LAN Airlines has completed the installation of winglet devices across its entire long-haul Boeing 767 fleet. The US$80 million initiative is expected to offer 4% savings in terms of fuel, and therefore reduce the fleet’s CO2 emissions. By year’s end, LAN said it expects to have cut its CO2 emissions by 113,000 tons. All future B767 aircraft added to LAN’s long-haul fleet will also feature the winglets.
Enrique Cueto, the Chilean national carrier’s Executive Vice President said; “Even though the commercial aviation industry emits 2% of CO2 worldwide, we are always looking for innovative ways of further reducing this figure. The installation of winglets to our entire long-haul Boeing 767 fleet is an investment we are proud of, as it allows us to have a lower environmental impact.”
Winglets are fitted to the tips of an aircraft’s wings, reducing drag and fuel burn.