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LAN Airline Will Reduce Its CO2 Emissions

Monday, April 6th 2009 - 15:16 UTC
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Chilean-based LAN Airlines recently announced it will reduce the consumption of combustible fuel by 16.6 million gallons each year with the installation of “winglets” on all 37 of its Boeing 767-300 aircrafts as part of the airline’s endeavor to improve flight efficiency.

The project will be completed by the end of next year and will cost around US$70 million.

The winglets, which are 3.5 meters high, are installed on the tip of the plane wings to reduce lift-induced drag and provide extra lift for a faster ascension.

The winglets reduce the consumption of combustible fuel by 450,000 gallons each year per aircraft and will cut C02 emission by 5 percent for each aircraft.

LAN is the first Latin American airline to install winglets on its aircraft. It recently launched its first winglet-equipped plane, which now operates on the route between Santiago and Buenos Aires.

“We are incorporating the most advanced technology of the aviation industry so that our operations will be more efficient, an important step contributing to the preservation of the environment,” said LAN Vice President Enrique Elsaca.

First manufactured in 1998 by Aviation Partners Boeing, winglets have been utilized by several of the world’s important airlines, including American Airlines, British Airways, Delta Airlines, Air New Zealand and Qantas. The project will be completed by the end of next year and will cost around US$70 million.

The winglets, which are 3.5 meters high, are installed on the tip of the plane wings to reduce lift-induced drag and provide extra lift for a faster ascension.

The winglets reduce the consumption of combustible fuel by 450,000 gallons each year per aircraft and will cut C02 emission by 5 percent for each aircraft.

LAN is the first Latin American airline to install winglets on its aircraft. It recently launched its first winglet-equipped plane, which now operates on the route between Santiago and Buenos Aires.

“We are incorporating the most advanced technology of the aviation industry so that our operations will be more efficient, an important step contributing to the preservation of the environment,” said LAN Vice President Enrique Elsaca.

First manufactured in 1998 by Aviation Partners Boeing, winglets have been utilized by several of the world’s important airlines, including American Airlines, British Airways, Delta Airlines, Air New Zealand and Qantas. Santiago Times

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