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Airbus Evaluating Sharklets For The A 330  
User currently offlineN14AZ From Germany, joined Feb 2007, 2695 posts, RR: 25
Posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 20954 times:

One surprise of today’s press conference in Hamburg was that Airbus is thinking of sharklets for the A 330. I thought that’s worth starting a separate thread (please delete or move to technical ops if not appropriate).

How do you see this step by Airbus? Seems as if they are still planning with the A 330 for years to come.
As I said in the thread about the press conference: this information was presented by John Leahy. So I don’t think it’s just an academic study but rather a signal to the market.

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User currently onlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 30623 posts, RR: 84
Reply 1, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 20909 times:
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It's a good way to improve the efficiency and performance of the current A330 fleet and keep them active longer in the face of higher fuel costs.

User currently offlineTCASAlert From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 20795 times:

Wow - I hope this happens, I can't wait to see an A330 with them fitted, looks beautiful already!

User currently offlineJerseyFlyer From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 636 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 20620 times:

Presumably this will be for retrofit also - potentially a large market, whereas the forward market beyond what is already on order must surely start to shrink soon.

User currently offlineindia1 From India, joined Aug 2011, 165 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 20458 times:
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They've mentioned only the sharklets bit at the PC, but given that Tony Fernandes has been pushing for a 330NEO in the past, is that any more of a possibility after today?

User currently offlineflyglobal From Germany, joined Mar 2008, 573 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 20378 times:

will this be a settlement with Aviation partners:

They settle the patent issues and Aviation partners will get an offer to supply sharklets to Airbus.
Problam solved.

regards

Flyglobal


User currently onlineseabosdca From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 5325 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 20274 times:

This seems to be the pattern for larger airframes. Both the 757 and 767-300ER got blended winglets very late in the types' production run, and midway through their ultimate service lives. Apparently the same is about to happen to the 777-200ER. It's a good way for operators to keep their existing aircraft within striking distance of newer competitors.

User currently offlinetropical From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2008, 95 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 20104 times:

If it happens, good news for an already very efficient and popular a/c. It just gets better and better!

[Edited 2012-01-17 06:16:58]

User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12128 posts, RR: 51
Reply 8, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 19989 times:

How much more effienicy can blended winglets have over the exsisting winglets on the A-330/-340? Would it really be worth the costs for a 1%-2% improvement?

User currently offlineBoeingVista From Australia, joined Jan 2009, 1563 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 19844 times:

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 8):
How much more effienicy can blended winglets have over the exsisting winglets on the A-330/-340? Would it really be worth the costs for a 1%-2% improvement?

Probably not so we must assume that the improvement is more than 1-2%



BV
User currently offlinebueb0g From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2010, 642 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 19818 times:

I always thought that raked wingtips were more efficient for long haul flights (e.g 77W) than the blended wingtips which are better for shorter and medium haul? (e.g A320's/737 and 757s).


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User currently offlineBurkhard From Germany, joined Nov 2006, 4387 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 19752 times:

Now please also a new engine and the A330 can be produced another 20 years.

User currently offlineairbazar From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 8232 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 19693 times:

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 8):
How much more effienicy can blended winglets have over the exsisting winglets on the A-330/-340? Would it really be worth the costs for a 1%-2% improvement?

It's a medium/long-haul plane. Even a 1% fuel burn efficiency over all those hours could mean the difference between profitability and non-profitability in today's highly competitive industry.


User currently offlineblueshamu330s From UK - England, joined Sep 2001, 2866 posts, RR: 25
Reply 13, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 19701 times:

Quoting Burkhard (Reply 11):
Now please also a new engine and the A330 can be produced another 20 years.

Amen   

Any suggestions ?  

Rgds



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User currently offliner2rho From Germany, joined Feb 2007, 2585 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 19603 times:

Thanks for starting a separate thread, it definitely deserves it.

As the A330 already has first-generation winglets, I assume that there won't be any significant weight increase or reinforcements needed to replace them by current-generation "sharklets". Therefore the 2t MTOW increase for the -200 should go fully into additional PL/Range. In addition, I don't expect huge fuel savings from the sharklets versus old winglets (it's not coming from no winglets at all like the 767 which gained 4-5% IIRC), so let's say 2-3% savings (I doubt Airbus would do this for just 1-2% savings). Now where would 2t MTOW+sharklets put the A330-200 PL-Range wise...I'd say pretty damn close to the 788. And with some luck, the sharklets could even be retrofittable...


