The South African low-cost carrier Mango Airlines has ordered Split Scimitar Winglet technology from Aviation Partners Boeing for its Boeing Next Generation 737-800 fleet.

The airline plans to perform the first installation of the Split Scimitar Winglets in February at South African Airways Technical facility.

Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) said the Split Scimitar Winglet modification reduces Boeing Next-Generation 737 block fuel consumption by an additional 2.2% over the Blended Winglets. The system is expected to reduce Mango’s annual fuel requirements by more than 155,000 litres per aircraft and their carbon dioxide emissions by over 390 tonnes per aircraft per year.

“As a low-cost airline, Mango is continuously looking at ways to maximise the operating profitability of our fleet in order to remain competitive in an increasingly challenging environment,” said Marelize Labuschagne, acting chief executive officer, Mango Airlines. “We are therefore both proud and excited to have Aviation Partners Boeing as our partner in this endeavour and eagerly await the realisation of the projected savings.”

Aviation Partners Boeing director of sales and marketing Christopher Stafford added: “With the installation of the Split Scimitar Winglet System, not only will Mango Airlines realise significant fuel savings in its network, but it will also show its environmental stewardship.”

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