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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Airline Glossary - Sharklets


Sharklets

What’s a sharklet, we asked you yesterday on our Facebook page. Here’s the answer:

A sharklet is a type of winglet – an extension of an aircraft’s wing that is designed to enhance the airflow around the wingtip area, especially during the cruise phase of flight. Winglets have been around for some time. But the sharklet is a new type of blended winglet that has been developed by Airbus. SWISS took delivery of its first “sharkletted” Airbus – an A321 – in March. The new sharklets are expected to save up to 150 tonnes of fuel per aircraft per year. And all our future Airbus A320-family deliveries will also feature the new sharklet technology.