Winglets Save Shipper Fuel

Winglets save shipper fuel

There are many avenues shipping companies have explored for increasing fuel economy while simultaneously protecting the environment. The use of alternative fuels such as compressed natural gas, propane, and electric motors have helped change the landscape of annual fleet costs with the added benefit of enhancing the development speed of alternative fuel technologies. To increase its fuel costs even further, one shipper has added a special component to its fleet of aircraft.

To enhance the efficiency of its fleet of Boeing 767s, UPS is adding winglets to the wing tips of each aircraft. The add-ons will help reduce the drag of the aircraft as well as the fuel it consumes during flight.

Winglets will add several feet to the wingspan of an aircraft and are nearly a dozen feet tall. Installation of the new features is currently underway and is scheduled to wrap up by the end of 2014.

What non-engine enhancements are you aware of that could potentially increase the fuel efficiency of ground-based vehicles?

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     /  July 12, 2013

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