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New Airbus "Sharklets" Testbed A/C? (PIC)  
User currently onlineSXDFC From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 2356 posts, RR: 21
Posted (2 years 5 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 18682 times:

Hello All:

I saw this new picture :


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Was curious to know if this plane will wear any sort of specialty scheme or the regular Airbus colors? Hopefully this is the first of many more new Airbus aircraft that will wear the new "Sharklets".


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User currently offlinegigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 84
Reply 1, posted (2 years 5 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 18434 times:

Why doesn't it just not have wingtip fences at all right now, I do wonder.

NS


User currently offlinelrdc9 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 610 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 5 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 18265 times:

Quoting gigneil (Reply 1):
Why doesn't it just not have wingtip fences at all right now, I do wonder.

I was wondering the same thing, why would they even install the fences if sharklets are going on before delivery?



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User currently offlineiFlyLOTs From United States of America, joined Apr 2012, 485 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 5 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 18213 times:

Well don't flight tests have to be done? I would think that they would keep the wingtip fences on to do the pre-delivery tests and by then hopefully the sharklets will be certified and you can then unveil this plane with them on. At least, that's how it works in my head.


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User currently offlinelightsaber From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 13138 posts, RR: 100
Reply 4, posted (2 years 5 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 18179 times:
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Quoting iFlyLOTs (Reply 3):
Well don't flight tests have to be done? I would think that they would keep the wingtip fences on to do the pre-delivery tests and by then hopefully the sharklets will be certified and you can then unveil this plane with them on. At least, that's how it works in my head.

Airbus definitely wants accurate fuel burn information on the aircraft in the before and after configuration. What if the aircraft had an undiscovered wing warp or engine defect that increased the fuel burn by 1%? They would be selling winglets to customers with that error in performance.

The converse could also be true. What if the fuel metering equipment was off in measuring the fuel flow rate? By benchmarking a 'known,' Airbus can be certain of the improvements the sharklets provide.

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User currently offlineaeroweanie From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1609 posts, RR: 52
Reply 5, posted (2 years 5 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 17916 times:
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Manufacturers don't like to build aircraft that are non-conforming. If they built the A320 without tip fences, it would not conform to the master drawing list for the aircraft and thus would not be type-conforming. To get a certificate of airworthiness, it would require an individual airworthiness certificate, which would be a hassle. It is far easier to build it to the type certificate, put it on the experimental register after delivery (to Airbus) and then modify it. When they are done testing it, they can de-mod it and return it to normal airworthiness.

User currently offlineUSAIRWAYS321 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1848 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (2 years 5 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 17800 times:

I must say I'll be disappointed when the Airbus wingtip fences go away. They're my favorite design element on the A320 family...such a graceful look IMO.

User currently offliner2rho From Germany, joined Feb 2007, 2633 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (2 years 5 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 17136 times:

Quoting lightsaber (Reply 4):
Airbus definitely wants accurate fuel burn information on the aircraft in the before and after configuration. What if the aircraft had an undiscovered wing warp or engine defect that increased the fuel burn by 1%? They would be selling winglets to customers with that error in performance.

Yes but they've been doing back-to-back tests with sharklets&fences on MSN1 since late last year, you'd think they have enough data by now...

Quoting aeroweanie (Reply 5):
Manufacturers don't like to build aircraft that are non-conforming. If they built the A320 without tip fences, it would not conform to the master drawing list for the aircraft and thus would not be type-conforming. To get a certificate of airworthiness, it would require an individual airworthiness certificate, which would be a hassle. It is far easier to build it to the type certificate, put it on the experimental register after delivery (to Airbus) and then modify it. When they are done testing it, they can de-mod it and return it to normal airworthiness.

This seems like the more plausible explanation. As that is a serial aircraft that will end up going to ANZ, and the sharklets aren't certified yet, Airbus likely has to build it to serial specs first, then modify it after its "delivery" to the flight test department.


User currently offlinePA515 From New Zealand, joined Nov 2007, 883 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 5 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 16648 times:

Quoting r2rho (Reply 7):
As that is a serial aircraft that will end up going to ANZ, and the sharklets aren't certified yet, Airbus likely has to build it to serial specs first, then modify it after its "delivery" to the flight test department.

