September 16, 2008

Hawaiian Airlines to Install Blended Winglets on 767-300ER Aircraft

In conjunction with its ongoing effort to reduce fuel costs, Hawaiian Airlines has signed an agreement with Aviation Partners Boeing to purchase blended winglets for installation on eight Boeing 767-300ER jets, and options to purchase seven additional pairs.

The winglets, which stand 11-feet tall and extend upward from the end of each wing, will reduce the drag caused by the traditional wingtip design and are expected to save Hawaiian up to 5% in fuel consumption, resulting in savings of more than 300,000 gallons of jet fuel annually per aircraft.

The installation of the winglets on the eight aircraft is scheduled to begin in September 2009 and will be completed in 2010.

Mark Dunkerley, president and CEO of Hawaiian Airlines, said: "Being among the first airlines to install fuel-saving winglets on the Boeing 767-300ER aircraft is another important step in Hawaiian's strategy to be an industry leader in introducing innovations that keep costs down and help the environment."