An American Airlines 767-300ER equipped with Aviation Partners Boeing Blended Winglets took to the skies on Sunday July 20th. The newly modified aircraft flew a ferry flight from Kansas City, Missouri to San Bernardino, California where it will undergo two months of certification and winglet performance flight testing. The Blended Winglet installation, along with necessary wing and aircraft systems modifications, was performed by American Airlines employees at their Kansas City Maintenance Base.
The 11 foot tall (3.4m) Blended Winglets are manufactured for Aviation Partners Boeing by GKN Aerospace, based on the Isle of Wight in the United Kingdom. The wing modification kit was manufactured by the team of LMI Aerospace, Contour Aerospace, and Honeywell Consumable Solutions.
FAA and EASA certification of 767-300ER Blended Winglets is anticipated for November of this year with entry into revenue service following in December.