Joe Clark and Dennis Washington form Aviation Partners, Inc. (API).
Dr. Bernie Gratzer and a dream team of retired Boeing and Lockheed aerospace engineers launch Blended Winglet Program for the Gulfstream II.
Aviation Partners installs high-aspect-ratio Blended Winglets on Gulfstream II and immediately markets the retrofit after FAA approval.
Aviation Partners 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.
September 20: Dr. Bernie Gratzer receives patent #5,348,253 for Blended Winglets.
June 9: Clay Lacy knocks two hours off the Los Angeles to Paris World Speed Record in a Gulfstream II equipped with API Blended Winglets.
November 19: Clay Lacy establishes 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 in a Gulfstream II equipped with API Blended Winglets.
At the Paris Air Show, Joe Clark and Borge Boeskov, VP Boeing Business, join forces to make plans to develop Blended Winglets for the Boeing Business Jet.
Aviation Partners Blended Winglets flight tested on Boeing Business Jet.
Aviation Partners Boeing (APB), a joint venture between Aviation Partners Inc. and The Boeing Company, formed to offer Blended Winglets for Boeing aircraft. Blended Winglets are offered as a standard feature on the Boeing Business Jet.
September 5th: APB awarded Supplemental Type Certificate for Boeing 737-BBJ
Hapag-Lloyd is the first airline to operate a Boeing 737-800 with retrofit Blended Winglet technology.
Blended Winglet program is announced for Raytheon Hawker 800 business jets
with 7% increase in cruise fuel efficiency and significant improvements in
take-off, initial cruise altitude, and range.
March 23rd: APB awarded Supplemental Type Certificate for 737-800 Blended Winglets.
Hapag-Lloydis the first airline to operate a Boeing 737-800 with retrofit Blended Winglet technology.
Virgin Blue sets world record in 737-700 wearing Blended Winglets.
Longest flight ever: Maui to Christchurch New Zealand ( 5016 mile).
April 27th: API installs 100th Blended Winglet shipset on the legendary Gulfstream II.
May 29th: APB awarded STC for 737-300 Blended Winglets.
May 29th: APB awarded Supplemental Type Certificate for 737-300 Blended Winglets.
APB announces that Southwest Airlines has ordered 169 shipsets of retrofit Blended Winglets for their fleet.
September 13th: API awarded Supplemental Type Certificate for Hawker 800 Blended Winglets.
May 23rd: APB awarded Supplemental Type Certificate for 757-200 Blended Winglets.
October 31st: Virgin Express becomes the first customer to order 737-300 Blended Winglets.
1000th Blended Winglet installed on American Airlines 757-200.
March - May: Coca Cola installs Blended Winglets on their fleet of 4 Hawker
800 series jets.
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 24th: APB awarded Supplemental Type Certificate for 737-500 Blended Winglets.
October 10th: APB awarded FAA Supplemental Type Certificate for 737-900 Blended Winglets.
July/August: APB flight tests Blended Winglets for the Boeing 767-300ER
May: API Winglets Certified for Falcon 2000 Series