VARIG To Be First Operator Of Boeing Next-Generation 737 With Performance-Enhancing Winglets In Latin America
SEATTLE, May 14, 2001 - VARIG Airlines will be
the first carrier in Latin America to operate the Boeing
737-800 with winglets when it takes delivery of two of
the advanced airplanes in September and October.
VARIG will operate the airplanes through a lease
agreement with GATX Capital Corporation.
VARIG already has 14 737-800s on order.
"The winglets on the Boeing 737-800 represent the
latest technology to improve flight performance and
economics," said Ozires Silva, CEO of VARIG
Airlines. "This is an important step in continuing to offer
our passengers the best services."
The blended winglets on the 737-800 curve out and up
from the wingtip, reducing aerodynamic drag and
boosting performance. Some of the potential
Up to 4 percent better fuel burn.
Reduced engine maintenance costs.
Improvement on takeoff performance and obstacle
Improved payload capability of one-half to three
Increased optimum cruise altitude.
Reduced noise by 0.5 to 0.7 decibels on takeoff.
"VARIG will experience first-hand the performance
benefits of the blended winglets on these advanced
airplanes," said Daniel da Silva, vice president of Sales
for Latin America, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "The
737 family offers the lowest operating costs in this
market. This airplane helps continue our long-standing
relationship with VARIG by providing the newest
technology, the best economics and the highest comfort
this market has to offer."
VARIG is Latin America's largest carrier, transporting
more than 11 million passengers per year and serving 18
countries plus 34 cities within Brazil.