Airbus is proposing several upgrades for the A380. Mark Broadbent outlines the latest development study for the European super jumbo
Airbus used the recent 52nd International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget to announce a development study looking at a range of potential product enhancements for its flagship A380, packaged under
Winglets and MTOW
The most notable element of the study is the addition of large winglets. During the Le Bourget week, A380 test aircraft F-WWDD (msn 4) – now a permanent static exhibit at the Musée de l’Air on the airfield – was displayed with mock-up winglets featuring a 3.5m (11ft 4in) uplet and a 1.2m (3ft 9in) downlet. Airbus says the winglets, together with other, as yet unspecified changes to the wing configuration to reduce drag, should provide a fuel burn saving of 4%.