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A news letter from the Job!


Today, we announced our order for Split Scimitar Winglets from Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) for the Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 aircraft. The unique feature of the Split Scimitar Winglet is that it uses the existing Blended Winglet structure, but adds new strengthened spars, aerodynamic scimitar tips, and a large ventral strake.

By upgrading our Boeing Next-Generation 737-800s with Split Scimitar Winglets, we estimate an increase in our annual fuel savings of approximately three percent per aircraft from Blended Winglets to approximately five percent per aircraft annually with the Split Scimitar winglet upgrade. In addition to lowering our fuel costs, the Split Scimitar Winglet will reduce emissions, supporting our commitment to efficiency and to the Planet.

Our order of 85 Split Scimitar Winglets allows us to retrofit the 52 Boeing 737-800s currently in our fleet, in addition to the 33 Boeing 737-800s the we expect to be delivered this year. Pending FAA certification, we plan to begin Split Scimitar Winglet retrofits at Aviation Technical Services, based in Everett, Wash., in the first half of 2014, with an expected completion of all retrofits by early next year.

Southwest Airlines is continuously searching for opportunities to reduce fuel consumption and to supplement our environmental stewardship. APB has proven to offer superior technology that performs as promised, and we are excited to introduce Split Scimitar Winglets on our 737-800 aircraft.






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