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Modified 767s to fly for UPS

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A UPS Boeing 767 A UPS Boeing 767
The winglets added to a UPS Boeing 767. The winglets added to a UPS Boeing 767.
Jeff Wafford Jeff Wafford

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – UPS has unveiled a new look for the flagships of its fleet.

As part of its efforts to save fuel and reduce emissions, winglets have been added to the Boeing 767 aircraft flown by the company.

The wingtip devices, which are arrow-shaped surfaces attached to the tip of each wing, enhance the overall efficiency of the aircraft. They save fuel by reducing drag while also lowering noise emissions by improving takeoff performance.

"These blended winglets are 11 feet tall," said Jeff Wafford, a UPS spokesperson. "When you're standing next to one of these planes that pretty significant height increase because these planes become 11 feet taller on their wings. They also become 9 feet wider on their wing span.

The modifications will save UPS more than six million gallons of fuel each year and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 62,000 metric tons.

All UPS 767s should be outfitted with them by the end of 2014.

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