Boeing has developed a new winglet design concept for the 737 MAX. The new Advanced Technology winglet will provide MAX customers with up to an additional 1.5% fuel-burn improvement, depending on range, on top of the 10-12% improvement already offered on the new-engine variant.
|The Advanced Technology Winglet. Source: Boeing. Click to enlarge.|
Compared to today’s wingtip technology, which provides up to a 4% fuel-burn advantage at long ranges, the Advanced Technology winglet provides a total fuel-burn improvement of up to 5.5% on the same long routes.
The concept is more efficient than any other wingtip device in the single-aisle market because the effective wing span increase is uniquely balanced between the upper and lower parts of the winglet.—Michael Teal, chief project engineer, 737 MAX
Boeing aerodynamicists used advanced computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to combine rake tip technology with a dual feather winglet concept into one advanced treatment for the wings of the 737 MAX. The Advanced Technology winglet fits within today’s airport gate constraints while providing more effective span thereby reducing drag. Ongoing 737 MAX testing in the wind tunnel validated the new concept on the airplane.
The super-efficient design has been incorporated into the 737 MAX design and production system plans.
We have assessed the risk and understand how to leverage this new technology on the MAX within our current schedule. This puts us on track to deliver substantial additional fuel savings to our customers in 2017.—Michael Teal
Airlines operating the 737 MAX now will gain an 18% fuel-burn per-seat improvement over today’s A320, Boeing says. Depending on the range of the mission, MAX operators will realize even more savings.
To date, the 737 MAX has more than 1,000 orders and commitments from 16 customers worldwide.