American Airlines and Aviation Partners Boeing Announce First Revenue Flight of a Boeing 767-300ER Featuring Blended Winglets
FORT WORTH, Texas
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.
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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AAR90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3410 posts, RR: 50 Reply 4, posted (4 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 14540 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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LMP737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (4 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 14307 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.
DfwRevolution From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 17, posted (4 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 10592 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.
Qqflyboy From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2200 posts, RR: 14 Reply 20, posted (4 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 9862 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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Jambrain From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2008, 235 posts, RR: 0 Reply 21, posted (4 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 8339 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
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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DFW13L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 24, posted (4 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 7810 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 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 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 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 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