User currently offlinecolumba From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 7058 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 19507 times:

Quoting Burkhard (Reply 11):
Now please also a new engine and the A330 can be produced another 20 years.

What about the A350 then ?



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User currently offlinebavair From Germany, joined Jul 2011, 124 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 19372 times:

Quoting columba (Reply 15):
Quoting Burkhard (Reply 11):
Now please also a new engine and the A330 can be produced another 20 years.

What about the A350 then ?

I think the two could compliment each other, especially since the A358 isn't looking to bright at the moment. We'll see where the future will take us.


User currently offlinecarl50mq From Martinique, joined Nov 2007, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 17606 times:

The A320 family, now the A330, and soon the A380 ?

User currently offlineastuteman From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 9979 posts, RR: 96
Reply 18, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 17494 times:
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Quoting r2rho (Reply 14):
Now where would 2t MTOW+sharklets put the A330-200 PL-Range wise...I'd say pretty damn close to the 788.

By my reckoning, about 7 600Nm with a 250 pax payload - near on a par with the 787-8's specs, so, yes, pretty damn close sounds about right  

Rgds


User currently offlineBlueSky1976 From Poland, joined Jul 2004, 1871 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 17344 times:

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 8):
How much more effienicy can blended winglets have over the exsisting winglets on the A-330/-340? Would it really be worth the costs for a 1%-2% improvement?

It was worth for 767, it will be worth for A330.



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User currently offlineDaysleeper From UK - England, joined Dec 2009, 838 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 16889 times:

I’d love to see them drop the A358 and use its engines to do an A330NEO. They could even use the T1000 from the 787, both engines are slightly more powerful but as someone said in the Airbus Press Release thread in theory the A330 wings should be able to support up to 275t so another MTOW bump wouldn’t be out the question.

I think it would be very competitive with the 787-8, perhaps even better than the first few very overweight ones.


User currently onlineseabosdca From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 5325 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 16664 times:

Quoting BlueSky1976 (Reply 19):
It was worth for 767, it will be worth for A330.

It's not quite as clear-cut. The 767 has rather short wings for an airliner its size and originally had no winglets. The A330 has much longer wings to start with and originally came with basic winglets.

That said, I expect it will still be worth it, especially as a retrofit.


User currently offlineLGWflyer From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2011, 2348 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 16617 times:

Interesting! If this happens, I'd love to to see the US A330's get them. Would be the best looking aircraft ever!


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User currently offlineN14AZ From Germany, joined Feb 2007, 2695 posts, RR: 25
Reply 23, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 16550 times:

Quoting seabosdca (Reply 6):
This seems to be the pattern for larger airframes. Both the 757 and 767-300ER got blended winglets very late in the types' production run, and midway through their ultimate service lives.
Quoting carl50mq (Reply 17):
The A320 family, now the A330, and soon the A380 ?

Exactly what I though as well.


User currently offlineghifty From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 891 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 15973 times:

Initial thought: YES.

Why hasn't Airbus considered doing this before? IIRC, aren't the current "winglets" on the A330 pretty much worthless aerodynamically? >1% gains?

It's a shame we won't see any A340 with then.



