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Continued: Call them whatever you'd like, but airlines call 'winglets' money-savers

  • Article by: GREGORY KARP CHICAGO TRIBUNE
  • Last update: March 10, 2014 - 9:11 PM

Perhaps not surprising because Airbus and Boeing are bitter rivals in the aircraft sales business, Airbus and Aviation Partners Boeing are in a patent dispute about the wingtips.

Another beneficiary of the winglet craze is AAR Corp., headquartered in Wood Dale, Ill., near O’Hare International Airport. It is among the aviation maintenance companies installing winglets on existing aircraft.

Business has been booming.

AAR has installed blended winglets on about 250 aircraft in recent years and will start installing the split scimitar winglets this month, said Chris Jessup, AAR senior vice president of airframe and engineering services.

“They’re very popular,” he said. “It’s additional work, above and beyond the normal work that we do.”

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