their 763ERs, a
33 OB1504 : Unless there's a second wingletted 76' flying around, N389AA is parked in front of the maintenance hangar at MIA, and has been since around 4:00 this
34 Post contains links LAXDESI : I am sure this has been posted before; however it is worth a repost. http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/fl...piroid-wingtip-technology-the.html Quote:
35 Post contains links and images Flyboyseven : http://www.aviationpartnersboeing.com/products/767-300ER.html The pictures they use are kind of funny. For the front view they show a 737, and for the
36 AA777LVR : Anyone out there know if there are anymore 763's currently in the hangar for winglet modifications? I know the wing reinforcement on N389 was already
37 Boeing767mech : 345 is getting winglets and I have heard MAUI mods done in MCI, it is OTS until the 2nd. David
38 Hamlet69 : Noticed this today: On Randy's Blog (http://boeingblogs.com/randy/) he makes a note about N389AA's first revenue flight with the winglets. What's news
39 Western727 : I notice photos in a.net showing the AA 763ER with winglets taking off last summer on a test flight. The same 763 is then shown later in 2008 sans win
40 Jogales : They did all the flight testing they needed to do, but the winglets weren't yet certified so they couldn't carry passengers with them installed. They
41 HawaiianA330 : The aircraft just passed through HNL yesterday ( Thu ) I live directly in the approach flight path so she sailed right over my house, beautiful
42 Lightsaber : Good to hear these are in revenue service! Bummer this wasn't two years ago. Could be. But the CFD I've seen its been less of a fuel burn advantage. N
43 FlyingClrs727 : I bet Aviation Partners will eventually offer a 767-200 winglet too. After all they did develop a winglet for the 757-300 of which just over 50 plane
44 Dlcnxgptjax : I saw a Delta 763 in GSO today with winglets on it. Not sure what ship number or when it's going to enter service, but I thought it looked nice.
45 RJ_Delta : The next Tuesday the CC-CWG (first LAN B763 with blended winglets) will leave the hangar for test flights. Commercial services will start on Wed March
46 GSOspotter : I noticed Austrian Airlines 763 OE-LAE (cn 30383/812) with new Winglets at GSO parked at the TIMCO ramp. It sure looks great. Not sure when it will be
47 Rosterdriven : It's the 2nd Austrian 763 modified. First a/c was delivered w/o winglets mounted ahead of JAR certfication and the rest is done after paperwok.
48 Aacun : Cool!!!!! Just flew on the airplane on flt 905 MIA-GIG on 3/24............... those winglets look huge from the window exits.. WOW!!! Nice treat.. was
49 Post contains images PUnmuth@VIE : Here you go
50 OHLHD : Thanks for the pics. Can´t help myself but it looks kinda funny. Will check that out personally.
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