William P. Hobby Airport (HOU)

SouthWest Airlines debuts Split Scimitar Wingtips

April 9, 2014

SouthWest Airlines has operated its first commercial flight utilizing a Boeing 737-800 equipped with Aviation Partner's Boeing Split Scimitar Winglets.  The airline has ordered 85 sets of the new winglets to retrofit currently operating aircraft as well as other aircraft due for delivery in 2014.

Split Winglet

These new scimitar split winglets offer considerable savings in fuel consumption and emissions, with an estimated 3.5% to 5.5% annual savings over SouthWest's existing 737 wing configurations.

The new winglets will increase the 737 -800's wingspan by about about five inches. The lower winglet tip drops about 36 inches below the wing.

As this new wing technology is deployed over the next few months, we look forward to spotting these unique-looking aircraft at Hobby Airport.

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