I don't believe the aircraft in the photo (msn 5098) is for Air NZ as it has CFM engines and Air NZ has IAE engines.

It's possible Air NZ has cancelled the sharklets as there has been talk of them using the remaining 320's on order for domestic routes instead of the original intention of regional routes. Sharklets on domestic sectors would probably have no benefit.

Can anyone confirm who is getting msn 5098, nothing yet on planespotters.

PA515


User currently offliner2rho From Germany, joined Feb 2007, 2633 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (2 years 5 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 16317 times:

Quoting PA515 (Reply 8):
I don't believe the aircraft in the photo (msn 5098) is for Air NZ as it has CFM engines and Air NZ has IAE engines.

It's possible Air NZ has cancelled the sharklets as there has been talk of them using the remaining 320's on order for domestic routes instead of the original intention of regional routes.

Good remark, I hadn't noticed. But if this is the first sharklet a/c and ANZ is (was...?) the launch customer, something is wrong here. Who was the next customer in line for sharklets after ANZ? Perhaps a CFM airline...?   


User currently online817Dreamliiner From Montserrat, joined Jul 2008, 2396 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (2 years 5 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 15846 times:

From this article on flightglobal it will be part of the flight test fleet for sharklets:

http://www.flightglobal.com/news/art...lets-test-programme-in-may-367674/

Quote:
Eight aircraft, including MSN1, will participate in the flight-test regime - one of each A320-family airframe, with both current engine options.

Does the A318 get sharklets as well?



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User currently offlinegingersnap From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2010, 893 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (2 years 5 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 15218 times:

Quoting aeroweanie (Reply 5):
Manufacturers don't like to build aircraft that are non-conforming. If they built the A320 without tip fences, it would not conform to the master drawing list for the aircraft and thus would not be type-conforming. To get a certificate of airworthiness, it would require an individual airworthiness certificate, which would be a hassle. It is far easier to build it to the type certificate, put it on the experimental register after delivery (to Airbus) and then modify it. When they are done testing it, they can de-mod it and return it to normal airworthiness.

Let me remind you of the A320-100......


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So they wouldn't need to install the fences if they didn't have to, instead just install a standard wingtip.



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User currently offlineCyanide72 From Canada, joined Feb 2011, 23 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 5 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 13925 times:

Quoting USAIRWAYS321 (Reply 6):
I must say I'll be disappointed when the Airbus wingtip fences go away. They're my favorite design element on the A320 family...such a graceful look IMO.

I definitely agree with that, I too like the wingtip fence design element in the A320 family, but hey, at least the A380 still has them so it's not all that bad.

http://www.airliners.net/photo/Emirates/Airbus-A380-861/1770837/L

 


User currently onlinePITingres From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 1145 posts, RR: 13
Reply 13, posted (2 years 5 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 13335 times:

Quoting r2rho (Reply 7):
Yes but they've been doing back-to-back tests with sharklets&fences on MSN1 since late last year, you'd think they have enough data by now...

If they only have data from one single frame, I'd say they don't have nearly enough data. If you run a basic set of fence vs winglet measurements on a second, new-build frame and the numbers basically agree, then fine. If they don't, there's some engineering to do. You need a set of measurements against fences vs winglets on at least one more frame to be able to make performance guarantees that you won't regret later.



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User currently offlineUnited727 From United States of America, joined Nov 2010, 405 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (2 years 5 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 12340 times:

Quoting PITingres (Reply 13):
If they only have data from one single frame, I'd say they don't have nearly enough data. If you run a basic set of fence vs winglet measurements on a second, new-build frame and the numbers basically agree, then fine. If they don't, there's some engineering to do.

In comparison to the newer B787 fleet, one would only imagine that there are numerous differences between MSN1 and a current new build!?!? Correct? I don't see how they can predict firm numbers from a ship that does not comply with current build standards.



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User currently offlinegatorman96 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 873 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (2 years 5 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 11899 times:

Quoting r2rho (Reply 7):
Yes but they've been doing back-to-back tests with sharklets&fences on MSN1 since late last year, you'd think they have enough data by now...