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25 Post contains links and images LGWflyer : You know I'd also love to see them put on the A300 and A310 too. I'd love to see the sharklets on the Monarch A300's. View Large View MediumPhoto ©
26 ikramerica : Exactly, Airbus should just dump the A358, focus on the A330NG, and hand the 787-9 a stronger competitor. A359 and 10 are 777 competitors/replacement
27 Post contains images airbazar : I can think of 1 airline where that is already the case: TP. Now whether the airline will be around long enough that's a whole different can of worms
28 bonusonus : IIRC, when the A380 was designed, wingtip fences were chosen instead of raked wingtips, because the wingspan was already at a maximum for most airpor
29 RoseFlyer : I don't think that is a safe assumption. Sharklets are not available for retrofit on the A320 since the wing is not strong enough without structural
30 ferpe : You would have to solve the problem of ground clearance, the Trent 700 has a 97.4' fan, the T1000 112 and TXWB 118', it would be an expensive upgrade
31 Post contains images lightsaber : Am I the only one who thinks this will help A333 sales? Most of the discussion seems to be A330NEO or A332 w/new winglets. The largest delta would be
32 JoeCanuck : Who knows? In the end we may end up with a 350 mk1, in all but name. The 330 was a good candidate for the Al-li that was originally planned, and I bel
33 scbriml : While the second part of this statement is accurate, I'm not sure about the first. IIRC, JetBlue has already ordered them for retrofit.
34 SandroZRH : Break it down: Let's assume the average fuel burn for your typical ZRH-ORD flight would be around 50 tons for an A333 (I have no idea -yet- about act
35 Post contains links zeke : Airinsight ran some articles last year which would add some dimension to what is being discussed here. Possibility of an A330 NEO http://airinsight.co
36 astuteman : Airbus were already solving this for the old A350..... Nitpick - the T1000 is 111" fan There are 238t A332's in service now. This is a further 2t on
37 ikramerica : How much range would 7t of fuel add? Or is the A330 fuel capacity limited at max range?
38 tropical : Does anyone know how much over the 80 metre limit would the A380 go with sharklets? Can't be that much surely, and I'm sure most airports that cater
39 KC135TopBoom : They already tried that with the A-350 Mk.I Don't do it. Exactly. It would still be some 30,000 lbs heavier, or more. The B-767 originally didn't hav
40 Post contains images ferpe : The present ACAP states 233t for the 333 but I have a note of an announced increase to 235t for the 333, can anyone verify this? Here my payload-rang
41 Post contains images imiakhtar : 7t will give you a little over one hour of flight. I'm guessing the improvements, if offered, will appear on the A330-200 first. The 330-200 is proba
42 mariner : Which had garnered 200 orders before it was canned. One of the great sadnesses - to me - of recent airline manufacture was the ferocity of the campai
43 ferpe : @Zeke, do you often end up being MZFW limited? With what WV and cabin config in that case (have not done any checks on how a full load pans out theor
44 Post contains links zeke : That is not however for today’s A333. I am interested to see how these improvements work out in the sub 5000 nm range. If you take 400 kg off to ca
45 seabosdca : That is only true for the very earliest build units. Most 788s (including the ones currently on the assembly line) will be several tonnes lighter tha
46 zeke : Maybe 2-3 t? not 30,000 lb..... Still does not help it close the 5t payload advantage the A332 has.
47 ikramerica : But it would make A332/A333 viable 77E replacements for just about every route 77Es fly, other than the stupidly long ones that will be flown by 789
48 ghifty : I have a hard time believing that.. because if that was the case, Airbus could start delivering A340's with two engines instead of four.
49 Post contains links ferpe : The A330 is just that, that is the genius move at the time by A. They had 2 programs wanting the resources, A300-TA9 and TA11, they therefore combine
50 Post contains images poLOT : Airbus does deliver A340s with 2 engines. They call it the A330 It is fundamentally the same wing, with just some extra strengthening here and there
51 Stitch : Yes, Airbus announced it in January 2011 and stated it would be available on deliveries starting in Q1 of 2012. It is designated as WV54.
52 trex8 : And one reason the RAAF chose it because it felt this was a less technically risky solution to the wing refuelling pods than trying to put them on a
53 prebennorholm : It will take a tiny fraction of 5 years if only the engine exists. Otherwise the A330 wouldn't have existed already with engines from three engine ma
54 FRAIAD : From a totally subjective perspective without thinking about additional range and fuel efficiency: Sharklets would completely destroy the beauty of on
55 Post contains images glidepath73 : Maybe.... but lets wait for first renderings.....
56 Post contains images r2rho : I also think this greatly increases the possibility of an A330NEO happening. Why would Airbus invest money & (scarce) resources in an airplane tha
57 astuteman : For what it's worth, if the XWB was just a tad more, well, er, wide, I think that would have made the perfect line-up for Airbus - the old A350 AND a
58 Post contains images KC135TopBoom : That is another 2 hours of flying time, which no one is saying right now. Correct.
59 Burkhard : The A350 is another market than the A330. The A332 is smaller than the A358, and has about 1000 miles less range. Even with winglets and T1000 or sim
60 Post contains images ferpe : The average fuel burn for a 333 is about 6t/hr but it burns about 5t/hr for the last part of the leg. Count 0.4t to get the fuel there (thanks Zeke)
61 Post contains links ferpe : Some nice additional info on the winglets in AW: http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/gener...rease%20Before%20A320&channel=comm A will bring it if it g
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