B747forever From United States of America, joined exactly 6 years ago today! , 16574 posts, RR: 11 Reply 9, posted (3 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 34483 times:
Quoting LH422 (Reply 6): Quoting JU068 (Reply 2):When will it join the fleet, will it be based in MUC or FRA?
According to http://www.lh-taufnamen.de/lufthansa/ it and another sharklet A320 will join the fleet February 28. Don't know at which hub though.
Doesnt LH rotate their short haul birds throughout the whole system?
3rdGen From Bahrain, joined Jul 2011, 162 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (3 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 34323 times:
Quoting B747forever (Reply 9): Quoting rlwynn (Reply 7):
Why is it called a sharklet? Looks just like a winglet to me.
Boeing have winglets, Airbus have sharklets
Its just nomenclature. Airbus couldn't call it winglets or they'd be said to be stealing the idea from Boeing. So sharklets it is.
The big advantage of the new devices is higher take-off weight, longer range and lower fuel burn. All things that airlines want. Expect a lot of A320s to be retrofitted in the next few years, so you'll see a lot more airlines with these sharklets who don't necessarily have them on order right now.
3rdGen From Bahrain, joined Jul 2011, 162 posts, RR: 0 Reply 21, posted (3 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 32353 times:
Quoting zkojq (Reply 16): I was of the opinion that it was not a retrofit option. Obviously I must read more.
There will be two "types" of retrofits so to speak:
1. Newer A320s were built with new wing structures which which will allow for a quick switch to sharklets, no work is required on the wing structure itself. Basically this was an interim solution since testing and approval for the sharklets was not complete, however, its benefits were obvious.
2. Older A320s will need to have more extensive work done on the wing structure itself before the sharklets can be attached. Might not see too many A320s undergoing this fix, however, if I'm not mistaken airbus already has a plan ready for how this work is to be done if any airlines do opt for it.
So we should see quite a few 320s that were built in the last year or so flying with sharklets in the near future.
3rdGen From Bahrain, joined Jul 2011, 162 posts, RR: 0 Reply 22, posted (3 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 32217 times:
Quoting overcast (Reply 20): Just to clarify, I don't think this a true retrofit. It's just replacing the wing fences with sharklets
That sounds like a retrofit, here's the definition:
v. ret·ro·fit·ted or ret·ro·fit, ret·ro·fit·ting, ret·ro·fits
1. To provide (a jet, automobile, computer, or factory, for example) with parts, devices, or equipment not in existence or available at the time of original manufacture.
2. To install or fit (a device or system, for example) for use in or on an existing structure, especially an older dwelling.
1. To fit into or onto equipment already in existence or service.
2. To substitute new or modernized parts or systems for older equipment: