September 18, 2008

Air New Zealand to Fit Blended Winglets on Boeing 767-300ER Fleet

Air New Zealand has announced that performance-enhancing blended winglets will be fitted on to its five Boeing 767-300ER aircraft beginning in July 2009.

The work will be carried out by Air New Zealand Technical Operations and is expected to be completed by the end of 2009. Air New Zealand estimates it will save more than NZD7.5 million in fuel and 16,000 tons of CO2 emissions.

The winglets, developed by Aviation Partners Boeing, a joint venture of Aviation Partners and Boeing, are 3.4m high wing tip devices which are claimed to make the aircraft's wing more efficient by reducing the drag near the wing tip.

The airline will also consider winglets for some of its other aircraft operating long-haul services, such as the Boeing 777-200ER, as they become available.

David Morgan, general manager of airline operations at Air New Zealand, said: "The fitting of the winglets were part of Air New Zealand's ongoing commitment to reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. As a result of this initiative we expect to reduce the fuel consumption across our 767 fleet by around 1.6 million US gallons annually."