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Sharklets for A319?

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Jeffry Babb

Hi,

I was just reading the product updates/roadmap post from mid-April and notice that the plans for the sharklets add-on/update product do not seem to include the A319.  However, the current largest operator of airbus single-aisle aircraft operates many A319 with sharklets.  Have I not read something correctly or will the A319 be omitted from the sharklets product plans?

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Norman Blackburn

Hi Jeffry,

You read that correctly.  There will be no sharklet addon for A319-X 

In the past 5 years there have only been on average 4 per year A319 - all kinds - manufactured.  

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Jeffry Babb

Hello,

Thank you Keon and Norman for the answers.  The decision is regrettable to me and the rationale is interesting.

If I discount the NEOs across the board, I show to-date CEO deliveries for this family to be:

  • A320: 4750
  • A321: 1757
  • A319: 1479

This does not put the A319 terribly far behind and I believe a reasonable number of these have received some sharklet conversion, but perhaps not enough?

However, if the FSLabs rationale is about what is out there today and future trends, then I trust/hope that the NEO is on your drawing board as the A319 is indeed not ordered much in the NEO.

I was hoping for completeness as the A319 is not a rarity in the skies and I do not believe the sharklets on the A319 are that rare either.  I could be wrong but I guess my focus was the 32 sharlets A319s that AAL operates.

Kinda bummed, but I appreciate the clear answer.

 

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Ryan Vince
1 hour ago, Jeffry Babb said:

Hello,

Thank you Keon and Norman for the answers.  The decision is regrettable to me and the rationale is interesting.

If I discount the NEOs across the board, I show to-date CEO deliveries for this family to be:

  • A320: 4750
  • A321: 1757
  • A319: 1479

This does not put the A319 terribly far behind and I believe a reasonable number of these have received some sharklet conversion, but perhaps not enough?

However, if the FSLabs rationale is about what is out there today and future trends, then I trust/hope that the NEO is on your drawing board as the A319 is indeed not ordered much in the NEO.

I was hoping for completeness as the A319 is not a rarity in the skies and I do not believe the sharklets on the A319 are that rare either.  I could be wrong but I guess my focus was the 32 sharlets A319s that AAL operates.

Kinda bummed, but I appreciate the clear answer.

I believe only new delivery planes can have the sharklets without major mods.  The only US airline I know that has them is AA and that's on a very limited fleet of "new" A319s

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