FARNBOROUGH, England, July 21. Allegiant Air has ordered six shipsets of Aviation Partners Boeing 757-200 Blended Winglets. The first installations have commenced at ATS in Everett, Washington, and Flightstar in Jacksonville, Florida.
"We are very delighted to announce that Allegiant Air has joined our vast list of partners," says Aviation Partners Boeing CEO John Reimers. "This order gives Allegiant Air the opportunity to put our product into service and experience the incredible value that Blended Winglet technology is generating for other airlines worldwide."
Blended Winglet performance-enhanced 757-200s will be used for Allegiant Air's planned ETOPS (Extended-Range Twin-Engine Operations) flights to Hawaii, among other potential routes. Blended Winglet Technology can save the average 757-200 operator approximately 225,000 gallons (851,625 litres) of fuel per aircraft per year. Enhanced takeoff performance from the installation of Blended Winglets will offer Allegiant Air potential for significantly improved passenger payloads on long haul flights. Added range capability, another important plus of Blended Winglet Technology, will also give Allegiant Air improved fuel margins on extended range operations. Further, Blended Winglet can reduce engine maintenance costs and also offer important eco-friendly attributes including reduced emissions of carbon monoxide and nitrous oxide on the order of 5%.
"We look forward to soon serving the Hawaii market with our newly purchased Boeing 757 aircraft," Allegiant CEO and Chairman Maurice J. Gallagher Jr. commented. "We appreciate the cost-savings that APB and its Blended Winglets product will provide for this new service and look forward to sharing this value with our customers."
Over 3,600 Blended Winglet Systems are now in service with over 120 airlines in more than 80 countries. APB estimates that Blended Winglets have saved airlines worldwide more than 2.1 billion gallons of jet fuel to-date. Aviation Partners Boeing is a Seattle based joint venture of Aviation Partners, Inc. and The Boeing Company.
Delta Air Lines continues to build its international expansion by purchasing Blended Winglets for the backbone of its medium-to-long haul fleet.
Aviation Partners' Winglets are now flying on almost 5,500 individual airplanes, and more than 20 airplane types worldwide.
API's Blended Winglet Technology has saved the world's commercial and business aircraft operators an estimated three billion gallons of jet fuel.
Airline expects the incremental fuel savings from the latest drag-reducing technology will add another 58,000 gallons of annual fuel savings per aircraft per year.