Aviation Photo #1027446 Airbus A320-111 - Airbus

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1st flight with new winglets
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Anonymous
12 years ago
I am really excited to see the A320 finally get winglets!!! They will take some getting use to though.
Anonymous
12 years ago
Looks nice! Hope to see more pictures soon!
Anonymous
12 years ago
What exactly are the winglets and what are they good for???
Anonymous
12 years ago
Nice touch!
Anonymous
12 years ago
Finally! thanks for the pic...
Anonymous
12 years ago
It really looks great!! They should have added the house colors to the winglets too. An excellent idea. Hope they do it with the A318, 19 and 21. T.B.
Anonymous
12 years ago
Nice. Pozdrawiam Mati
Anonymous
12 years ago
"What exactly are the winglets and what are they good for???"


The winglets are there to reduce the induced drag the wing produces, and as a side effect they slightly improve T/O, climp and cruise performance by increasing the maximum takeoff weight and make the aircraft more fuel effecient (and as a result fly further).
Anonymous
12 years ago
Will these ex-Airbus A320-100 become the first A320-300?
Anonymous
12 years ago
Looks like Airbus has finnally agreed with what Boeing and Aviation Partners pioneered on the 737! Too bad they're not as blended as the 737's.
Anonymous
12 years ago
I think that the original winglets looked so much better. It's a shame that Airbus has now done away with them. They now resemble Boeing's winglets too closely.
Anonymous
12 years ago
That is really nice, but its just different!! All those years of looking at the other style of winglets... and now this. Its going to take some time.
Anonymous
12 years ago
Nice shot, but I don't think these winglets look very good at all, at least from this angle.
Anonymous
12 years ago
It reminds me of the Tupolev 204 family now. If they also introduce winglets on the A321, it will hard to make the difference between both!
Anonymous
12 years ago
These now look too close to the Boeing Business Jet. The other ones characterized the A320 in my mind. But good for Airbus if these help performance.
Anonymous
12 years ago
Sorry to spoil the good feelings, but I think they look awful. The winglets on the 737 are so much nicer. I really preferred the original A320 winglet-thingys.
Anonymous
12 years ago
Sorry but I think these new winglets look bad.
Anonymous
12 years ago
Thats Hectic stuff mate!!
Anonymous
12 years ago
Yeah, I think wing fences look lots better.
Anonymous
12 years ago
I don't know why airbus decide to change their winglets into the ever more popular type.Honestly,i prefer the original one.
Anonymous
12 years ago
I think they should stay with the old winglets......I dont like them!!!
Anonymous
12 years ago
Great photo! together with the angle. Too bad... I still like the original winglets because it's differnt from the others. (737,E90)
Anonymous
12 years ago
The most up to dated photo, that I have ever seen in this web site.
Anonymous
12 years ago
Finally A320 has been on the winglet and these are good picture with A320 winglet. Does Airbus will able install more the aircraft on the winglets with the airlines? I'm confused about the picture is perfect for me.
Anonymous
12 years ago
Its looks nice, now it looks like at alrger version of ERJ 190. I think they should have just extended the old ones but its still looks great.
Anonymous
12 years ago
Looks nice the contrast on the photo. About the winglets, I think they took the retro-look very serious, those winglets looks like they were taken from a 727. If they were more curved like the 757 and 737 ones it will look a lot better but for some reason they need to be like that so there no way back...
Anonymous
12 years ago
The winglets are not as impressive as 737NGs
Anonymous
12 years ago
Well, it looks like those combo schemes seen on modified airliners pictures. Nice picture though!
Anonymous
12 years ago
It's really the small bro of the A330 and A340...
Anonymous
12 years ago
I like the new winglets... gives it the new touch on the A320. Kinda miss the old winlets thou - it gave the family a distinct look. Ahh well, whats old is old. It look alright still...
Anonymous
12 years ago
4 stars for the interest of the photo. Now, about the winglets, errmm... it looks weird. I would have to see it in diferent angles. With other engines that not the CFM, I think it would look even worst, so.. I sincerely hope it helps save fuel and enhance performance a lot, cause it sure doesnt look a good aestetics moove. Reminds me of the B757 with winglets. The older and original A320 winglets sure looked better. Let´s see if it´s only a question of "getting used to them". I think these kind of winglets are more suited visually to the widebodys.
Anonymous
12 years ago
A320s don't look atractive with winglets
Anonymous
12 years ago
Is this another april - joke ? they are horrible..
looks like a smaller version of the TU - 204
Anonymous
12 years ago
Well, Boeing was not the first to use winglets.
The russians did it ages before the americans..
Anonymous
12 years ago
Looks like airbus admitted defeat and turned their A320 in an odd looking B737! i still think it looks good, and it would look better if the wingtip in the photo didn't have a 'fin' behind it, making it look too square. i like it!
Nick Willcock
Sydney
Anonymous
12 years ago
Nice shot. But the WL look very strange on that bus. I prefer the Boeing WL =)
Anonymous
12 years ago
Finally!! I couldn't wait anymore! I actually like them even if some are better to look at. Btw is it 100% sure that these are the final winglets? As long as they help the A320 to stay the best seller, I will love them!
Anonymous
12 years ago
A very nice capture, Yannick!

The A320 looks much nicer with winglets than the 757-200.
Anonymous
12 years ago
Very interesting... makes it look like a baby A330 though.
Anonymous
12 years ago
I wonder what jetBlue will like better...the old or the new?? By the way great shot!!
Anonymous
12 years ago
I personally think that aircrafts manufacturers should design their planes very different from the others.. so that people can easily distinguish types of planes they are lookin.. especially SPOTTERS
Anonymous
12 years ago
Finally they have gone to winglets instead of the tipfences. Is it too much speculation to presume that they did it because the competition does it?
Or have they finally found out that fuel performance is acctually better this way and previous statements have proven wrong ?
Anonymous
12 years ago
Winglets.... Everyone's doing it.....
Anonymous
12 years ago
Great shot, but i must agree, A320 is so much better without the winglets
Anonymous
12 years ago
This is NOT the final design of A320-winglets. Airbus says:

"The trials, which began on 4th April with a five hour and five minute flight, will investigate two different designs of winglet, one designed by Airbus and the other designed by Winglet Technologies, a U.S. based company."

And...

"All winglets and wingtip fences work by acting as a barrier between the high-pressure air below the wing and the low-pressure air above it. They reduce the tendency of air to curl up into vortices at the wingtip and, in so doing, reduce drag - and hence fuel-burn - as well as improving aerodynamic efficiency leading to potential improvements in take-off and climb performance."

See the complete news at www.airbus.com
Anonymous
12 years ago
What's next, the A330 gets the original winglets of the A320?
Anonymous
12 years ago
Nice picture! BUT I think the A320 would look a little bit alike with the Boeing 737!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
I hope that they continue with wingtip fences

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