Since all aircraft aren't created equal, it certainly makes sense to test fences vs. sharklets on multiple aircraft to ensure the numbers "jive..."

The more data points, the more accurate Airbus can be with the benefits (or lack there of) that sharklets will provide.



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User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2930 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (2 years 5 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 11671 times:

Can sharklets be replaced with the standard wingfences? Perhaps they want to evaluate the wingfences with the new wingtip reinforcement structure as well?


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User currently offlinelightsaber From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 13138 posts, RR: 100
Reply 17, posted (2 years 5 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 11059 times:
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Quoting r2rho (Reply 7):
Yes but they've been doing back-to-back tests with sharklets&fences on MSN1 since late last year, you'd think they have enough data by now...

As Spacepope noted, the reinforcements will change the performance. Or will it?

Did they need the reinforcements to do 'lost sharklet' testing? (All wing treatment devices cannot be fracture or safety critical. In other words, you must be able to fly with one lost. It wouldn't surprise me if Airbus chose to skip that testing until the wing reinforcements were complete.)

Quoting PITingres (Reply 13):
If they only have data from one single frame, I'd say they don't have nearly enough data. If you run a basic set of fence vs winglet measurements on a second, new-build frame and the numbers basically agree, then fine. If they don't, there's some engineering to do. You need a set of measurements against fences vs winglets on at least one more frame to be able to make performance guarantees that you won't regret later.

  

There is also most airframe to airframe or engine to engine variation than anyone wants to discuss. It is also a matter of instrumentation accuracy. In fact, for the level of improvement Airbus is aiming for, statistics implies they need to test 3 airframes to have any meaningful data. They should also test the A319 and A321. While I see zero reason the body length would effect the winglets, it would be risky to guarantee without testing the various A320 body lengths.

In the case of the A320/A321, it is going to be crucial to understand the benefits for MTOW long range missions. (TCON). But Airbus also needs to know the 2300nm mission (US inland hub to far coast), 1200nm (eastern seaboard, long range), and of course shorter missions.

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User currently online817Dreamliiner From Montserrat, joined Jul 2008, 2396 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (2 years 5 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 10978 times:

Quoting lightsaber (Reply 17):
There is also most airframe to airframe or engine to engine variation than anyone wants to discuss. It is also a matter of instrumentation accuracy. In fact, for the level of improvement Airbus is aiming for, statistics implies they need to test 3 airframes to have any meaningful data. They should also test the A319 and A321. While I see zero reason the body length would effect the winglets, it would be risky to guarantee without testing the various A320 body lengths.

I mentioned this in my previous post and linked the flightglobal article as well:

Quoting 817Dreamliiner (Reply 10):
From this article on flightglobal it will be part of the flight test fleet for sharklets:

http://www.flightglobal.com/news/art...lets-test-programme-in-may-367674/

Quote:
Eight aircraft, including MSN1, will participate in the flight-test regime - one of each A320-family airframe, with both current engine options.



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User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12150 posts, RR: 51
Reply 19, posted (2 years 5 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 10349 times:

Are the wings that are assembled in the UK all built with wingtip fences? They the completed wings get shipped to the FAL in Germany where they could be installed on any A-32X?

User currently offlineviasa From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 1880 posts, RR: 6
Reply 20, posted (2 years 5 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 9947 times:

I'm not sure: were the A320s with sharklets than the new A320neo?

User currently offlineAircellist From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 1719 posts, RR: 8
Reply 21, posted (2 years 5 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 9184 times:

I faintly remember (can't find the reference) having read that the new A320 would become the new resident test aircraft for Airbus... After all, MSN 001 has been on the job for quite a long time, now...

Anybody with more info about that one?


User currently offlineUnited727 From United States of America, joined Nov 2010, 405 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (2 years 5 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 8644 times:

Quoting Aircellist (Reply 21):
Anybody with more info about that one?

Yes, It's been mentioned numerous times that this will be the final time that MSN1 will be used as a testbed and in fact will be retired following these "Sharklet" tests.



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User currently offlineaeroweanie From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1609 posts, RR: 52
Reply 23, posted (2 years 5 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 8602 times:
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Quoting gingersnap (Reply 11):
Let me remind you of the A320-100......

