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A320 Sharklet Retrofit Close To Launch  
User currently offlineart From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 3382 posts, RR: 1
Posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 7071 times:

http://www.flightglobal.com/news/art...ing-a320-sharklet-retrofit-381239/

"Executive vice-president for programmes Tom Williams says the company has authorisation to offer the retrofit but has been "trying to see if there's enough interest".

But he says that the airframer believes it will have "enough numbers" to launch the retrofit by around March or April, and that the first aircraft could be modified by the latter half of 2014.

The change would take around three weeks and customers would probably schedule the retrofit to coincide with a C-check to minimise downtime."

Elsewhere in the article:

"He says there is a "bit of a weight penalty" from the reinforced outer section. But analysis indicates that the retrofit would provide the same aerodynamic benefits and fuel-burn reduction - around 4% on long sectors - as achieved with new-build sharklet-equipped A320s."

Could be a nice little earner for Airbus.

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User currently offlineFriendlySkies From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 4113 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 6691 times:

Any bets on launch customers?

Given how much pmCO loved winglets, and the transition of the A320s to more Latin America flying, I'd say a UA order is almost a given.


User currently offlineN757ST From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 370 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 6316 times:

JetBlue had already announced being the launch customer I thought.

User currently offlineTheSultanOfWing From El Salvador, joined Dec 2012, 140 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 6180 times:

TACA / Avianca perhaps?

FH



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User currently offlinemingocr83 From Costa Rica, joined Dec 2007, 70 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 5940 times:

Quoting TheSultanOfWing (Reply 3):

Man, there is a A319 in XFW for TACA that has Winglets, will be delivered on 2H'13

http://xfw-spotter.blogspot.com/2013...aca-d-avwl-msn-5406-sharklets.html



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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19954 posts, RR: 59
Reply 5, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 5931 times:

Three weeks, huh? Ouch. How long was the 737 conversion time?

Quoting FriendlySkies (Reply 1):
Given how much pmCO loved winglets, and the transition of the A320s to more Latin America flying, I'd say a UA order is almost a given.

The downtime might mean that uptake might be slow. But I think that virtually every operator who plans to keep their aircraft longer than the payback time will purchase them.

Does anyone know what kind of improvement the current wingtip fences give over an unadorned wingtip?


User currently offlinemingocr83 From Costa Rica, joined Dec 2007, 70 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 5906 times:

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 5):

Reduces wing vortex somehow, but not like the new sharklets. New sharklets are around 3.5-4% in fuel economy and better wing performance..



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User currently offlineB6JFKH81 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2896 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 4077 times:

Quoting N757ST (Reply 2):
JetBlue had already announced being the launch customer I thought.

Obviously I cannot elaborate too much as it is internal information, but yes, our winglet retrofit program is coming....and soon, very soon. The problem is that you have 2 different programs that will need to take place because Airbus will start delivering planes with "sharklets" in the second half of this year, but some planes made before them will have the re-worked wings on them already which makes a retrofit quite easy (able to be done in house). All the other aircraft however are going to require much more re-work so they will be down longer. So this year we should see not only new deliveries with the "sharklets" and some retrofit planes too. Stay tuned LOL.



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User currently offlineanfromme From Ireland, joined Feb 2012, 462 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3882 times:

Quoting mingocr83 (Reply 4):
Man, there is a A319 in XFW for TACA that has Winglets, will be delivered on 2H'13

That's a new-build, though, not a retrofit.



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User currently offlineFriendlySkies From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 4113 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3020 times:

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 5):

In the article it mentioned they could be done as part of a c-check, but I agree...long downtime. I think UA's oldest A320 is a 1994 build?


User currently offlinenzrich From New Zealand, joined Dec 2005, 1523 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2967 times:

Air NZ would probably be a serious contender for these


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User currently offlinegigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 85
Reply 11, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2529 times:

Quoting FriendlySkies (Reply 1):
Given how much pmCO loved winglets, and the transition of the A320s to more Latin America flying, I'd say a UA order is almost a given.

Almost certainly.

Quoting FriendlySkies (Reply 9):
In the article it mentioned they could be done as part of a c-check, but I agree...long downtime. I think UA's oldest A320 is a 1994 build?

The new United has a lot of narrowbodies, with more coming every day. They can cycle a few through at a time.

NS


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