CO will soon begin installing blended winglets, manufactured by Aviation Partners Boeing, on some of its 737-800 and 757-200 aircraft. Although several airlines already operate with winglets on their 737s, including Copa, CO
will be the first airline to operate the 757-200 with winglets.
The winglet is an upward and aft curving device which attaches to the existing wingtip. This aerodynamic modification stands eight feet two inches tall, and increases the overall wing span on the 737-800 by four feet seven inches, and by nine feet nine inches on the 757-200. The net effect on the aircraft is lower drag and improved lift. The lower induced drag results in up to a 5 percent fuel burn reduction, most of which takes place at cruise altitude. The winglets also improve the airplane’s takeoff performance while reducing engine maintenance costs, emissions and noise.
“The winglet project has involved many CO
groups, including Fleet Planning, Materials, Airport Services, Finance, Flight Operations, Marketing and Engineering,” Engineering Managing Director John Wiitala said. “Thanks to the hard work of all these individuals, the project will realize significant savings for CO
and will help us make our fleet the best in the business.”
has agreed to install winglets on 11 Boeing 737-800s beginning in July 2004 and expects to complete these installations by the end of 2004. The first of 11 757-200 winglet installations will be completed prior to the summer of 2005.
Copyed from the CO
TIMES (June 2004) Employees News
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