Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Sharklets have arrived
I've known these were coming for a while now, and now we've seen them at LAX: The new, more fuel-efficient winglets for the Airbus A320-series. Airbus calls these "Sharklets", and they are available on new production aircraft as well as available for retrofit. Reportedly, they offer a 3.5 percent reduction in fuel consumption on long-haul flights as compared to the standard Airbus wingtip fences seen on the 320-series aircraft.
And, is it just me, or does the paint on Virgin America's Sharklets bear a striking resemblance to American's new tail paint?