flydubai recently revealed that the first Split Scimitar Winglets installation on its fleet of Next-Generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft has been completed, making it the first Middle Eastern carrier to invest in the fuel saving technology.
The retrofit programme will see up to 30 Next-Generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft fitted with the new Split Scimitar Winglets between September 2019 and October 2020. When this is completed, the airline’s retrofitted Next-Generation aircraft will benefit from greater fuel efficiency, reducing fuel consumption by 1.5 per cent, with the added bonus of significantly less carbon emissions.
The winglets are estimated to reduce flydubai’s annual fuel bill by over 200,000 litres per aircraft and reduce CO2 emissions by more than 510 tonnes per aircraft per year.
CEO, flydubai, Ghaith Al Ghaith remarked on the initiative: “The Split Scimitar Winglets have been in use since 2013 and we have seen many airlines around the world benefit from this technology both financially and environmentally. Choosing to invest in the latest technologies and to retrofit our fleet is part of fulfilling our commitment to cost and operational efficiency and passing on the savings to our passengers.”
He continued: “I would like to thank our Engineering and Maintenance team, which is working closely with our MRO service provider, Joramco, and the Split Scimitar Winglets supplier, Aviation Partners Boeing (APB), to successfully roll out the retrofit programme without impacting aircraft availability.”
flydubai’s retrofit programme will coincide the scheduled base maintenance checks of its aircraft. By installing the winglets during the pre-planned maintenance, the airline minimises the effect on aircraft availability as well as any schedule disruptions.