U.S. carriers install winglets to cut down on fuel costs

03/4/2014 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

Several U.S. carriers are installing winglets on planes to reduce drag, which in turn cuts down on fuel consumption. "Anything we can do to save fuel, we're all over it. … They're a huge deal for us," said Ron Baur, fleet vice president at United Airlines. Although winglets can cost $1 million per aircraft to install, the cost breaks even over a few years because of fuel savings.

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