Company History / Timeline

1991
  • Joe Clark and Dennis Washington form Aviation Partners, Inc. (API) and hire Dr. Bernie Gratzer and a dream team of retired Boeing and Lockheed aerospace engineers.
1993
  • Aviation Partners, Inc. installs high-aspect-ratio Blended Winglets on Gulfstream II and immediately markets the retrofit after FAA approval.
  • Aviation Partners, Inc. flight-tests Spiroid wingtips on a Gulfstream II and achieves more than 10% greater fuel-efficiency at cruise but delays commercialization in favor of Blended Winglets that are more stylish and more easily satisfy FAA and aircraft authorities.
1994
  • September 20th: Dr. Bernie Gratzer receives patent #5,348,253 for Blended Winglets.
1995
  • Clay Lacy knocks two hours off the Los Angeles to Paris World Speed Record on a Gulfstream II with API Blended Winglets.
1996
  • Clay Lacy established seven new time-to-climb records, including a dramatic climb from sea level to 40,000 ft (12,000 m) in just 6 minutes and 20 seconds on a Gulfstream II with API Blended Winglets.
1999
  • Aviation Partners, Inc. Blended Winglets tested on Boeing Business Jet.
  • Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) joint venture formed to offer Blended Winglets for Boeing aircraft. Blended Winglets are offered as a standard feature on the Boeing Business Jet.
2000
  • September 5th: APB awarded Supplemental Type Certificate for 737-BBJ Blended Winglets.
2001
  • March 23rd: APB awarded Supplemental Type Certificate for 737-800 Blended Winglets.
  • Hapag-Lloyd is the first airline to operate a Boeing 737-800 with retrofit Blended Winglet technology.
  • South African Airlines is first to order winglet-equipped Boeing 737-800s, stating that the winglets allow the 737 to outperform the rival Airbus A320 on long flights.
  • Air-Berlin is first to fly a Boeing 737-800 with factory-installed Blended Winglets.
  • August 27th: APB awarded Supplemental Type Certificate for 737-700 Blended Winglets.
2002
  • July 8th: Copa Airlines becomes first operator in Americas to fly with Blended Winglet technology.
2003
  • May 29th: APB awarded Supplemental Type Certificate for 737-300 Blended Winglets.
  • June 2nd: WestJet Airlines orders up to 94 shipsets of 737-NG Blended Winglets
  • June 12th: Southwest Airlines orders 169 shipsets of 737-700 retrofit Blended Winglets.
2004
  • April 26th: Continental Airlines becomes the first U.S. Major to order Blended Winglets when they place an order for both 757-200 and 737-NG Blended Winglets.
  • May 9th: Shandong Airlines becomes first Chinese operator to order Blended Winglets from APB.
  • July 9th: All Nippon Airways orders 45 shipsets of 737-700 Blended Winglets.
  • October 16th: 500th shipset of Blended is installed on a Continental Airlines 737-800.
2005
  • February 24th: Ryanair places largest single order in APB’s history announcing that they will purchase 225 shipsets of 737-800 Blended Winglets.
  • May 23rd: APB awarded Supplemental Type Certificate for 757-200 Blended Winglets.
  • October 24th: GOL Linhas Areas Inteligentes S.A. orders 60 shipsets of 737-800 Blended Winglets.
  • October 31st: Virgin Express becomes the first customer to order 737-300 Blended Winglets.
2006
  • March 29th: American Airlines orders 76 additional shipsets of 737-800 Blended Winglets.
  • May 1st: 1000th shipset of Blended Winglets is installed on an American Airlines 757-200.
  • May 26th: Northwest Airlines orders 757-200 Blended Winglets.
  • June 20th: Southwest Airlines orders up to 90 shipsets of 737-300 Blended Winglets.
  • July 19th: American Airlines orders 104 additional shipsets of 757-200 Blended Winglets.
  • September 26th: Continental Airlines orders 48 shipsets of 737-300 and 737-500 Blended Winglets.
  • September 26th: With orders from Continental Airlines, KLM, and Alaska Airlines, APB launches certification program for 737-900 Blended Winglets.
