More sharklets debut at JFK

This entry was written by Flightglobal reporter Jon Hemmerdinger, who we hope to have posting regularly to the Airline Business Blog in short order.

New York planespotters take note: more shark fins may cut the skies above John F. Kennedy (JFK) airport this summer.

JetBlue Airways announced in an 8 June blog post that it is fitting drag-reducing sharklets on the wings of another Airbus A320 aircraft at its Hangar 81 facility at JFK.

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JetBlue Airways

The blog did not say when the aircraft will begin plying skies above New York, and the airline did not immediately respond to a request for information.

JetBlue was the first US carrier to install sharklets on an A320 when it outfitted aircraft N821JB with the new wingtips in February.

The latest aircraft is tail number N809JB, according to photographs published on the blog.

Both aircraft were manufactured in 2012, according to Flightglobal’s Ascend Online database.

JetBlue says sharklets give the A320s an additional 100nm (185km) in range and allow them to carry up to 1,000 pounds (454kg) of additional payload.

The airline initially ordered five sets of sharklets for A320s, but placed another order for 110 sets earlier this year.

JetBlue’s fleet includes 127 A320s, Ascend shows.

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