So they wouldn't need to install the fences if they didn't have to, instead just install a standard wingtip.

There is a very rigid process, put into place by law, as to how an airplane is configured it is to be certified as airworthy.

If Airbus wanted to build the aircraft as conforming to the A320-100, with no tip fences, it would be limited to a max take-off weight of 149,940 lbs and would have to be powered by CFM56-5A1 or CFM56-5A1/F engines (see the TCDS). Once built as a A320-100, it would be extremely hard, if not impossible, to convert it to a A320-200 and thus would be an unsellable orphan.


User currently offlinetugger From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 5611 posts, RR: 8
Reply 24, posted (2 years 5 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 7674 times:

Quoting gigneil (Reply 1):
Why doesn't it just not have wingtip fences at all right now, I do wonder.

But it does have the wing tips fences on. They are just visually blending into the background grey area where the numbers are painted.

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User currently offlineYOWVIEWER From Canada, joined Jun 2010, 59 posts, RR: 0
Reply 25, posted (2 years 5 months 6 days ago) and read 6733 times:

Quoting tugger (Reply 24):
There is a very rigid process, put into place by law, as to how an airplane is configured it is to be certified as airworthy.

I remember 15 years ago being at Montreal Dorval airport, and watching an Air Canada 747-400 landing, minus one of the winglets. I joked with my son that it must be a 747-350. I am curious as to whether there would have been restrictions on this aircraft at the time, or could the winglet maybe come off during that particular flight ?


User currently offlinetdscanuck From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 12709 posts, RR: 79
Reply 26, posted (2 years 5 months 6 days ago) and read 6362 times:

Quoting YOWVIEWER (Reply 25):
I remember 15 years ago being at Montreal Dorval airport, and watching an Air Canada 747-400 landing, minus one of the winglets. I joked with my son that it must be a 747-350. I am curious as to whether there would have been restrictions on this aircraft at the time, or could the winglet maybe come off during that particular flight ?

It's allowed under the CDL. 10,000 lbs enroute climb restriction / 20,800 lbs takeoff restriction. Airbus almost certainly has something similar for the A320 winglet. They could simply leave it off on that basis (although Airbus isn't a Part 121 carrier unto itself and doesn't have to obey the CDL anyway).

Tom.


User currently offliner2rho From Germany, joined Feb 2007, 2633 posts, RR: 1
Reply 27, posted (2 years 5 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 4895 times:

Quoting United727 (Reply 14):
In comparison to the newer B787 fleet, one would only imagine that there are numerous differences between MSN1 and a current new build!?!? Correct? I don't see how they can predict firm numbers from a ship that does not comply with current build standards.

It's true that MSN1 is quite the Frankenstein a/c after all these years and so many tests performed on it...

Quoting Aircellist (Reply 21):
I faintly remember (can't find the reference) having read that the new A320 would become the new resident test aircraft for Airbus... After all, MSN 001 has been on the job for quite a long time, now...

Anybody with more info about that one?

I have heard that too, but not yet, once NEO arrives. One of the NEO frames should then become the new resident flight test aircraft. Once that happens, I hope TLS has a nice place reserved in a museum for MSN1!  


User currently offlinebreiz From France, joined Mar 2005, 1917 posts, RR: 2
Reply 28, posted (2 years 5 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 4827 times:

Quoting r2rho (Reply 27):
Quoting United727 (Reply 14):In comparison to the newer B787 fleet, one would only imagine that there are numerous differences between MSN1 and a current new build!?!? Correct? I don't see how they can predict firm numbers from a ship that does not comply with current build standards.
It's true that MSN1 is quite the Frankenstein a/c after all these years and so many tests performed on it...

Well, let's remember that MSN 0001 is a testbed, validations need to be performed on current models, hence the eight ac to be involved.

Quoting 817Dreamliiner (Reply 10):
Does the A318 get sharklets as well?

If we believe Flight, yes. But that was not in the original plans AFAIK.


User currently offlinegingersnap From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2010, 893 posts, RR: 5
Reply 29, posted (2 years 5 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 4776 times:

Quoting aeroweanie (Reply 23):
There is a very rigid process, put into place by law, as to how an airplane is configured it is to be certified as airworthy.

