Definition of winglet
: a small wing; also : a nearly vertical airfoil at an airplane's wingtip that reduces drag by inhibiting turbulence
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Airbus is refining the double-decker A380's design, including adding 4.7-meter (15-foot) winglets, to boost fuel efficiency by as much as 4 percent.
In Paris, Airbus announced Monday a study to add winglets to make the A380 more fuel-efficient and a denser seat configuration to improve its economics.
The aircraft sporting the prototype 'winglet' will be towed out to join others on display at the June 19-25 air show, giving airlines a glimpse of an improvement that Airbus hopes will turn around weak sales of its flagship double-decker.
The 2014 Indy 500 champion, Ryan Hunter-Reay, removed one winglet Saturday.
That jet, the first to debut, promises 8 percent lower operating costs than Airbus’s A320neo jets from upgrades that include new fuel-efficient engines and winglets.
Many of the improvements involve changes to existing planes — like adding winglets to wings, which reduce drag and improve efficiency by a few percentage points, or replacing older engines with more efficient models.
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