  • October 12th: US Airways orders 757-200 Blended Winglets.
2007
  • February 22nd: APB receives 2007 Airline Industry Aviation Technology Achievement award from Air Transport World.
  • March 22nd: United Airlines orders 757-200 Blended Winglets.
  • March 28th: With order from American Airlines for 47 shipsets, APB formally launches certification program for 767-300ER Blended Winglets.
  • March 30th: APB and Alaska Airlines enter into Hometown Partnership; Alaska Airlines agrees to install Blended Winglets on all future new 737-NG aircraft deliveries.
  • May 17th: Delta Air Lines orders 737-800 retrofit; 737-700 in-production; and 757-200 Blended Winglets.
  • May 24th: APB awarded FAA Supplemental Type Certificate for 737-500 Blended Winglets.
  • June 8th: Delta Air Lines orders 767-300ER Blended Winglets.
  • September 13th: Aviation Capital Group commits to order for 100+ 737-700/800 in-production Blended Winglet Systems.
  • September 14th: Air Berlin orders 85 737-700/800 in-production Blended Winglets Systems.
  • October 10th: APB awarded FAA Supplemental Type Certificate for 737-900 Blended Winglets.
  • December 6th: 2000th shipset of Blended Winglets is installed on a Continental Airlines 737-900.
  • December 21st: AirTran orders 54 737-700 Blended Winglet Systems completing fleet-wide transition to Blended Winglets.
2008
  • March 15th: Norwegian Air Shuttle orders 42 737-800 in-production Blended Winglet Systems.
  • March 20th: Turkish Airlines orders 22 737-800 retrofit Blended Winglet Systems to complete 100% fleet transition to Blended Winglet technology.
  • March 26th: Xiamen Airlines orders 37 737-800 in-production Blended Winglet Systems.
  • April 2nd: Southwest Airlines exercises options for 31 additional 737-300 Blended Winglet Systems.
  • April 17th: RBS Aviation Capital orders 40 additional 737-700/800 in-production Blended Winglet Systems.
  • May 19th: TUIfly Nordic becomes 7th customer for 767-300ER Blended Winglets.
  • June 4th: GOL orders 40 additional 737-700/800 in-production Blended Winglet Systems.
  • June 16th: DHL becomes 8th customer for 767-300ER Blended Winglets.
  • June 26th: With orders from Continental Airlines and Condor, APB formally launches 757-300 Blended Winglet certification program.
  • July 8th: Air New Zealand becomes 9th pre-certification customer for 767-300ER Blended Winglets with order for 5 Systems.
  • July 17th: FlyDubai orders 50 737-700/800 in-production Blended Winglet Systems.
  • July 20th: 767-300ER Blended Winglets make first flight (non-revenue) to start certification flight test program.
  • July 23rd: DAE Capital orders 50 737-700/800 in-production Blended Winglet Systems.
  • September 9th: Hawaiian Airlines become 10th pre-certification customer for 767-300ER Blended Winglets with order for 8 Systems.
  • September 10th: The Government of Iraq signs agreement with APB for 30 shipsets of 737-NG winglets for in-production installation on new< aircraft scheduled to deliver from Boeing between 2013-2017.
  • September 18th: TuiFly / ThomsonFly exercise options to purchase 9 additional 767-300ER and 12 additional 757-200 Blended Winglet Systems.
  • December 8th: Yakutia becomes first airline in Russia to order Blended Winglets (757-200).
2009
  • January 13th: LAN exercises options for 11 additional 767-300ER Blended Winglets Systems (taking total order to 37 shipsets).
  • January 27th: Garuda Indonesian Airlines orders 25 shipsets of 737-800 Blended Winglets to be installed in-production for new aircraft scheduled to deliver from Boeing between June 2009 and May 2012.
  • February 27th: American Airlines orders 43 additional shipsets of 737-800 Blended Winglets to be installed in-production for new aircraft scheduled to deliver from Boeing between July 2009 and December 2010.
