PARIS: Airbus commits to retrofit winglets on A320s

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Airbus has committed to a winglet retrofit programme on the entire legacy in-service fleet of A320-family aircraft.

The airframer said the programme will be offered from 2013. It has yet to decide whether to deliver it itself or via a joint venture.

John Leahy, chief operating officer for customers, said that the winglets will offer a 3.5% range improvement on the aircraft.

Cost will be in line with the $915,000 it charges for forward-fit sharklets, said Leahy.

US airline JetBlue is likely to be launch customer for the programme.