If Airbus wanted to build the aircraft as conforming to the A320-100, with no tip fences, it would be limited to a max take-off weight of 149,940 lbs and would have to be powered by CFM56-5A1 or CFM56-5A1/F engines (see the TCDS). Once built as a A320-100, it would be extremely hard, if not impossible, to convert it to a A320-200 and thus would be an unsellable orphan.

Very true. Brain fart moment there.

Thanks for clarifying that.



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User currently offliner2rho From Germany, joined Feb 2007, 2633 posts, RR: 1
Reply 30, posted (2 years 5 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4706 times:

Quoting breiz (Reply 28):
Quoting 817Dreamliiner (Reply 10):
Does the A318 get sharklets as well?

If we believe Flight, yes.

Well, all wings produced after a certain point this year will have the structural reinforcements. And we see from MSN5098 that swapping fences for sharklets is no big deal, provided the structural reinforcements are in place. So I don't see why the A318 shouldn't get them, unless there are high certification costs (even if just paperwork) associated. Plus, sharklets "look cool", which will be an added attractiveness to corporate jets (the only A318 customers these days)


User currently offlinetdscanuck From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 12709 posts, RR: 79
Reply 31, posted (2 years 5 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4518 times:

Quoting lightsaber (Reply 17):
In fact, for the level of improvement Airbus is aiming for, statistics implies they need to test 3 airframes to have any meaningful data. They should also test the A319 and A321. While I see zero reason the body length would effect the winglets, it would be risky to guarantee without testing the various A320 body lengths.

Although that's true, there's really no reason you'd have to do the other two as a *flight* test. Wind tunnel would be perfectly fine to show if there are differences between the body lengths. As long as you have one flight test bird to pin down the corrections from the wind tunnel the risk is pretty small.

Tom.


User currently offlineAircellist From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 1719 posts, RR: 8
Reply 32, posted (2 years 5 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 4311 times:

Quoting r2rho (Reply 27):
Quoting Aircellist (Reply 21):
I faintly remember (can't find the reference) having read that the new A320 would become the new resident test aircraft for Airbus... After all, MSN 001 has been on the job for quite a long time, now...

Anybody with more info about that one?

I have heard that too, but not yet, once NEO arrives. One of the NEO frames should then become the new resident flight test aircraft. Once that happens, I hope TLS has a nice place reserved in a museum for MSN1!  

Right. Thanks for the precision, and fingers crossed for the preservation of a bird I've seen in the making, in summer 1986...


User currently onlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25357 posts, RR: 22
Reply 33, posted (2 years 5 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4011 times:

Quoting tdscanuck (Reply 26):
Quoting YOWVIEWER (Reply 25):
I remember 15 years ago being at Montreal Dorval airport, and watching an Air Canada 747-400 landing, minus one of the winglets. I joked with my son that it must be a 747-350. I am curious as to whether there would have been restrictions on this aircraft at the time, or could the winglet maybe come off during that particular flight ?


It's allowed under the CDL. 10,000 lbs enroute climb restriction / 20,800 lbs takeoff restriction. Airbus almost certainly has something similar for the A320 winglet. They could simply leave it off on that basis (although Airbus isn't a Part 121 carrier unto itself and doesn't have to obey the CDL anyway).

There are photos in the database of aircraft operating with one winglet removed. Here are a few 744s:


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User currently offliner2rho From Germany, joined Feb 2007, 2633 posts, RR: 1
Reply 34, posted (2 years 4 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3215 times:

I hear MSN5098 has come out of the hangar and is now equipped with the "sharklets". Would any of the a-net TLS spotters be so kind to get out there with their cameras?  

User currently offlineSomeone83 From Norway, joined Sep 2006, 3392 posts, RR: 3
Reply 35, posted (2 years 4 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3209 times:

Quoting r2rho (Reply 34):

I hear MSN5098 has come out of the hangar and is now equipped with the "sharklets". Would any of the a-net TLS spotters be so kind to get out there with their cameras?  

