Icelandair the first to operate 757-200 scimitar blended winglets in Europe

Hekla northern lights Icelandair airplane Photo by Icelandair

Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) announced today that Icelandair is the first airline in Europe to install and operate with Scimitar Blended Winglets (SBW) on its Boeing 757-200 aircraft.

Aviation Partners’ latest Winglet design, the Scimitar Blended Winglet, uses existing Blended Winglet technology but adds new aerodynamic Scimitar tips and a small outboard aerodynamic trailing edge wedge, further increasing the efficiency of the airplane. A Retrofit enhancement to their current 757-200 Blended Winglets, Icelandair expects increased savings to block fuel, reduced engine maintenance, improved takeoff performance, and lower emissions, among other benefits.

Icelandair scimitar blended wingletsPhoto by PR Newswire

The Scimitar Blended Winglet replaces the standard aluminum Blended Winglet tip with an aerodynamically optimized, scimitar-shaped tip cap. This helps provide the additional drag benefit over the standard Blended Winglet configuration. The Scimitar Blended Winglet modification reduces Boeing 757-200 fuel burn by up to an additional 1.1% over the Blended Winglets alone; together they can reduce fuel burn by more than 6%.

Icelandair has been at the forefront of finding ways to minimize its environmental impact by examining every aspect of its flight operations, from reducing the amount of paper carried and extra water stored in the aircraft’s tank, to implementing environmentally friendly aircraft design updates. Icelandair is currently working on their 4th Scimitar Blended Winglet modification and plan to have a total of 17 units in service before the 2017 summer season.