The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded certification of the Aviation Partners Boeing split scimitar winglet on the Boeing 737-800, according to Aviation Partners Boeing (APB).
The supplemental type certificate means the aircraft can now enter commercial service after five years of development.
The new winglet, which adds a scimitar cap and ventral fin to the Blended Winglet, already has 1,461 orders and options in the backlog, including from launch customer United Airlines.
The APB joint venture plans to start certification testing of a split scimitar winglet in mid-February on the 737-900ER. The schedule calls for achieving certification by late July.