  • March 6th: APB awarded Supplement Type Certificate for 767-300ER Blended Winglets
  • March 4th: Jet Airways and JetLite order 30 shipsets of 737-800 Blended Winglets to be installed in-production by Boeing for new aircraft to be delivered between July 2009 and February 2015.
  • March 26th: APB awarded Supplemental Type Certificate for 767-300ER Blended Winglets by EASA
  • July 16: APB awarded a Supplemental Type Certificate for 737-500 Blended Winglets by EASA
  • August 16: APB awarded a Supplemental Type Certificate for 757-300 Blended Winglets by the FAA
  • September 2: APB was awarded the STC for the 767-300 Freighter from EASA
2010
  • February 25th: China Southern Airlines orders 55 737-700/800 Blended Winglet systems to be installed in-production for new aircraft scheduled to deliver from Boeing between May 2011 and October 2013.
  • May 4th: Hainan Airlines orders 45 737-800 Blended Winglet systems to be installed in-production for new aircraft scheduled to deliver from Boeing between April 2011 and April 2015.
  • May 13th: Allegiant orders 6 757-200 Blended Winglet systems.
  • May 18th: Malaysia Airlines orders 35 737-800 Blended Winglet systems to be installed in-production for new aircraft scheduled to deliver from Boeing between September 2010 and December 2014.
  • June 6th: Air China orders 30 737-800 Blended Winglet systems to be installed in-production for new aircraft scheduled to deliver from Boeing between January 2011 and August 2014.
  • July 16th: Babcock & Brown orders 20 737-800 Blended Winglet systems to be installed in-production for new aircraft scheduled to deliver from Boeing between March 2011 and May 2014.
  • July 20th: Air Algerie orders 14 737-800 Blended Winglet systems; half for immediate retrofit and half to be installed in-production for new aircraft scheduled to deliver from Boeing between September 2010 and June 2011.
  • November 5th: Air Lease Corporation orders 60 737-800 Blended Winglet systems to be installed in-production for new aircraft scheduled to deliver from Boeing between 2012 and 2017.
  • December 7th: Aerosvit Airlines orders 7 767-300ER, 2 737-500, and 1 737-300 Blended Winglet systems.
2011
  • January 6th: Delta Air Lines orders 25 additional 757-200 Blended Winglet systems.
  • February 1st: China Eastern orders 30 737-700/800 Blended Winglet systems to be installed in-production for new aircraft scheduled to deliver from Boeing between July 2011 and October 2015.
  • March 29th: Virgin Blue orders 50 737-800 Blended Winglet systems to be installed in-production for new aircraft scheduled to deliver from Boeing between July 2011 and September 2015.
  • March 29th: CIT Leasing Corporation orders 38 737-800 Blended Winglet systems to be installed in-production for new aircraft scheduled to deliver from Boeing between September 2011 and March 2017.
  • May 11th: Shandong Airlines orders 16 737-800 Blended Winglet systems to be installed in-production for new aircraft scheduled to deliver from Boeing between July 2011 and October 2013.
  • May 12th: Ethiopian Airlines orders 10 737-800 Blended Winglet systems to be installed in-production for new aircraft scheduled to deliver from Boeing between November 2011 and June 2015.
  • May 12th: ILFC orders 33 737-800 Blended Winglet systems to be installed in-production for new aircraft scheduled to deliver from Boeing between September 2012 and February 2016.
  • May 13th: United Air Lines orders 12 767-300ER Blended Winglet systems.
  • July 8th: Shenzhen Airlines orders 40 737-700/800 Blended Winglet systems
    to be installed in-production for new aircraft scheduled to deliver from
    Boeing between 2012 and 2015.
  • July 27th: GOL orders 20 additional 737-700/800 Blended Winglet systems to
    be installed in-production for new aircraft scheduled to deliver from Boeing
    between 2016 and 2018.
  • August 5th: Delta Air Lines orders 8 additional 767-300ER Blended Winglet
    systems.
  • August 31st: El Al orders 3 737-800 Blended Winglet retrofit systems.
  • September 14th: Air China orders 20 737-800 Blended Winglet systems to be
    installed in-production for new aircraft scheduled to deliver from Boeing
    between January 2013 and July 2015.
