UPS will add winglets to its 54-plane Boeing 767 fleet, including the five 767s currently on order, by the end of 2014.
The integrator has already installed winglets on its 747s and MD-11s; UPS’ Airbus A300-600s have similar devices attached to their wings.
The move will save each plane 4 percent of its current fuel expenditure by reducing drag during flight. The winglets also reduce noise emissions and improve performance during take off, according to a company statement. Adding winglets onto each plane, however, will increase aircraft weight by close to 3,000 pounds. Even with the extra heft, the emissions savings are worth the addition, the company said.
“We believe there is always some way you can improve, and we're applying that spirit to our environmental efforts," UPS’ president, Mitch Nichols, said in a statement. "This is a great example of how we can use existing technology to save money, lessen our impact on the environment, and serve our customers more efficiently." - Jon Ross