Not my camera, but here's a link

http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphot...1580741132_1970583_574056008_n.jpg

http://www.flickr.com/photos/florent_peraudeau/6970047652/


User currently offlinezkojq From New Zealand, joined Sep 2011, 1225 posts, RR: 1
Reply 36, posted (2 years 4 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3082 times:

From Airbus's press release yesterday:

Quote:
n total, seven new-build A320 Family aircraft fitted with both CFM56 and V2500 engine types will test the production-standard Sharklets. The results of the tests will lead up to the certification of these fuel-saving devices on each combination of aircraft model and engine selection. The first member of the family to enter service with Sharklets will be the CFM56-powered A320, from the fourth quarter of 2012.

Unfortunately it turns out that Air New Zealand won't be getting MSN5098. After reading this, I tweeted EADS's social media team. Their response was:

Quote:
they {Air New Zealand} were first to sign contract, not necessarily first to receive a/c. Delivery schedule always subject to customer decision.

This implies that Air New Zealand opted not to take the first deliveries. Anyway, all this begs the question of who will operate MSN5098. Is it already destined for a specific customer once the testing has been completed, or will it take over from MSN1 as Airbus's narrowbody test-bed?

http://www.airbus.com/presscentre/pr...uipped-a320-completed-in-toulouse/

Quoting PA515 (Reply 8):
I don't believe the aircraft in the photo (msn 5098) is for Air NZ as it has CFM engines and Air NZ has IAE engines.

Correct, see above.

Quoting USAIRWAYS321 (Reply 6):

I must say I'll be disappointed when the Airbus wingtip fences go away. They're my favorite design element on the A320 family...such a graceful look IMO.

While I agree that its sad to see the 'classic' wingtip fences go, if the sharklets help Airbus sell more A320s then I'm all for them.

Quoting Aircellist (Reply 21):
Anybody with more info about that one?

That discussion was within the thread about Boeing retiring the 787 testbeds.

Quote:
r2rho,reply=27]Once that happens, I hope TLS has a nice place reserved in a museum for MSN1!

+1



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User currently offlinescouseflyer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 3390 posts, RR: 9
Reply 37, posted (2 years 4 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2996 times:

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 33):

There are photos in the database of aircraft operating with one winglet removed. Here are a few 744s:

IIRC, didn't the A380 that got bent at last summer's Paris airshow get ferried back to TLS with only one winglet / fence?


User currently offlineBoeingVista From Australia, joined Jan 2009, 1580 posts, RR: 3
Reply 38, posted (2 years 4 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2833 times:

Quoting zkojq (Reply 36):
This implies that Air New Zealand opted not to take the first deliveries. Anyway, all this begs the question of who will operate MSN5098. Is it already destined for a specific customer once the testing has been completed, or will it take over from MSN1 as Airbus's narrowbody test-bed?

The original plan was for the first sharklet aircraft to take over from MSN1



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User currently offliner2rho From Germany, joined Feb 2007, 2633 posts, RR: 1
Reply 39, posted (2 years 4 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2677 times:

Quoting zkojq (Reply 36):
This implies that Air New Zealand opted not to take the first deliveries. Anyway, all this begs the question of who will operate MSN5098.

Which could explain the all-white livery...? Who is the first IAE customer in line for sharklets?