  • November 15th: Southwest Airlines orders 23 737-700/800 Blended Winglet
    systems to be installed in-production for new aircraft scheduled to deliver
    from Boeing in 2012.
  • November 18th: United Airlines orders 2 additional 767-300ER Blended
    Winglet systems.
  • November 30th: GECAS orders up to 160 additional 737-700/800 Blended
    Winglet systems.
  • December 5th: Ethiopian Airlines orders 3 767-300ER Blended Winglet
    systems.
  • December 8th: Delta Air Lines orders 4 additional 767-300ER Blended Winglet
    systems.
  • December 23rd: Azerbaijan Airlines orders 2 767-300ER Blended Winglet
    systems.
  • December 30th: Lion Air orders 30 737-800 Blended Winglet Systems to be installed in-production on new aircraft scheduled to deliver from Boeing between April 2012 and December 2018.
2012
  • January 24th: Condor exercises options for two additional 767-300ER Blended Winglet Systems.
  • February 9th: Azerbaijan Airlines exercises options for two additional 767-300ER Blended Winglet Systems.
  • February 22nd: Air Lease Corporation exercises options for 18 additional 737-800 Blended Winglet Systems.
  • May 4th: The FAA grants Blended Winglet approval for the 767 Boeing Converted Freighter.
  • May 11th: Avia Capital Services orders 40 737-800 Blended Winglet Systems to be installed in-production on new aircraft scheduled to deliver from Boeing between September 2013 and December 2017.
  • June 12th: Delta Air Lines orders 3 additional 767-300ER Blended Winglet systems.
  • June 22nd: Berlin based airline, Germania, orders 6 737-700 Blended Winglet retrofit systems.
  • June 29th: LATAM (formerly known as LAN) orders 10 additional 767-300ER Blended Winglet systems.
  • July 24th: Southwest Airlines places the new single largest order in APB history for 268 additional 737-700/-800 Blended Winglet systems in support of new aircraft scheduled to deliver from Boeing between October 2012 and 2018.
  • August 7th: China Southern Airlines orders 40 737-700/-800 Blended Winglet retrofit systems – the largest retrofit order in APB’s history from a Chinese airlin.
  • October 19th: Japan Airlines orders 6 767-300ER Blended Winglet systems.
  • October 30th: Aviation Partners Boeing named as the 2012 recipient of the prestigious Corporate Award for Balance by the Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation.
  • November 14th: China Eastern Airlines orders 58 737-700 and 737-800 Blended Winglet Systems to be installed in-production in support of new aircraft to be operated by both China Eastern Airlines and Shanghai Airlines that are scheduled to deliver between August 2013 and December 2015.
  • November 16th: Air Astana orders 3 767-300ER Blended Winglet Systems in support of new aircraft scheduled to deliver from Boeing between September 2013 and June 2014.
  • November 27th: UTair orders 4 737-500 and 33 737-800 Blended Winglet Systems to be installed in-production in support of new aircraft scheduled to deliver from Boeing between 2013 and 2019.
  • December 20th: APB Board of Directors approves launch of 737-800 provisioned-wing Split Scimitar Program.
  • December 31st: Xiamen Airlines orders 30 737-800 Blended Winglet Systems to be installed in-production in support of new aircraft scheduled to deliver from Boeing between January 2014 and December 2015.
2013
  • January 7th: MIAT Mongolian Airlines order a 767-300ER Blended Winglet System in support of a new aircraft scheduled to deliver from Boeing in March 2013.
  • January 14th: United Airlines places launch order for 53 737-800-3 Split Scimitar Winglet Systems.
  • January 18th: United Parcel Service orders 60 767-300F Blended Winglet Systems.
  • January 31st: American Airlines orders 100 additional 737-800 Blended Winglet Systems in support of new aircraft scheduled to deliver from Boeing between 2013 and 2017.
  • March 22nd: Norwegian Air Shuttle orders 37 additional 737-800 Blended Winglet Systems in support of new aircraft scheduled to deliver from Boeing between June 2015 and February 2018.
