Boeing’s distinctive “Split Scimitar Winglets” will be launched in Asia as part of a new agreement with Thailand’s NewGen Airways.
A new partnership between the Bangkok-based carrier and Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) will see NewGen become the first airline in Asia to operate the unique wing design, which is designed to improve fuel-efficiency. The Split Scimitar Winglets will be installed on one of NewGen’s Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
“NewGen is taking steps to be the most efficient and recognisable brand in Asia,” said Craig McCallum, APB’s director of sales & marketing. “The Split Scimitar Winglets gives them an additional cost advantage over other Asian operators who have yet to adopt the technology.”
The Split Scimitar Winglets, which extend like a claw from the end of the B737 wing, reduce fuel burn by up to 6.6%, allowing users to save more than 480,000 litres of fuel over the course of a year. This results in a saving of about 1,220 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per aircraft per year.
The Split Scimitar Winglet programme is the most successful product launch in APB’s history, with the company having taken orders for more than 2,000 winglet systems.
NewGen Airways mainly operates charter flights between Thailand and China.