celebrated the New Year by accepting delivery of its first three
Boeing 737-800s with performance-enhancing blended winglets. Hainan
is the first Asian airline to operate the 737-800 with winglets
that reduce drag and boost fuel efficiency.
based in Haikou, China, continues to evolve as a leading carrier
with a strong commitment to excellence, providing reliable service
in China and other Asian cities. Since its formation in 1993 with
two airplanes, Hainan Airlines now operates a fleet of more than
70 airplanes and flies to more than 60 cities in China and Asia.
the new airplanes, Hainan operates 10 737-800s, seven 737-400s
and five 737-300s.
winglet technology for the Boeing 737-800 was designed and developed
by Aviation Partners Inc. in cooperation with The Boeing Company.
The retrofitted blended winglets on the 737-800 curve out and
up from the wingtip, reducing aerodynamic drag and boosting performance.
The blended winglets potentially improve fuel efficiency (3.5
to 4 percent reduced fuel burn on missions greater than 1,000
nautical miles), increase range and improve takeoff performance
and obstacle clearance. The winglets also reduce noise near airports
and lower engine-maintenance costs.
The new 737s
feature the latest in comfort and technology available in the
market. The 737-800 can fly up to 2,905 nautical miles (5,380
kilometers) in a one-class configuration and features an all-new,
spacious Boeing 777-style interior.
The new 737
(737-600/ -700/ -800/ -900) is the most recently designed and
most technologically advanced family in the single-aisle market.
With the lowest operating costs in its class, the 737 offers exceptional
flexibility in size, mission, superior reliability and maintainability.