With fuel prices being unstable, many companies have started to look at making their transportation methods more fuel efficient. The Boeing Company, which designs, manufactures, and sells airplanes, rockets, satellites and more, has been working on new winglets for their airplanes. This advanced winglet is designed to improve fuel efficiency. In June, the new 737 MAX single-aisle airliner began wing assembly in Renton, Washington. It is now in the final assembling stage. Not only is this a breakthrough in the building of new passenger aircrafts, Mr. Szondy, from Gizmag, states that this is also a “testbed for new assembly methods.” If these assembly methods prove to be successful, then it will be introduced at two other assembly plants as 737 MAX production expands (1.)
The new advanced technology winglets will be introduced on the new 737 MAX’s, which the company claims to increase fuel efficiency by 1.8% over other conventional winglets. The new winglets capture more air as it flows off the tip of the wing and turns it into lift. The design has undergone wind tunnel tests with positive results so far and this will be the first test aircraft that will have the winglet fly. The 737 MAX is scheduled to rollout later this year, the first flight in 2016, and the first customer delivery in 2017. Boeing already has interested buyers, they report to have 2,869 orders from 58 customers (1).
I think this will change the airline industry and make Boeing a top seller in their market. As the years have gone by and shown how high fuel costs can impact a company, many companies have turned to technology to invent and create new products to increase fuel efficiency. The new winglets on the aircrafts definitely will attract many buyers, as Boeing has already reported, and change how their competitors produce airplanes. Along with the new winglets, Boeing is planning on using their new assembly methods in their other assembly plants. Building the new 737 MAX delivers 8% lower operating costs than their main competitors (2). Mr. Szondy mostly focused on the new winglets, but I checked Boeing’s website to see more information on the new 727 MAX. The new airplane also has a new interior which Boeing markets as a passenger appeal (2). Overall, this article focused on the new important technology Boeing has worked on to install on their new airplanes, and it interested me in Boeing’s company in general.