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Aviation Partners Winglet flies on A320

17th December 2008 - 21:10 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Seattle-based Aviation Partners has flown a blended winglet on the Airbus A320.

The first winglet flight, which took place today in Toulouse using the A320 prototype (F-WWBA) is part of an ongoing programme of tests to further improve the efficiency and performance of the popular narrow-body airliner. Current models of the aircraft family are fitted with wing fences, which improve wing aerodynamics, through several stages of flight. The introduction of winglets can improve the overall effiency of the wing, particularly on longer flights.

Aviation Partners Blended winglets on types such as the Boeing 737 have improved fuel consumption by as much as 7.5% according to some airlines.

The company said: "We expect the performance to mirror that achieved on other jet aircraft using API's Blended Winglet Technology.

"If analyses, including market and financial aspects, provide a positive result, Airbus and API would offer the Blended winglet for the A320 family aircraft."

More than 3,000 airplanes worldwide are flying with Aviation Partners winglets. About 2,850 of those are Boeing airliners.

By Tony Osborne - Editorial Team

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