  • April 5th: AeroMexico places order for 10 firm plus 25 optional 737-800-3 Split Scimitar Winglet Systems.
  • April 19th: TUI Airlines places order for 76 firm plus 24 options 737-800-3 Split Scimitar Winglet Systems.
  • April 30th: United Airlines places launch order for 135 737-900ER Split Scimitar Winglet Systems.
  • June 21st: Air Canada orders 8 firm and 12 optional 767-300ER Blended Winglet Systems.
  • July 1st: Japan Airlines exercises options for 3 additional 767-300ER Blended Winglet Systems.
  • July 10th: Delta Airlines ordered: 8 additional 757-200 Blended Winglet Systems, 8 additional 767-300ER Blended Winglet Systems, and 16 757-300 Blended Winglet Systems.
  • September 30th: SilkAir ordered 23 737-800 Blended Winglet Systems in support of new aircraft scheduled to deliver from Boeing between February 2014 and October 2017.
  • October 1st: Copa Airlines ordered 26 firm and 74 optional 737-NG Split Scimitar Winglet Systems.
  • October 15th: Alaska Airlines order 115 firm and 100 optional 737-NG-Split Scimitar Winglet Systems.
  • October 23rd: Shanghai Airlines orders 21 additional 737-800 Blended Winglet Systems.
  • October 30th: Sberbank Leasing orders 12 737-800 Blended Winglet Systems.
  • October 31st: Jet2.com orders 5 737-300 Blended Winglet Systems.
  • November 21st: Hainan Airlines orders 15 additional 737-800 Blended Winglet Systems.
  • December 27th: Southwest Airlines orders 85 firm and 600 optional 737-NG Split Scimitar Winglet Systems.
2014
  • January 21st: Air Transat orders 4 firm and 6 optional 737-800 Split Scimitar Winglet Systems.
  • January 27th: Air Abakan orders 2 757-200 Blended Winglet Systems.
  • February 6th: FAA awards Supplement Type Certification for provisioned wing 737-800 Split Scimitar Winglets.
  • February 18th: 737-800 Split Scimitar Winglets make first revenue flight (IAH to LAX) with United Airlines.
  • February 13th: AerDragon orders 10 737-800 Blended Winglet Systems for new aircraft scheduled to deliver from Boeing between December 2014 and June 2016.
  • March 10th: Lion Air orders 30 additional 737-800 Blended Winglet Systems for new aircraft scheduled to deliver from Boeing between May 2014 and December 2016.
  • March 11th: Oman Air orders 6 additional 737-800 Blended Winglet Systems for new aircraft scheduled to deliver from Boeing between October 2014 and March 2015.
  • March 11th: DreamJet SAS orders one 757-200 Blended Winglet System in support of new all business class airlines "La Compagnie".
  • March 24th: SpiceJet orders 16 additional 737-800 Blended Winglet Systems for new aircraft scheduled to deliver from Boeing between August 2014 and April 2017.
  • March 28th: WestJet Airlines orders 18 firm and 104 optional 737-NG Split Scimitar Winglet Systems.
  • April 15th: United Airlines firms up options for 58 737-800, 36 737-700, and 12 737-900 Split Scimitar Winglet Systems.
  • April 16th: Air Canada orders 2 additional 767-300ER Blended Winglet Systems in support of their Rouge LCC subsidiary.
  • April 22nd: ICBC orders 40 737-800 Blended Winglet Systems for new aircraft scheduled to deliver from Boeing between September 2014 and December 2018.
  • June 16th: Southwest Airlines orders 9 additional 737-700 retrofit Blended Winglet Systems.
  • June 26th: Luxair orders 3 firm and 15 optional 737-NG Split Scimitar Winglet Systems.
  • July 16th: Comair (Johannesburg, South Africa) orders 1 firm and 19 optional 737-800 Split Scimitar Winglet Systems.
  • July 18th: Ruili Airlines orders 8 737-NG Blended Winglet Systems for new aircraft scheduled to deliver from Boeing between October 2014 and September 2018.