Copa Airlines ordered up to 100 split scimitar winglets to retrofit a fleet of Boeing 737NGs, says Aviation Partners Boeing.
The deal makes Copa the fourth customer to announce an order for the fuel-saving winglets from the joint venture between Boeing and Seattle-based Aviation Partners.
The Panamanian carrier expects to save $21 million on fuel bills yearly after retrofitting its 737NG fleet.
Copa currently operates 59 737NGs and has another 28 on order. Copa also has options on another 14 737NGs. The combined total of 737s in service, on order or on option is 101 aircraft, or one more than covered by the winglet deal with Aviation Parnters Boeing.
Copa was the first carrier to operate 737-700s with blended winglets, according to Aviation Partners Boeing.
“It is no surprise that the airline is once again out from in adopting our fuel-savings technology,” says Darren Walker, director of sales and contracts for Aviation Partners Boeing.
United, TUI and UPS also have ordered the new split scimitar winglets.
The new configuration adds strengthened spars, scimitar-shaped caps and a large ventral strake. The design is expected to improve the wing’s aerodynamic efficiency in the outboard section without increasing the span compared to blended winglets.