New wings for Hawaiian

HONOLULU (KHNL) - In an effort to save over 300,000 gallons of jet fuel annually Hawaiian Airlines is set to purchase Blended Winglets for installation on eight of its Boeing 767-300ER jets.

The Blended Winglets made by Aviation Partners Boeing extend upwards at around 11-feet towards the end of each wing. The new winglet is designed to reduce the drag and save Hawaiian Airlines up to 5 percent in fuel consumption.

"Being among the first airlines to install fuel-saving winglets on the Boeing 767-300ER aircraft is another important step in Hawaiian's strategy to be an industry leader in introducing innovations that keep costs down and help the environment," said Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian's president and CEO.

Installation of the winglets on the eight aircraft is scheduled to begin in September 2009 and be completed in 2010.