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Delta Unveils New Boarding Pass Design -PIC posted Wed Feb 1 2012 07:19:43 by plateman
Delta Unveils New Boarding Pass Design -PIC posted Wed Feb 1 2012 07:19:43 by plateman
Delta Unveils New Boarding Pass Design -PIC posted Wed Feb 1 2012 07:19:43 by plateman
New Airbus Website: Wow! posted Sun Jan 9 2011 21:29:23 by PM
New Airbus Website: Wow! posted Sun Jan 9 2011 21:29:23 by PM
New Airbus Website: Wow! posted Sun Jan 9 2011 21:29:23 by PM
New Airbus Website: Wow! posted Sun Jan 9 2011 21:29:23 by PM
New Airbus Website: Wow! posted Sun Jan 9 2011 21:29:23 by PM
SIA To Order New Airbus And Boeing Aircrafts posted Wed Oct 27 2010 23:27:23 by 328JET
SIA To Order New Airbus And Boeing Aircrafts posted Wed Oct 27 2010 23:27:23 by 328JET
SIA To Order New Airbus And Boeing Aircrafts posted Wed Oct 27 2010 23:27:23 by 328JET
SIA To Order New Airbus And Boeing Aircrafts posted Wed Oct 27 2010 23:27:23 by 328JET
SIA To Order New Airbus And Boeing Aircrafts posted Wed Oct 27 2010 23:27:23 by 328JET
Sad Day---New Airbus 318 Being Scrapped! posted Tue Aug 25 2009 09:33:30 by N471WN
Sad Day---New Airbus 318 Being Scrapped! posted Tue Aug 25 2009 09:33:30 by N471WN
Sad Day---New Airbus 318 Being Scrapped! posted Tue Aug 25 2009 09:33:30 by N471WN
Sad Day---New Airbus 318 Being Scrapped! posted Tue Aug 25 2009 09:33:30 by N471WN
Sad Day---New Airbus 318 Being Scrapped! posted Tue Aug 25 2009 09:33:30 by N471WN
Help With New Airbus A300 Regs Please posted Sun Jun 28 2009 18:13:25 by CodyKDiamond
Help With New Airbus A300 Regs Please posted Sun Jun 28 2009 18:13:25 by CodyKDiamond
Help With New Airbus A300 Regs Please posted Sun Jun 28 2009 18:13:25 by CodyKDiamond
Help With New Airbus A300 Regs Please posted Sun Jun 28 2009 18:13:25 by CodyKDiamond
Help With New Airbus A300 Regs Please posted Sun Jun 28 2009 18:13:25 by CodyKDiamond
Aerolineas New Airbus Fleet. posted Wed Feb 11 2009 10:29:15 by RJ_Delta
Aerolineas New Airbus Fleet. posted Wed Feb 11 2009 10:29:15 by RJ_Delta
Aerolineas New Airbus Fleet. posted Wed Feb 11 2009 10:29:15 by RJ_Delta
Aerolineas New Airbus Fleet. posted Wed Feb 11 2009 10:29:15 by RJ_Delta
Aerolineas New Airbus Fleet. posted Wed Feb 11 2009 10:29:15 by RJ_Delta
New Airbus A350-1000 Order Air Caraïbes posted Mon Sep 15 2008 01:25:37 by PanAm_DC10
New Airbus A350-1000 Order Air Caraïbes posted Mon Sep 15 2008 01:25:37 by PanAm_DC10
New Airbus A350-1000 Order Air Caraïbes posted Mon Sep 15 2008 01:25:37 by PanAm_DC10
New Airbus A350-1000 Order Air Caraïbes posted Mon Sep 15 2008 01:25:37 by PanAm_DC10
New Airbus A350-1000 Order Air Caraïbes posted Mon Sep 15 2008 01:25:37 by PanAm_DC10
Has Anyone Seen Air Jamaica New Airbus 319 posted Sat Sep 13 2008 14:12:48 by Yankeejuliet
Has Anyone Seen Air Jamaica New Airbus 319 posted Sat Sep 13 2008 14:12:48 by Yankeejuliet
Has Anyone Seen Air Jamaica New Airbus 319 posted Sat Sep 13 2008 14:12:48 by Yankeejuliet
Has Anyone Seen Air Jamaica New Airbus 319 posted Sat Sep 13 2008 14:12:48 by Yankeejuliet
Has Anyone Seen Air Jamaica New Airbus 319 posted Sat Sep 13 2008 14:12:48 by Yankeejuliet
New Airbus Client: KD-Avia For 25 X A319 posted Thu May 29 2008 01:45:37 by Beaucaire
New Airbus Client: KD-Avia For 25 X A319 posted Thu May 29 2008 01:45:37 by Beaucaire
