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Varig To Fly 737-800 Winglets

Tue May 15, 2001 12:51 am

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
improvements include:

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
metric tons.
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.
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RE: Varig To Fly 737-800 Winglets

Tue May 15, 2001 12:58 am

0.5 to 0.7 decibel noice reduction because of the winglets doesn't sound to much to me. Anyway I think that the 738 will be good for VARIG.

Just like birdwatching - without having to be so damned quiet!
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RE: Varig To Fly 737-800 Winglets

Tue May 15, 2001 1:39 am

Does anyone knows how many 737 NG Varig already has on its fleet???

They already use the 737-700 and know with this new order of 737-800 Winglets..... are they replacing the old 737-200's that are still on their fleet!!!????