New Airbus Client: KD-Avia For 25 X A319 posted Thu May 29 2008 01:45:37 by Beaucaire
New Airbus Client: KD-Avia For 25 X A319 posted Thu May 29 2008 01:45:37 by Beaucaire
New Airbus Client: KD-Avia For 25 X A319 posted Thu May 29 2008 01:45:37 by Beaucaire
IFE On US Airways' New Airbus Widebodies posted Mon Mar 17 2008 12:58:30 by 1337Delta764
IFE On US Airways' New Airbus Widebodies posted Mon Mar 17 2008 12:58:30 by 1337Delta764
IFE On US Airways' New Airbus Widebodies posted Mon Mar 17 2008 12:58:30 by 1337Delta764
IFE On US Airways' New Airbus Widebodies posted Mon Mar 17 2008 12:58:30 by 1337Delta764
IFE On US Airways' New Airbus Widebodies posted Mon Mar 17 2008 12:58:30 by 1337Delta764
Help With New Airbus A300 Regs Please posted Sun Jun 28 2009 18:13:25 by CodyKDiamond
Aerolineas New Airbus Fleet. posted Wed Feb 11 2009 10:29:15 by RJ_Delta
New Airbus A350-1000 Order Air Caraïbes posted Mon Sep 15 2008 01:25:37 by PanAm_DC10
Has Anyone Seen Air Jamaica New Airbus 319 posted Sat Sep 13 2008 14:12:48 by Yankeejuliet
New Airbus Client: KD-Avia For 25 X A319 posted Thu May 29 2008 01:45:37 by Beaucaire
IFE On US Airways' New Airbus Widebodies posted Mon Mar 17 2008 12:58:30 by 1337Delta764
Delta Unveils New Boarding Pass Design -PIC posted Wed Feb 1 2012 07:19:43 by plateman
New Airbus Website: Wow! posted Sun Jan 9 2011 21:29:23 by PM
SIA To Order New Airbus And Boeing Aircrafts posted Wed Oct 27 2010 23:27:23 by 328JET
Sad Day---New Airbus 318 Being Scrapped! posted Tue Aug 25 2009 09:33:30 by N471WN
Help With New Airbus A300 Regs Please posted Sun Jun 28 2009 18:13:25 by CodyKDiamond
Aerolineas New Airbus Fleet. posted Wed Feb 11 2009 10:29:15 by RJ_Delta
New Airbus A350-1000 Order Air Caraïbes posted Mon Sep 15 2008 01:25:37 by PanAm_DC10
Has Anyone Seen Air Jamaica New Airbus 319 posted Sat Sep 13 2008 14:12:48 by Yankeejuliet
New Airbus Client: KD-Avia For 25 X A319 posted Thu May 29 2008 01:45:37 by Beaucaire
IFE On US Airways' New Airbus Widebodies posted Mon Mar 17 2008 12:58:30 by 1337Delta764
Help With New Airbus A300 Regs Please posted Sun Jun 28 2009 18:13:25 by CodyKDiamond
Aerolineas New Airbus Fleet. posted Wed Feb 11 2009 10:29:15 by RJ_Delta
New Airbus A350-1000 Order Air Caraïbes posted Mon Sep 15 2008 01:25:37 by PanAm_DC10
Has Anyone Seen Air Jamaica New Airbus 319 posted Sat Sep 13 2008 14:12:48 by Yankeejuliet
New Airbus Client: KD-Avia For 25 X A319 posted Thu May 29 2008 01:45:37 by Beaucaire
IFE On US Airways' New Airbus Widebodies posted Mon Mar 17 2008 12:58:30 by 1337Delta764
New Airbus Website: Wow! posted Sun Jan 9 2011 21:29:23 by PM
SIA To Order New Airbus And Boeing Aircrafts posted Wed Oct 27 2010 23:27:23 by 328JET
Sad Day---New Airbus 318 Being Scrapped! posted Tue Aug 25 2009 09:33:30 by N471WN
Help With New Airbus A300 Regs Please posted Sun Jun 28 2009 18:13:25 by CodyKDiamond
Aerolineas New Airbus Fleet. posted Wed Feb 11 2009 10:29:15 by RJ_Delta
New Airbus A350-1000 Order Air Caraïbes posted Mon Sep 15 2008 01:25:37 by PanAm_DC10
Has Anyone Seen Air Jamaica New Airbus 319 posted Sat Sep 13 2008 14:12:48 by Yankeejuliet
New Airbus Client: KD-Avia For 25 X A319 posted Thu May 29 2008 01:45:37 by Beaucaire
IFE On US Airways' New Airbus Widebodies posted Mon Mar 17 2008 12:58:30 by 1337Delta764